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LETTERS

OF

Dr. SWIFT to Mr. GAY:

From the YEAR 1729 to 1732 a.

L E T T E R XLIX.

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Dublin, March 19, 1729. Deny it. I do write to you according to

the old ftipulation, for, when you kept your old

company, when I writ to one, I writ to all. But I am ready to enter into a new bargain since you are got into a new world, and will answer all your letters. You are first to present my most humble respects to the Duchess of Queensbury, and let her know that I never dine without thinking of her, although it be

a Found among Mr. Gay's Papers, and returned to Dr. Swift by the Duke of Queensbury and Mr. Pope. P.

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with some difficulty that I can obey her when I dine with forks that have but two prongs, and when the sauce is not very consistent. You must likewise tell her Grace that she is a general Toast among all honest folks here, and particularly at the Deanery, even in the face of my Whig subjects.---I will leave my money in Lord Bathurst's hands, and the

management of it (for want of better) in yours :

and

pray keep the interest-money in a bag wrapt up and sealed by itself, for fear of your own fingers under your carelessness. Mr. Pope talks of you as a perfect stranger ; but the different pursuits and manners and interests of life, as fortune hath pleased to dispose them, will never suffer those to live together, who by their inclinations ought never to part. I hope when you are rich enough, you will have some little economy of your own in town or country, and be able to give your friend a pint of Port; for the domestic season of life will come on. I had never much hopes of your vampt Play, although Mr. Pope seem'd to have, and although it were ever so good : But

you

Thould have done like the Parsons, and changed your Text, I mean the Title, and the names of the persons. After all, it was an effect of idleness, for you are in the prime of life, when invention and judgment go together. I wilh you had 100l. a year more

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for horses---I ride and walk whenever good weather invites, and am reputed the best walker in this town and five miles round. I writ lately to Mr. Pope : I wish you had a little Villakin in his neighbourhood ; but you are yet too volatile, and any Lady with a coach and fix horses would carry you to Japan.

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L ETTER L.

Dublin, Nov. 10, 1703. HEN my Lord Peterborow in the

Queen's time went abroad Ambassies, the Ministry told me, that he was such a vagrant, they were forced to write at him by guess, because they knew not where to write to him. This is my case with you ; sometimes in Scotland, sometimes at Ham-walks, fometimes God knows where. You are a man of business, and not at leisure for insignificant correspondence. It was I got you the employment of being my Lord Duke's premier Ministre : for his Grace having heard how good a manager you were of my revenue, thought you fit to be entrusted with ten talents. I have had twenty times a strong inclination to spend a summer near Salusbury-downs, having rode over them more than once, and with a young 3

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parson of Salisbury reckoned twice the Stones of Stonehenge, which are either ninety-two or ninety-three. I desire to present my most humble acknowledgments to my Lady Duchess in return of her civility. I hear an ill thing, that she is matre pulchra filia pulchrior : I never saw her since she was a girl, and would be angry

she should excel her mother who was long my principal Goddess. I desire you will tell her Grace, that the ill management of folks is not to be help'd when they are only bidential, which happens in all poor houses, especially those of Poets ; upon which account a knife was absolutely necessary at Mr. Pope's, where it was morally impossible with a bidential fork to convey a morsel of beef, with the incumbrance of mustard and turnips, into your mouth at once.

And her Grace hath cost me thirty pounds to provide Tridents for fear of offending her, which sum I desire she will please to return me. I am sick enough to go to the Bath, but have not heard it will be good for iny

disorder. I have a strong mind to spend my 200 l. next summer in France; I am glad I have it, for there is hardly twice that sum left in this kingdom. You want no settlement (I call the family where you live, and the foot you are upon, a settlement) till you increase

your

your fortune to what will support you with ease and plenty, a good house and a garden. The want of this I much dread for

you :

For I have often known a She-cousin of a good family and small fortune, passing months among all her relations, living in plenty, and taking her circles, till she grew an old Maid, and every body weary of her. Mr. Pope complains of seldom seeing you; but the evil is unavoidable, for different circumstances of life have always separated those whom friendship would join : God hath taken care of this, to prevent any progress towards real happiness here, which would make life more desirable, and death too dreadful. I hope you have now one advantage

that you always wanted before, and the want of which made your friends as uneasy as it did yourself; I mean the removal of that solicitude about your own affairs, which perpetually fill'd your thoughts and disturbid

your conversa. tion. For if it be true what Mr. Pope seriously tells me, you will have opportunity of saving every groat of the interest you receive; and so by the time he and you grow weary of each other, you will be able to pass the rest of your wineless life, in ease and plenty, with the additional triumphal comfort of never having receiv'd a penny from those tasteless ungrateful people from whom you deserved so much, and who

deserve

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