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L E T T E R XCI.

Mr. Pope to Mr. ALLEN.

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Nov. 6, 1736. DO not write too often to you for many rea

sons; but one, which I think a good one, is, that Friends should be left to think of one another for certain intervals without too frequent memorandums: it is an exercise of their friendship, and a trial of their memory: and moreover to be perpetually repeating assurances, is both a needless and suspicious kind of treatment with such as are fincere : not to add the tautology one must be guilty of, who can make out so many idle words as to fill pages with saying one thing. For all is said in this word, I am truly yours.

I am now as busy in planting for myself as I was lately in planting for another. And I thank God for every wet Day and for every Fog, that gives me the head-ach, but prospers my works. They will indeed outlive me (if they do not die in their Travels from place to place ; for my Garden, like my Life, seems, to me, every day to want correction, I hope, at least, for the better) but I am pleased to think my Trees will afford fhade and fruit to others, when I fhall want them no more. And it is no sort of grief to me, that those others will not be Things of my own poor body: But it is enough, they are Creatures of the fame Species, and made by the same hand that made me. I wilh (if a wish would transport me) to see you in the fame employment: and it is no partiality even to you, to lay it would be as pleasing to the full to me,

if I could improve your works, as my own.)

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Talking of works, mine in prose are above three quarters printed, and will be a book of fifty and more sheets in quarto. As I find, what I imagined, the flowness of subscribers, I will do all I can to disappoint you in particular, and intend to publish in January, when the Town fills, an Advertisement, that the book will be delivered by Lady-day, * to oblige all that will subscribe, to do it. In the mean time, I have printed Receipts, which put an end to any perfons delaying upon pretence of doubt, by determining that time. I fend you a few that you may see I am in earnest, endeavouring all I can to save your money, at the same time that nothing can leffen the obligation to me.

I thank God for your health and for my own, - which is better than usual.

I am, &c.

LETTER XCII.

Mr. POPE to Mr. ALLE N.

June 8, 1737

much I your humanity and Friendthip betrayed you

into upon the false report which occasioned your grief. I am now so well, that'I ought not to conceal it from you, as the juft reward of your goodness which · made you suffer for me. Perhaps when a Friend

is really dead (if he knows our concern for him) he knows us to be as much mistaken in our forrow

as you now were : fo that, what we think a real evil is, to such fpirits as see things truly, no more of moment than a meer imaginary one. It is equally as God pleafes ; let us think or call it good or evil,

I wille

I wish the world would let me give myself more to such people in it as I like, and discharge me of half the honours which persons of higher rank bestow on me; and for which one generally pays a little too much of what they cannot bestow, Time and Life. Were I arrived to that happier circumstance, you would see me at Widcombe, and not at Bath. But whether it will be as much in my power as in my wish, God knows. I can only say, I think of it with the pleafure and fincerity becoming one who is, &c.

LET TER XCIII:

Mr. POPE to Mr. ALLEN.

Nov. 24, 1737

T

HE event * of this week or fortnight has

filled every body's mind and mine so much, that I could not get done what you desired as to Dr. P. but as soon as I can get home, where my books lie, I will send them to Mr. K. The death of great persons is such a sort of surprize to all, as every one's death is to himself, tho’ both should equally be expected and prepared for. We begin to esteem and commend our superiors, at the time that we pity them, because then they seem not above ourselves. The Queen shewed, by the confeffion of all about her, the utmost firmness and temper to her last moments, and thro' the course of great torments. What character historians will allow her, I do not know ; but all her domestic fervants, and those nearest her, give her the best teftimony, that of sincere tears. But the Public is * The Queen's death.

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always hard; rigid at best, even when just, in its opinion of any one. The only pleasure which any cne, either of high or low rank, must depend upon receiving, is in the candour or partiality of friends, and that small circle we are con verfant in: and it is therefore the greatest satisfaction to such as wish us well, to know we enjoy that. I therefore thank you particularly for telling me of the continuance, or rather increase of those blessings which make your domestic life happy. I have nothing so good to add, as to assure you I pray for it, and am always faithfully and affection

ately, &c.

LET TER XCIV.

Mr. POPE to Mr. ALLEN.

Twickenham, April 28, 1738. T is a pain to me to hear your old complaint fo

troublesome to you; and the share I have borne, and still bear too often, in the same complaint, gives me a very feeling sense of it. I hope we agree in every other sensation besides this ; for your heart is always right, whatever your body may

be. I will venture too to say, my body is the worst part of me, or God have mercy on my soul. I can't help telling you the rapture you accidentally gave the poor woman (for whom you left a Guinea, on what I told you of my finding her at the end of my garden) I had no notion of her want being so great, as I then told you, when I gave her half a

But I find I have a pleasure to come, for I will allow her something yearly, and that may be but one year, for, I think, by her looks she is not less than eighty. I am determined to take this cha

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rity out of your hands, which, I know, you'll think hard upon you. But so it shall be.

Pray tell me if you have any objection to my putting your name into a poem of mine (incidentally, not at all going out of the way for it) provided I say something of you, which most people would take ill, for example, that you are no man of high birth or quality ? You must be perfectly free with me on this, as on any, nay, on every other occasion.

I have nothing to add but my wishes for your health: every other enjoyment you will provide for yourself, which becomes a reasonable man. Adieu.

I am, &c.

L E T T E R XCV.

Mr. POPE to Mr. ALLEN.

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Jan. 20. OUGHT sooner to have acknowledged yours;

but I have been severely handled by my Asthma, and, at the same time, hurried by business that gave an increase to it by catching cold. I am truly sorry to find that neither yours nor Mrs. A's disorder is totally removed: but God forbid your pain thould continue to return every day, which is worse by much than I expected to hear. I hope your next will give me a better account. Poor Mr. Bethel too is very ill in Yorkshire. And, I do assure you, there are no two men I wish better to. I have known and esteemed him for every moral virtue these twenty years and more.

He has al! the charity, without any of the weakness of and, I firmly believe, never faid a thing he did not

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