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Eclogues to Lord Bolingbroke? I am an ill Judge at this distance; and besides, am, for my case, 'utterly ignorant of the commonest things that pass in the world; but if all Courts have a sameness in them (as the Parsons phrase it) things may be as they were in my time, when all employments went to Parliament-mens Friends, who had been useful in Elections, and there was always a huge List of names in arrears at the Treasury, which would at least take
years expedient to discharge even one half. I am of opinion, if you
will nrot be offended, that the surest course would be to get your Friend who lodgeth in your house tò recommend you to the next chief Governor who comes over here for a good civil employment, or to be one of his Secretaries, which your Parliament-men are fond enough of, when there is no room at home. The wine is good and reasonable ; you may dine twice a week at the Deanry-house; there is a sett of
company in this town sufficient for one man; folks will admire you, because they have read you, and read of
you; and a good employment will make
you live tolerably in London, or sumptuously here; or if you divide between both places, it will be for
health. I wish I could do more than say I love you.
. I left you in a good way both for the late
Court, and the successors ; and by the force of too much honesty or too little sublunary wif
fell between two stools. Take care of your health and money; be less modest and more active; or else turn Parson and get a BiShoprick here: Would to God they would send us as good ones from your side !
I am ever, &c.
L E T T E R VII.
Mr. Pope to Dr. Swift.
Jan. 12, 1723 Find a rebuke in a late Letter of yours, that
a both stings and pleaseth me extremely. Your saying that I ought to have writ a Postscript to my friend Gay's, makes me not content to write less than a whole Letter ; and your seeming to take his kindly, gives me hopes you will look upon this as a sincere effect of Friendship. Indeed as I cannot but own the Laziness with which
you tax me, and with which I may equally charge you, for both of us have had (and one of us hath both had and given:) a Surfeit of writing ; so I
Alluding to his large work on Homer.
really thought ycu would know yourself to bę so certainly intitled to my Friendship, that it was a poffesfion you could not imagine stood in need of any further Deeds or Writings to assure
of it. Whatever
withdrawn and separate state at this distance, and in this Absence, Dean Swift lives still in England, in every place and company where he would chuse to live, and I find him in all the Conversations I keep, and in all the Hearts in which I desire share.
We have never met these many years without mention of
old Acquaintance, I have found that all my friends of a
, later date are such as were yours before : Lord Oxford, Lord Harcourt, and Lord Harley may look upon me as one entailed
them by you: Lord Bolingbroke is now returned (as I hope) to take Me with all his other Hereditary Rights : and, indeed, he seems
grown so much a Philofopher, as to set his heart upon some of them as little, as upon the Poet you gave him. It is sure
ill fate, that all those I most loved, and with whom I moft lived, must be baniiled: After both of you left England, my constant Hoit was the Bishop of k Rochester. Sure this is a nation that is cursedly k Dr. Atterbury.
afraid of being over-run with too much Politeness, and cannot regain one great Genius, but at the expence of another! I tremble for my
. Lord Peterborow (whom I now lodge with) he has too much Wit, as well as Courage, to make a solid General - : and if he escapes being banished by others, I fear he will banish himself. This leads me to give you some account of the manner of
life and Conversation, which has been infinitely more various and diffipated, than when you knew me and cared for me; and among all $exes, Parties, and Professions. A Glut of Study and Retirement in the first part of my life cast me into
and this, I begin to see, will throw me again into Study and Retirement.
1. The Bishop of Rochel- “ Lord Wharton few'd ter thought this to be indeed me a letter he had rethe case; and that the price "s ceived from a certain agreed on for Lord B's re- great General in Spain; turn was his banishment: “ (Lord Peterb.] I told
[ an imagination, which fo“ him, I would by all means Itrongly poffefled him when " have that General recalhe went abroad, that all the led, and fet to writing expoftulations of his friends, 66 here at home, for it was çould not convince him of “ impossible that the folly of it.
$ with so much wit as he m This Mr. Walsh seri- “shewed, could be fit to pusly thought to be the case, “ command an army or do where, in a letter to Mr.
other business.” Let, Pope, he says--.“ When we V. Sep. 9. 106. # were in the North, my
The Civilities I have met with from opposite Setts of people, have hinder'd me from being violent or four to any Party; but at the fame time the Observations and Experiences I cannot but have collected, have made me less fond of, and less surprized at, any : I am therefore the more afflicted and the more angry at the Violences and Hardships I see practised by either. The
knew me in, is funk into a Turn of Reflection, that has made the world pretty indifferent to me; and yet I have acquired a Quietness of mind which by fits improves into a certain degree of Chearfulness, enough to make me just so good humoured as to wish that world well. My Friendships are encreased by new ones, yet no part of the warmth I felt for the old is diminished. Aversions I have none, but to Knaves (for Fools I have learned to bear with) and such I cannot be commonly civil to; for I think those men are next to Knaves who converse with them. The greatest Man in power of this sort shall hardly make me bow to him, unless I had a perfonal obligation, and that I will take care not to have. The top pleasure of my life is one I learned from you both how to gain and how to use ; the Freedom of Friendship with men much my Superiors. To have pleased great men, according to Horace, is a praise ; but not to,
merry Vein you