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From Dr. Swift to Mr. Popei An Account of several little Pieces or Tracts published as his ; which were, or were not,
genuine. Letter 83. From Dr. Swift.
On the same Subject. Of Mr. Pope's Epiftles, and parti
cularly that on the Use of Riches.. Letter 84... From Dr. Swift. Of the Paper,
called, The Life and Character of Dr. Swift. Of Mr. Gay, and the Care of his Papers. Of a Libel against Mr. Pope. Of the Edition
of the Dean's Works in Ireland; how printed. Letter 85: From Dr. Swift. Of writing Leta
ters: Several of the Ancients wrote them to publish. Of his own Letters. The Carë be fall take of Mr. Pope's, to prevent their
being printed Letter 86. From Dr. Swift. Mention again
of the Chasm in the Letters.' Objections in Ireland to some Passages in Mr: Pope's Letters published in England. The. Dean's own Opi
nion of them. Letter 87. From Dr. Swift. Of his declining
State of Health. His Opinion of Mr. Pope's Dialogue, intitled, One Thousand Seven Hundred and Thirty-eight. The intire Collection of his and Mr. Pope's Letters for Twenty Years and upwards, found, and in the Hands of a Lady, a worthy and judicious Relation of the Dean's. This a Mistake; not in hers, but in some other safe Hands.
TO and FROM
Dr. JONATHAN SWIFT, &c.
From the Year 1714; to 1737.
L ET TER I.
Mr. POPE to Dr. SWIFT.
Yune 18, 1714. Hatever apologies it might become me to make at any other time for
writing to you; I Thall use none now to a man who has owned himself as splenetick as a Cat, in the country. In that circumstance, I know by experience a letter is a. very useful, as well as amusing thing: If you are too busied in State-affairs to read it, yet you may find entertainment in folding it into divers figures, either doubling it into a pyramidical, or twisting it into a ferpentine form, to light a pipe; or if your disposition should not be so mathematical, in taking it with you to that place where men of studious minds are apt to fit longer than ordinary ; where after an abrupt division of the paper,
it may not be unpleasant to try to fit and rejoin Vol. VII. B
the broken lines together. All these amusements I am no stranger to in the country, and doubt not but (by this time) you begin to relish them in your present contemplative situation.
I remember a man, who was thought to have some knowledge in the world, us'd to affirm, that no people in town ever complained they were forgotten by their friends in the country: but my encreasing experience convinces me he was mistaken, for I find a great many here grievously complaining of
you, upon this fcore. I am told further, that you treat the few you correspond with, in a very arrogant style, and tell them you admire at their infolence in disturbing your meditations, or even enquiring of
* retreat ; but this I will not positively affert, because I never received any such insulting Epistle from you. My Lord + Oxford says you have not written to him once since you went: but this perhaps may be only policy, in him or you: and I, who am half a Whig, must not entirely credit any thing he affirms: At || Button's it is reported, you are
gone * Sometime before the Death of Queen Anne, when her Ministers were quarrelling,and Dr.Swift could not reconcile them, he retired to a Friend's House in Berkshire, and never saw them after.
of Robert Harley, Esq; formerly Speaker of the House of Commons, created Earl of Oxford and Earl Mortimer, by Queen Anne, May 24, 1711.
|| A Coffee-house in London, then frequerted by the Wits.
gone to Hanover, and that Gay goes only on an Ambassy to you. Others apprehend some dangerous State-treatise from
retirement; and a Wit who affects to imitaté Balsac, says, that the Ministry now are like those Heathens of old, who received their Oracles from the woods. The Gentlemen of the Roman Catholick
persuasion are not unwilling to credit me, when I whisper that you are gone to meet some Jesuits commissioned from the court of Rome, in order to settle the most convenient methods to be taken for the coming of the Pretender. Dr. Arbuthnot is fingular in his opinion, and imagines your only design is to attend at full leifure to the * life and adventures of Scriblerus. This indeed must be granted of greater importance, than all the rest, and I wish I could promise so well of
you. The top of ambition is to contribute to that great work, and I shall translate Homer by the by. Mr. Gay has acquainted you what progress I have made in it. I can't name Mr. Gay, without all the acknowledgments which I shall ever owe you, on his account. If I writ this in verse, I would tell you, you are like the sun and while men imagine you to be retir’d or absent, are hourly exerting your indulgence, and bringing things to maturity for their advantage.
Of * This Book was published by Mr. Pope, under the Title of, Memoirs of the extraordinary Life, Works, and Discoveries of Martinus Scriblerus. Printed by George Faulkner in Dublin.
Of all the world, you are the man (without flattery) who serve your friends with the least oftentation ; it is almost ingratitude to thank you, considering your temper; and this is the period of all my letter, which I fear you will think the most impertinent. I am with the trueft affection,
L E T T E R II.
Dublin, June 28, 1715.
my not writing. I am naturally no very exact correspondent, and when I leave a country without probability of returning, I think as sel. dom as I can of what I loved or esteemed in it, to avoid the Defiderium which of all things maketh life most uneasy. But you must give me leave to add one thing, that you talk at your ease, being wholly unconcerned in publick events: For, if your friends the Whigs continue, you may hope for some favour; if the Tories return, you are at least sure of quiet. You know how well I loved both || Lord Oxford, and
* Dr. St. George Alh, formerly a Fellow of Trinity College, Dublin, (to whom the Dean was a Pupil) afterwards Bishop of Clogher, and translated to the See of Derry in 1716-17.
|| Robert Harley.