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the purpose, but therefore the more warm and the more angry : * Non nostrum eft, Tantas componere lites. I stay at Twitnam, without so much as reading news-papers, votes, or any other paltry pamphlets. Mr. Stopford will carry you a whole parcel of them, which are sent for your diversion, but not Imitation. For my own part, methinks I am at Glubdubdrib with none but Ancients and Spirits about me.
I am rather better than I use to be at this season, but my hand (tho' as you see, it has not lost its cunning) is frequently in very
aukward sensations, rather than pain. But to convince you it is pretty well, it has done some mischief already, and just been strong enough to cut the other hand, while it was aiming to prune a fruit tree.
Lady Bolingbroke has writ you a long, lively letter, which will attend this: She has very bad health, he very good. Lord Peterborow has writ twice to you ; we fancy some letters have been intercepted, or loft by accident. About ten thousand things I want to tell you : I wish you were as impatient to hear them, for if so, you would, you must come early this spring.. Adieu. Let me have a line from
you. I am vext at losing Mr. Stopford as soon as I knew him : but I thank God I have known him no longer. If every man one begins to
* It is not mine such Factions to compose.
value must settle in Ireland, pray make me know more of 'em, and I forgive you this one.
L E T T E R XXII.
Mr. Pope to Dr. SWIFT.
O&. 2, 1727.
T is a perfect trouble to me to write to you, and your
kind letter left for me at Mr. Gay's affected me so much, that it made me like a girl. I can't tell what to say to you; I only feel that I wish you well in every
circumstance of life: that 'tis almost as good to be hated, as to be loved, considering the pain it is to minds of any tender turn, to find themselves so utterly impotent to do any good, or give any ease to those who deserve most from
I would very fain know, as soon as you recover your complaints, or any part of them. Would to God I could ease any of them, or had been able even to have alleviated any ! I found I was not, and truly it grieved me.
I was forry to find you could think your self easier in any House than in mine, tho' at the same time. I can allow for a tenderness in your way of thinking, even when it seem'd to want that tenderness. I can't explain my meaning, perhaps you know it : But the best
of convincing you of my indulgence, will be, if I VOL. VII.
live, you, in
live, to visit you in Ireland, and act there as much in my own way as you did here in
yours. I will not leave your roof, if I am ill. To your
bad health I fear there was added some disagreeable news from Ireland, which might occasion
your fo sudden departure: for the last time I saw you at Hammersmith, you assured me you would not leave us, unless your health grew better, this whole winter; and I don't find it did so. I never comply'd so unwillingly in my life with any friend as with staying so intirely from you : nor could I have had the constancy to do it, if you had not promised that before you went, we shou'd meet, and you would send to us all to come. I have given your remembrances to those you mention in yours: we are quite sorry for you, I mean for our felves. I hope as you do, that we shall meet in a more durable and more fatisfactory state ; but the less fure I am of that, the more I would indulge it in this. We are to believe we shall have something better than even a friend, there, but certainly here we have nothing so good.
Adieu for this time ; may you find every friend you go to as pleas'd and happy, as every
friend you went from is forry and troubled.
LETTER L ETTER XXIII.
Dr. SWIFT to Mr. Pope.
Dublin, O&t. 12, 1727 HAVE been long reasoning with myself upon
the condition I am in, and in concluTion have thought it best to return to what fortune hath made my home; I have here a large house, and servants and conveniencies about
I may be worse than I am, and I have no where to retire : I therefore thought it best to return to Ireland, rather than go to any distant place in England. Here is my maintenance, and here my convenience. If it please God to restore me to my health, I shall readily make a third journey; if not, we must part as all human creatures have parted. You are the beft and kindest friend in the world, and I know no body alive or dead to whom I am so much obliged; and, if ever you made me angry, it was for your too much care about me. I have often wished that God Almighty would be so easy to the weakness of Mankind, as to let old friends be acquainted in another state ; and, if I were to write an Utopia for heaven, that would be one of
my Schemes. This wildness you must allow for, because I am giddy and deaf.
I find it more convenient to be fick here, without the vexation of making my friends
uneasy; yet my giddiness alone would not have done, if that unfociable comfortless deafness had not quite tired me : And, I believe, I should have returned from the Inn, if I had not feared it was only a short intermission, and the year was late, and my licence expiring. Surely, besides all other faults, I should be a very ill judge, to doubt your friendship and kindness. But it hath pleased God that you are not in a state of health, to be mortified with the care and sickness of a friend: Two fick friends never did well together ; such an office is fitter for servants and humble companions, to whom it is wholly indifferent, whether we give them trouble or no: The case would be quite otherwise if you were with me; you could refuse to see any body : Here is a large house where we need not hear each other if we were both fick : I have a race of orderly elderly people of both fexes at command, who are of no consequence, and have gifts proper for attending us; who can bawl when I am deaf, and tread softly when I am only giddy and would sleep
I had another reason for my haste hither, which was changing my Agent, the old one having terribly involved my little affairs; to which however I am grown fo indifferent, that I believe I shall lose two or three hundred pounds rather than plague myself with accompts : so that I am very well qualified to be a Lord, and put into Peter Walter's hands.