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and very angry, very little to the purpose, but therefore the more warm and the more angry: Non noStrum eft, Tantas componere lites. I ftay at Twitnam, without fo much as reading news - papers, votes, or any other paltry Pamphlets: Mr. Stopford will carry you a whole parcel of them, which are fent for your diverfion, 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 feason, but my hand (tho', as you fee, it has not lost its cunning) is frequently in very aukward fenfations, rather than pain. But to convince you it is pretty well, it has done fome mifchief already, and juft 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 fome letters have been intercepted, or loft by accident. About ten thousand things I want to tell you: I with you were as impatient to hear them, for if fo, you would, you must come early this fpring. Adieu. Let me have a line from you. I am vex'd at lofing Mr. Stopford as foon as I knew him; but I thank God I have known him no longer. If every man one begins to value must settle in Ireland, pray make me know no more of 'em, and I forgive you this one.

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LETTER XXIII.

Octob. 2, 1727.

Tis a perfect trouble to me to write to you, and your kind letter left for me at Mr. Gay's affected me fo 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 circumftance of life; that 'tis almost as good to be hated as to be loved, confidering the pain it is to minds of any tender turn, to find themselves fo utterly impotent to do any good or give any ease to thofe who deferve moft from us. I would very fain know, as foon as you recover your complaints, or any part of them. Would to God I could eafe 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 yourself easier in any houfe than in mine, tho' at the fame time I can allow for a tendernefs in your way of thinking, even when it feem'd to want that tenderness. I can't explain my meaning, perhaps you know it: But the best way of convincing you of my indulgence, will be, if I live, to vifit you in Ireland, and a&t 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 fome difagreeable news 'from Ireland, which might occafion your fo fudden departure: For the last time I faw you, you affured me you would not leave us this whole winter, unlefs your health grew better, and I don't find it did fo. I never comply'd so unwillingly in my life with any friend as with you, in staying fo intirely from you; nor could I have had the constancy to do it, if

you had not promised that before you went, we fhou'd meet, and you would fend to us all to come. I have given your remembrances to thofe you men tion in yours: we are quite forry for you, I mean for ourfelves. I hope, as you do, that we shall meet in a more durable and more fatisfactory ftate; but the lefs fure I am of that, the more I would indulge it in this. We are to believe, we fhall have fomething better than even a friend, there, but certainly here we have nothing fo 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.

Your's, &c.

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LETTER XXIV.

From Dr. SWIFT.

Dublin, Oct. 12, 1727.

Have been long reafoning with myself upon the condition I am in, and in conclufion have thought it best to return to what fortune hath made my home; I have there a large house and fervants and conveniencies about me. I may be worse than I am, and I have no where to retire. I therefore thought it beft to return to Ireland, rather than go to any diftant place in England. Here is my maintainance, and here my convenience. If it pleafes God to restore me to my health, I fhall readily make a third journey; if not, we muft part as all human creatures have parted. You are the best and kindest friend in the world, and I know nobody 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 wifh'd that God almighty would be fo eafy to the weakness of mankind, as to let old friends be acquainted in another state; and if I were to writę an Utopia for heaven, that would be one of my fchemes. 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 uneafy; yet my giddiness alone would not have done, if that unfociable comfortless deafness had not quite tired me. And I believe I fhould have returned from the Inn, if I had not feared it was only a fhort intermiffion, and the year was late, and my licence expiring. Surely befides all other faults, I should be a very ill judge, to doubt your friendship and kindnefs. But it hath pleased God that you are not in a state of health, to be mortified with the care and fickness of a friend. Two fick friends never did well together; fuch an office is fitter for fervants and humble companions, to whom it is wholly indifferent whether we give them trouble or no. The cafe would be quite otherwise if you were with me; you could refufe to fee any body, and 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 confequence, and have gifts proper for attending us; who can bawl when I am deaf, and tread foftly whem I am only giddy and would fleep.

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 fhall lose two er three hundred pounds rather than plague myself

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with accompts; so that I am very well qualified to be a Lord, and put into Peter Walter's hands.

Pray God continue and increase Mr. Congreve's amendment, though he does not deferve it like you, having been too lavish of that health which Nature gave him.

I hope my Whitehall-landlord is nearer to a place than when I left him; as the Preacher faid, "the "day of judgment was nearer, than ever it had been before."

Pray God fend you health, det falutem, det opes; animum æquum tibi ipfe parabis. You see Horace wifhed for money, as well as health; and I would hold a crown he kept a coach; and I shall never be a friend to the Court, till you do fo too.

Your's, &c.

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LETTER XXV.

From Dr. S W1 F T.

Octob. 30, 1727.

HE first letter I writ after my landing was to Mr. Gay; but it would have been wiser to direct it to Tonfon or Lintot, to whom I believe his lodgings are better known than to the runners of the Poft-office. In that Letter you will find what a quick change I made in feven days from London to the Deanery, thro' many nations and languages unknown to the civilized world. And I have often reflected in how few hours, with a fwift horfe or a strong gale, a man may come among a people as unknown to him as the Antipodes. If I did not know you

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