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Twitenham, Sept. 20, 1739. T Receive with great pleasure the paper you I sent me; and yet with greater, the prospect you give me of a nearer acquaintance with you when you come to Town. I shall hope what part of your time you can afford me, amongst the number of those who esteem you, will be past rather in this place than in London; since it is here only I live as I ought, mibi et amicis. I therefore depend on your promise ; and so much as my constitution suffers by the winter, 1 yet assure you, such an acquisition will make the spring much the more welcome to me, when it is to bring you hither, cum zephyris et hirundine prima.
As soon as Mr. R. can transmit to me an entire copy of your Letters, I wish he had your leave fo to do; that I may put the book into the hands of a French gentleman to translate, who, I hope, will not subject your work to as much ill-grounded criticism as my French translator a has subjected mine. In earnest, I am extremely obliged to you, for thus espousing the cause of a stranger whom you judged to be injured ; but my part, in this sentiment, is the least. The generosity of your conduct deserves esteem, your zeal for truth deserves affection
a Resnel, on whose faulty | faz founded his most plausiand absurd translation Crou- ble objections.
from every candid man: And as such, were I wholly out of the case, I should esteem and love you for it. I will not therefore use you so ill as to write in the general style of compliment; it is below the dignity of the occa
ion: and I can only say (which I say with sincerity and warmth) that you have made me, &c.
Jan. 4, 1739. TT is a real truth that I should have written
I to you oftener, if I had not a great respect for you, and owed not a great debt to you. But it may be no unnecessary thing to let you know that most of my friends also pay you their thanks; and some of the most knowing, as well as most candid Judges think me as much beholden to you as I think myself. Your Letters a meet from such with the Approbation they merit, and I have been able to find but two or three very flight Inaccuracies in the whole book, which I have, upon their observation, altered in an exemplar which I keep against a second Edition. My very uncertain state of health, which is shaken more and
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more every winter, drove me to Bath and Bristol two months since; and I shall not return towards London till February. But 'I have received nine or ten Letters from thence on the success of your Book b, which they are earnest to have translated. One of them is begun in France. A French gentleman, about Monsieur Cambis the Ambassador, hath done the greatest part of it here. But I will retard the Impression till I have your directions, or till I can have the pleasure I earnestly wish for, to meet you in town, where you gave me some hopes you sometimes past a part of the spring, for the best reason, I know, of ever visiting it, the conversation of a few Friends, Pray, suffer me to be what you have made me, one of them, and let my house have its share of you: or, if I can any way be instrumental in accommodating you in town during your stay, I have lodgings and a library or two in my disposal; which, I believe, I need not offer to a man to whom all libraries ought to be open, or to one who wants them so little ; but that 'tis possible you may be as much a stranger to this town, as I wish with all my heart I was. I see by certain fquibs in the Miscellanies that you have as much of the uncharitable spirit pour'd out upon you as the Author you defended from Crousaz. I only wish you gave them no other answer than that of the sun to the frogs, Thining out, in your second book, and the completion of your argument. No man is, as he ought to be, more, or so much a friend to your merit and character, as, Sir,
b The Commentary on lany, by Dr. Webster, Dr. the Essay on Man.
Waterland, Dr. Stebbing, & The Weekly Miscel. | Mr. Venn, and others.
Jan. 17, 1739-40. IT Hough I writ to you two posts ago, I
1 ought to acknowledge now a new and unexpected favour of the Remarks on the fourth Epistle a ; which (though I find by yours attending them, they were sent last month) I received but this morning. This was occasioned by no fault of Mr. R. but the neglect, I believe, of the person, to whose care he consigned them. I have been full three months about Bath and Bristol, endeavouring to amend a complaint which more or less has troubled me all my life: I hope the regiinen this has obliged me to, will make the remainder of it more philosophical, and improve my resignation to part with it at Of the Esay on Man.
last. I am preparing to return home, and shall then revise what my French gentleman has done, and add this to it. He is the same perfon who translated the Ellay into prose, which Mr. Crousaz should have profited by, who, I am really afraid, when I lay the circumstances all together, was moved to his proceeding in fo very unreasonable a way, by some malice cither of his own, or some other's, tho' I was very willing, at first, to impute it to ignorance or prejudice. I see nothing to be added to your work; only some commendatory Deviations from the Argument itself, in my favour, I ought to think might be omitted.
I must repeat my urgent desire to be previously acquainted with the precise time of your visit to London ; that I may have the pleasure to meet a man in the manner I would, whom I must esteem one of the greatest of my Benefactors. I am, with the most grateful and affectionate regard, &c.
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