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List of Names in Arrears at the Treasury, which would at least take up your seven Years Expedient to discharge even one half. I am of Opi. nion, if
you will not be offended, that the furest Course would be to get your Friend who lodgeth in
your House to recommend you to the next chief Governor who cometh over here for a good Civil Employment, or to be one of his Secretaries, which your Parliament-men are fond enough of, when there is no Room at Home. The Wine is good and reasonable; you may dine twice a Week at the Deanry-house; there is a Set of Company in this Town sufficient for one Man;
Folks will admire you, because they have read you, and read of you; and a good Employment will make you live tolerably in London, or fumptuously here; or if you divide between both Places it will be for your Health.
I wish I could do more than say I love you. I left you in a good Way both for the late Court, and the Successors; and by the Force of too much Honesty or too little sublunary Wisdom, you
fell between two Stools. Take Care of your Health and Money; be less modest and more active, or else turn Parson and get a Bishoprick here: Would to God they would send us as good ones from your Side !
I am ever, &c.
L E T T E R VI..
Mr. Pope to Dr. SWIFT.
Jan. 12, 1723. Find a rebuke in a late Letter of
both stings and pleaseth me extremely. Your saying that I ought to have writ a Postfcript to my friend Gay's, makes me not content to write less than a whole Letter; and
your seeming to take his kindly, gives me hopes you will look upon this as a sincere effect of Friendship. Indeed as I cannot but own the Laziness with which you tax me, and with which I may equally charge you, for both of us have had (and one of us hath both had and given) a Surfeit of writing; fo I really thought you would know your self to be so certainly intitled to my Friendship, that it was a polsession you could not imagine stood in need of any further Deeds or Writings to assure you of it.
Whatever you seem to think of your with- . drawn and separate state, at this distance, and in this Absence, Dean Swift lives still in England, in every place and company where he would chuse to live, and I find him in all the Conversations I keep, and in all the Hearts in which I desire any share.
We have never met these out mention of you. Besides my old Acquain
many years with
tance, I have found that all
friends of a latter date are such as were yours before: Lord Oxford, Lord Harcourt, and Lord Harley, may look upon me as one entailed
them by you : Lord Bolingbroke is now returned (as I hope) to take Me with all his other Hereditary Rights: and, indeed, he seems grown so much a Philosopher, as to set his heart upon some of them as little, as upon the Poet you gave him. It is sure my ill fate, that all those I most loved, and with whom I have most lived, must be banished: After both of you left England, my constant Host was the Bishop of * Rochester. Sure this is a Nation that is cursedly afraid of being over-run with too much Politeness, and cannot regain one great Genius, but at the expence of another. I tremble for my Lord Peterborough (whom I now lodge with) he has too much Wit, as well as Courage, to make a solid General: and if he escapes being banished by others, I fear he will banish himself. This leads me to give you fome account of the manner of any life and Conversation, which has been infinitely more various and dissipated, than when you knew me and cared for me ; and among all Sexes, Parties, and Professions. A Glut of Study and Retirement in the first Part of my life, cast me into this; and this I begin to see will throw me again into Study and Retirement.
* Dr. Atterbury, who was banished in 1722.
The Civilities I have met with from oppalite Setts of people, have hindered me from being violent or four to any Party ; but at the same time the Observations and Experiences I cannot but have collected, have made me less fond of, and less surprized at, any : I am therefore the more afflicted and the more angry at the Violences and Hardships I see practised by either. The merry Vein you knew me in, is sunk into a Turn of Reflection, that has made the world pretty indifferent to me ; and have acquired a Quietness of mind, which by fits improves into a certain degree of Chearfulnefs, enough to make me just so good humoured as to with that world well. My Friendships are increased by new ones, yet no part of the warmth I felt for the old is diminished. Aversions I have none, but to Knaves, (for Fools I have learned to bear with) and such I cannot be commonly civil to; for I think those * men are next to Knaves who converse with them. The greatest Man in power of this fort shall hardly make me bow to him, unless I had a personal obligation, and that I will take care not to have. The top pleasure of my life is one I learned from you, both how to gain, and how to use, the Freedom of Friendship with men much my Superiors. To have pleased great men, according to Horace, is a praise ; but not to have flattered them and yet not have displeased them is a greater. I have carefully avoided all intercourse with Poets Vol. VII.
and Scriblers, unless where by great chance I have found a modest one. By these means I have had no quarrels with any personally ; none have been enemies, but who were also Strangers to me; and as there is no need of an Eclaircisment with such, whatever they write or faid I never retaliated, not only never seeming to know, but often really never knowing any thing of the matter. There are very few things that give me the Anxiety of a Wilh ; the strongest I have would be to pass my Days with you, and a few such as you : But Fate hath dispersed them all about the world ; and I find to wish it is as vain, as to wish to see the Millennium and the Kingdom of the Just
If I have sinned in my long filence, consider there is one to whom you yourself have been as great a sinner. As soon as you see his Hand, you will learn to do me justice, and feel in your heart how long a man may be silent to those he truly loves and respects.