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LETTER CV. His chagrine on somebody's having printed a new volume of his letters in Ireland
244 CVI. His fatisfaction in the profpeät of meeting his friend in town
245 CVII. Acquainting him with his ebligations to a noble Lord
246 CVIII. An account of his project for adding a fourth book to the DUNCIAD
247 CIX. Invites his friend to Bath
248 Cx. On the fame subject
250 CXI. Relating to the projected edition of bis works
251 CXII. On the fame, and the fourth book of the DunCIAD
252 CXIII. On the same
254. CXIV. On a noble Lord, who made profeffions of service
255 CXV. A character of their common friend, - his
amusements in his garden, and folicitude for the projected edition
256 CXVI. Defures his friend to correct the Esay on Ha
257 CXVII. Thanks him for baving done it 258 CXVHI. Account of the publication of the DUN
260 CXIX. Of his ill state of health..The edition of
his works.-The laureat--and the clergy. ibid. CXX. The increase of his disorder, and the forefight of its consequences
262 CXXI. On the fame
263 The loft Will of Mr, Pope
T Ở AN D R O M
Dr. JONATHAN SWIFT, etc.
From the Year 1714 to 1737.
Mr. POPE to Dr. SWIFT.
June 18, 1714. THATEVER Apologies it might become
me to make at any other time for writ
ing to you, I shall use none now, to a man who has ownd himself as splenetic 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 bufied 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 serpentine form: or, if
your disposition should ñot 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 the broken lines together. All these amusements I am no stranger Vol. IX.
to in the Country, and doubt not but (by this time) you begin to relifh them, in your present contemplative situation.
I remember a man, who was thought to have some knowledge in the world, used 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 score. I am told further, that you treat the few.you correspond with in a very arrogant style, and tell them you admire at their info. lence in disturbing your meditations, or even enquiring of your * retreat : but this I will not pofitively assert, 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 to Hanover, and that Gay goes only on an Embassy to you. Others apprehend some dangerous State treatise from your retirement a Wit, who affects to imitate Balsac, fays, that the Ministry now are like those Heathens of old, who received their Oracles from the Woods. The Gentlemen of the Roman Catholic persuasion are not unwilling to credit me, when I whisper, that you are gone to meet some Jesuits commiffioned from the Court of Rome, in order to fettle 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
* Some time before the Death of Queen Anne, when hrer Ministers were quarrelling, and the Dean could not reconcile them, he retired to a Friend's House in Berk. shire, and never saw them after.
full leisure 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 fo well of you. The top of my own 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 retired or absent, are hourly exerting your indulgence, and bringing things to maturity for their advantage. Of all the world, you are the man (without fattery) 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 truest affection,
* This project (in which the principal persons engaged were Dr. Arbuthnot, Dr. Swift, and Mr. Pope) was a very noble one. It was to write a complete satire in prose upon
the ases in every branch of science, comprised in the history of the life and writings of Scriblerus; of which only some detached parts and fragments were done, such as the Memoirs of Sriblerus, the Travels of Gulliver, the Treatise of the Profund, the literal Cria ticisins on Virgil, &c.
From Dr. Swift to Mr. Pope.
Dublin, June 28, 1715, Y + Lord Bishop of Clogher gave me your
kind letter full of reproaches for my not writing. I am naturally no very exact correfpondent, and when I leave a country without probability of returning, I think as seldom as I can of what I loved or esteemed in it, to avoid the Defides rium which of all things makes life most uneasy. But you
must give me leave to add one thing that you talk at your ease, being wholly unconcerned in public events : For, if your friends the Whigs continue, you may hope for fome favour; if the Tories return, you are at least furę of quiet.' You know how well I loved both Lord Oxford and Bo lingbroke, and how dear the Duke of Ormond is to me: Do you imagine I can be easy while their enemies are endeavouring, to take off their heads ? I nunc & verfus tecum meditare canoros-Do you ima gine I can be easy, when I think of the probable consequences of these proceedings, perhaps upon the very peace of the nation, but certainly of the minds of so many hundred thousand good subjects? Upon the whole, you may truly attribute 'my filence to the Eclipfe, but it was that Eclipse which hap: pened on the first of August.
I borrowed your Homer from the Bishop (mine is not yet landed) and read it out in two evenings, If it pleafeth others as well as me, you have got
# Dr. St. George Alh, formerly a Fellow of Trinity College, Dublin, (to whom the Dean was a Pupil) after. wards Bishop of Clogher, and translated to the See of Derry in 1716.17.