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mediately to be engravid, and therefore I made lefs fcruple to give a Copy to Lord Orrery, who earnestly defir'd it, but to no body else; and, he tells me, he gave only two, which he will recall. I have a short Epigram of his upon it, wherein I would correct a line or two at most, and then I will send it you (with his permission.) I have nothing against yours, but the laft line, Striking their aching; the two participles, as they are so near, seem to found too like. I shall write to the Duchess,' who hath lately honoured me with a very friendly letter, and I will tell her my opi. nion freely about our friend's papers. I want health, and my affairs are enlarged: but I will break through the latter, if the other mends. I can use a course of medicines, lame and giddy. My chief design, dext to seeing you, is to be a severe Critic on you and your neighbour; but first kill his father, that he may be able to maintain me in my own way of living, and particularly my horses. It cost me near 600 l. for wall to keep mine, and I never ride without two servants for fear of accidents; hic divimus ambitiosa paupertate. You are both too poor for my acquaintance, but he much the poorer. With you I will find grals, and wine, and fervants, but with him not. The collection you speak of is this. A Printer came to me to defire he might priot my works (as he call'd them) in four volumes, by fubfcription. I said I would give no leave, and should be forry to fee them

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printed here. He said they could not be printed in London. I answer'd, they could, if the Partners agreed. He said “ he would be glad of my "" permission, but as he could.print them without it, 6 and was advis'd that it could do me no harm, and “ having been assur’d of numerous subscriptions, he " hoped I would not be angry at his pursuing his own -« intereft, &c." Much of this discourse past, and he goes on with the matter, wherein I determine not to intermeddle, though it be much to my discontent; and I wish it could be done in England rather than here, although I am grown pretty indifferent in every thing of that kind. This is the truth of the story.

My Vanity turns at present on being personated in your Quæ Virtus, &c. You will observe in this letter many marks of an ill head and a low spirit; but a Heart wholly turned to love you with the greatest Earnestness and Truth.

L E T T E R LXVII.

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May 28. 1733 Have began two or three letters to you by Inat.

ches, and been prevented from finishing them by a thousand avocations and dissipations. I must first acknowledge the honour done me by Lord Orrery, whose praises are that precious ointment Solomon speaks of, which can be given only by men of Virtue : all other praise, whether from Posts or Peers, is contemptible alike: and I am old enough and ex. perienced enough to know, that the only praises

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worth having are those bestowed by Virtue for Virtue. My Poetry I abandon to the critics, my Morals I commit to the testimony of those who know me; and therefore I was inore pleas'd with your Libel, than with any Verses I ever receiv'd. I wish such a collection of your writings could be printed here, as you mention going on in Ireland. I was surpriz’d to receive from the Printer that spurious piece, callid The Life and Character of Dr Swift, with a letter, telling me the person, " who publish'd it, had assur’d. “ him the Dedication to me was what I would not “ take ill, or else he would not have printed it." I can't tell who the man-is, who took so far

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him as to answer for my way of thinking: tho', had the thing been genuine, I should have been greatly difpleas’d at the publisher's part, in doing it without your knowledge.

I am as earnest as you can be, in doing my best to prevent the publishing of any thing unworthy of Mr Gay; but I fear his friends partiality. I wish you would come over. All the mysteries of my philofophical work shall then be clear'd to you, and you will not think that I am not merry enough, nor augry enough: It will not want for Satire, but as for Anger I know it not; or at least only that fort of which the Apostle [peaks,

Be ye angry and lin « not.”

My Neighbour's writings have been metaphysical, and will next be historical. It is certainly from him only that a valuable History of Europe in these latter

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times can be expected. Come, and quicken him ; for age, indolence, and contempt of the world, grow upon men apace, and may often make the wifest indif. ferent whether posterity be any wiser than we. To a man in years, Health and Quiet become fuch rarja ties, and consequently fo valuable, that he is apt to think of nothing more than of enjoying them whenever he can for the remainder of life; and this, I doubt not, has caus’d so many great men to die without leaving a {crap to posterity.

I am lincerely troubled for the bad account you give me

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your own health.

I wish every day to hear a better, as much as I do to enjoy my ows, I faithfully affure you.

L E T T E R LXVIII.

From Dr Swift.

Dublin, July 8. 1733. I

Most condole with you for the loss of Mrs Pope, of

whose death the papers have been full. But I would rather rejoice with you, because, if any circum. stances can make the death of a dear Parent and Friend a subject for joy, you have them all. She died in an extreme old age, without pain, under the care of the molt dutiful Son that I have ever known or heard of, which is a felicity not happening to one in a million. The worft effect of her death falls upon me, and fo much the worse, because I expected aliquis damno ufus

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in illo, that it would be followed by making me and this kingdom happy with your presence. But I am told, to my great misfortune, that a very convenient offer happening, you waved the invitation pressed on you, alledging the fear you had of being killed here with eating and drinking. By which I find that you have given fome credit to a notion of our great plenty and hospitality. It is true, our meat and wine is cheaper here, as it is always in the poorest countries, because there is no money to pay for them: I believe there are not in this whole city three Gentlemen out of Employment, who are able to give entertainments once a month. Those who are in Employments of church or state, are three parts in four from England, and amount to little more than a dozen : Those in. deed may once or twice invite their friends,

any person of distinction that makes a voyage hither. All my acquaintance tell me, they know not above three families where they can occasionally dive in a whole year: Dr Delany is the only gentleman I know, who keeps one certain day in the week to entertain seven or eight friends at, dinner, and to pass the evening, where there is nothing of excess, either in eating or drinking. Our old friend Southern (who hath just left us) was invited to dinner once or twice by a judge, a bishop, or a commissioner of the revenues, but most frequented a few particular friends, and chiefly the Doctor, who is eafy in his fortune, and very hospitable. The conveniencies of taking the air, winter or fummer, do far exceed those in London.

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