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think, nor did a thing he could not tell. I am concerned he is in so cold and remote a place, as in the Wolds of Yorkshire, at a hunting seat. If he lives till spring, he talks of returning to London, and, if I possibly can, I would get him to lye out of it at Twickenham, tho' we went backward and forward every day in a warm coach, which would be the properest exercise for both of us, since he is become so weak as to be deprived of riding a horse.

L. Bolingbroke stays a month yet, and I hope Mr. Warburton will come to town before he goes. They will both be pleased to meet each other, and nothing, in all my life, has been so great a pleasure to my nature, as to bring deserving and knowing men together. It is the greatest favour that can be done, either to great genius's or useful men. I wish too, he were a while in town, if it were only to lye a little in the way of some proud and powerful persons, to see if they have any of the best sort of pride left, namely, to serve learning and merít, and by that means diftinguish themselves from their predeceffors.

I am, &c.

LET TER XCVI.

Mr. Pope to Mr. ALLEN.

I

March 6. THANK you very kindly for yours.

fure we shall meet with the same hearts we ever met; and I could wish it were at Twickenham, tho' only to see you and Mrs. Allen twice there instead of once.

But, as matters have turned out, a decent obedience to the government has since ob

you, or so.

liged me to reside here, ten miles out of the capital; and therefore I must see you here or no where. Let that be an additional reason for your coming and staying what time you can. The utmost I can do, I will venture to tell

you in your ear. I may slide along the Surrey side (where no Middlesex justice can pretend any cognizance) to Battersea, and thence cross the water for an hour or two, in a close chair, to dine with

But to be in town, I fear, will be imprudent, and thought insolent. At least, hitherto, all comply with the proclamation *.

I write thus early, that you may let me know if

your day continues, and I will have every room in

my house as warm for you as the owner always would be. It may possibly be, that I shall be taking the secret Aight I speak of to Battersea, before you come, with Mr. Warburton, . whom I have promised to make known to the only great man in Europe, who knows as much as He. And from thence we may return the 16th, or any day, hither, and meet you, without fail, if you fix your

day.

I would not make ill health come into the scale, as to keeping me here (tho', in truth, it now bears very hard upon me again, and the least accident of cold, or motion almost, throws me into a very dangerous and suffering condition.) God send you long life, and an eafier enjoyment of your breath than I now can expect, I fear, &c.

On the Invasion, at that time threatened from France and the Pretender.

LET

L E T T E R S

OF

Mr. P O P E

Τ Ο

Mr. W ARB U R T O N.

LET TER XCVII.

I

April 11, 1739. Have just received from Mr. R. two more of

It is in the greatest hurry imaginable that I write this, but I cannot help thanking you in particular for your Third Letter, which is so extremely clear, short, and full, that I think Mr. Crouzaz t ought never to have another answer, and deserved not so good an one. I can only say, you do him too much honour, and me too much right, so odd as the expression seems, for you have made my system as clear as I ought to have done and could

It is indeed the same system as mine, but il

not.

* Commentaries on the Eliyon Man.

† A German professor, who wrote remarks upon the philosophy of that Elay. 3

lustrated

lustrated with a ray of your own, as they say our natural body is the same still when it is glorificd I am sure I like it better than I did before, and so will every man else. I know I meant just what you explain, but I did not explain my own meaning so well as you. You understand me as well as I do myself, but you express me better than I could express myself.' Pray accept the sincerest acknowledgments. I cannot but wish these letters were put together in one book, and intend (with your leave) to procure a translation of part, at least, or of all of them into French * ; but I shall not proceed a step without your confent and opinion, &c.

LET TER XCVIII.

T through many."degrees of civil obligation,

May 26, 1739. THE dissipation in which I am obliged

, which ought not to rob a man of himself who passes for an independent one, and yet make me every body's servant more than my own : This, Sir, is the occasion of my silence to you, to whom I really have more obligation than to almost any man. By writing, indeed, I proposed no more than to tell you my sense of it: As to any corrections of your Letters I could make none, but what resulted from inverting the Order of them, and those expressions relating to myself which I thought exaggerated. I could not find a word to alter in the last letter, which I return'd immediately to the Bookseller. I must particularly thank you for the mention you

* They were all translated into that language by a French gentleman of condition, who is now in an eininent station in his own country.

have made of me in your Postscript* to the last Edition of the Legation of Moses. I am much more pleased with a compliment that links me to a virtuous Man, and by the best fimilitude, that of a good mind (even a better and stronger tye than the similitude of studies) than I could be proud of any other whatsoever. May that independency, charity, and competency attend you, which sets a good priest above a bishop, and truly makes his Fortune ; that is, his happiness in this life as well as in the other,

I

me;

LET TER XCIX. .

Twitenham, Sept. 20, 1739:
Received with great pleasure the paper you sent

and
yet
with
greater,

the prospect you give me of a nearer acquaintance with you when you come to Town. I shall hope what part of your time you can afford me, amongst the number of those who esteem you, will be past rather in this place than in London ; since it is here only I live as I ought, mihi et amicis. I therefore depend on your promise, and so much as my conftitution fuffers by the winter, I yet affure you, such an acquisition will make the spring much the more welcome to me, when it is to bring you hither, cum zephyris et hirundine prima.

As soon as Mr. R. can transmit to me an entire copy of your Letters, I with he had your leave so to do; that I may put the book into the hands of a

* He means, a Vindication of the Author of the Divine Legation, against some papers in the Weekly Miscellany: in which the Editor applied to his own case those lines in the Epistle to Dr. Arbuthnot, Me let the tender office long engage, &c.

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