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poetical Texts to confirm the one ; and as to the other, I know it was antiently the Custom to sleep in Temples for those who would consult the Oracles, 1. Who dictateth to me slumber
You are an ill Catholick, or a worse Geographer, for, I can affure you, Ireland is not Paradise, and I appeal even to any Spanish Divine, whether Addresses were ever made to a Friend in Hell, or Purgatory. And who are all these Enemies you hint at ? I can only think of Curl, Gildon, Squire Burnet, Blackmore, and a few others whose Fame I have forgot: Tools in my Opinion are as necessary for a good Writer, .as Pen, Ink and Paper. And besides, I would fain know whether every Draper doth not fhew you
three or four damned Pieces of Stuff to set off his good one? However, I will grant, that one thorough Bookselling Rogue is better qualified to vex an Author than all his contemporary Scriblers in Critick or Satire, not only by stolen Copies of what was incorrect or unfit for the Publick, but by downright laying other Men’s Dulness at your Door. I had a long Design upon the Ears of that Curl, when I was in Credit, but the Rogue would never allow me a fair Stroke at them, although my Penknife was ready and sharp. I can hardly believe the Relation of his being poisoned, although the Historian pretendeth to have been an Eyewitness. But I beg Pardon, Sack might do it, although Rats-bane would not: I never saw
the Thing you mention as falsely imputed to you ; but
I think the Frolicks of merry Hours, even when we are guilty, should not be left to the Mercy of our best Friends, until Curl and his Resemblers are hanged.
With Submission to the better Judgment of you and your Friends, I take your Project of an Employment under Langallerie to be idle and unnecessary: Have a little Patience and you will find more Merit and Encouragement at home by the fame Methods. You are un grateful to your Country ; quit but
your own Religion, and ridicule ours, and that will allow you a free Choice for any other, or for none at all, and pay you well into the Bargain. Therefore pray do not run and disgrace us among the Turks, by telling them you were forced to leave your native Home, because we would oblige you to be a Christian ; whereas we will make it appear to all the World, that we only compelled you to be a Whig.
There is a young ingenious * Quaker in this Town, who writeth Verses to his Mistress, not very correct, but in a Strain purely what a poetical Quaker should do, commending her Look and Habit, &c. It gave me a Hint that a Set of Quaker-pastorals might succeed, if our Friend Gay could fancy it, and I think it a fruitful Subject; pray hear what he faith. I believe further, the perfonal Ridicule is not exhausted; and that a Porter, Footman, or Chairman's Pastoral might do well.
Or what think you
of * George Rooke, a Linen Draper.
of a Newgate-Pastoral, among the Whores and Thieves there?
Lastly, to conclude, I love you never the worse for seldom writing to you.
I am in an obscure Scene, where you know neither Thing nor Person
I can only answer yours, which I promise to do after a Sort whenever
think fit to employ me. But I can assure
the Scene and the Times have depressed me won. derfully, for I will impute no Defect to those two paltry Years which have flipt by since I had the Happiness to see you. I am with the truest Esteem,
L E T T E R V.
From Dr. SWIFT to Mr. POPE.
Dublin, Jan. 10, 1721. Thousand Things have vexed me of late Years, upon
which I am determined to. lay open my Mind to you. I rather chuse to appeal to you than to my Lord Chief Justice * Whitshed, under the Situation I am in. For, I take this Cause properly to lie before you: You are a much fitter Judge of what concerns the Credit of a Writer, the Injuries that are done him, and the Reparations he ought to receive. Besides, I doubt, whether the Argu
* A Judge of the King's-Bench in Ireland,
ments I could suggest to prove my own Innocence, would be of much Weight from the Gentlemen of the Long-robe to those in Furs, upon whose Decision about the Difference of Style or Sentiments, I should be very unwilling to leave the Merits of my
Cause. Give me Leave then to put you in Mind, (although you cannot easily forget it) that about ten Weeks before the Queen's Death, I left the Town, upon occasion of that incurable Breach among
great Men at Court, and went down to Berkshire, where you may remember that you gave me the Favour of a Visit. While I was in that Retirement, I writ a * Discourse which I thought might be useful in such a Juncture of Affairs, and sent it
upon fome Difference in Opinion between me and a certain great $ Minister now abroad, the publishing of it was deferred so long that the Queen died, and I recalled my Copy, which hath been ever since in safe Hands. In a few weeks after the Loss of that excellent Princess, I came to my Station here ; where I have continued ever since in the greatest Privacy, and utter Ignorance of those Events which are most commonly talked of in the World, I neither know the Names nor Number of the Family which now
* See the last Piece in this Volume, intitled, Some free Thoughts upon the present State of Affairs.
Henry St. John, Lord Viscount Bolingbroke, then Secretary of State.
reigneth, further than the Prayer-book inform
I cannot tell who is Chancellor, who are Secretaries, nor with what Nations we are in Peace or War. And this manner of Life was not taken up out of any Sort of Affectation, but meerly to avoid giving Offence, and for fear of provoking Party-zeal.
I had indeed written fome Memorials of the four last Years of the Queen's Reign; with some other Informations, which I received, as necessary Materials to qualify me for doing something in an Employment then designed me: But, as it was at the Disposal of a g Person, who had not the smallest Share of Steadiness or Sincerity, I disdained to accept it.
These Papers, at my few Hours of Health and Leisure, I have been digesting into Order, by one Sheet at a Time, for I dare not venture any further, lest the Humour of searching and seizing Papers should revive ; not that I am in Pain of any Danger to myself, (for they contain nothing of present Times or Persons, upon which I shall never lose a Thought while there is a Cat or a Spaniel in the House) but to preserve them from being lost among Messen
gers and Clerks.
I have written in this Kingdom, a uf Discourse to persuade the wretched People to wear their
* Historiographer. § D. of K-t.
of À Proposal for the universal Use of Irish Manufactures. Vide Vol. IV. of the Author's Works.