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proach'd me how far short I came of what your great friendship and delicate pen would partially describe

You ask my consent to publish it: to what streights doth this reduce me ? I look back indeed to those evenings I have usefully and pleasantly spent, with Mr. Pope, Mr. Parnelle, Dean Swift, the Doctor, &c. I should be glad the world knew You admitted me to your friendship and since your affection is too hard for your judgment, I am contented to let the world know how well Mr. Pope can write upon a barren subject. 1 rerurn you an exact copy of the verses, that I may keep the Original, as a testimony of the only error you have been guilty of. I hope very speedily to embrace you in London, and to assure you of the particular esteem and friendship where. with I am

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