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being lent her by that Gentleman, she took the liberty to print ; as appears by the following, which we hall give at length, both as it is something Curious, and as it may serve for an Apology for ourselves.

: To Henry Cromwelt, Elaz

June 27, 1727

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great oppressions I have figh'd under has occasion'd, one is at a loss how ito begin a letter to so kind a friend as your self. But as it was always my resolution, if I must sink, to do it as decently (that is, as filently) as I could: so when I found my self plung'd into unforeseen, and anavoidable ruin, I retreated from the world, and in a manner buried my self in a difmal place, where I knew none, nor none knew me. In this dull unthinking way, have protracted a lingring death (for life it cannot be call’d) ever since you saw me, fequefter'd from company, depriv'd of my - books, and nothing left to converse with but the Letters of my dead, or absent friends, amongst which latter I always plac'd yours, and Mr. Pope's in the firft rank. I lent

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some of them indeed to an ingenious per fon, who was so delighted with the speci

that he importuned me for a light of the rest, which having obtained; he convey'd them to the Press, I must not say altogether with my consent, nor wholly without it. I thought them too good to be lost in oblivion, and had no cause to apprehend the disobliging of any. The publick, viz. all persons of taste and judgment, wou'd be pleas'd with so agreeable an Amusement; Mr. Cromwell cou'd not be angry, since it was but justice to his merit, to publish the folemn, and private profesGions of Love, Gratitude, and Veneration, made him by fo celebrated an Author; and furely Mr. Pope ought not to resent the publication, since the early pregnancy of his Genius was no dishonour to his charaCtet. And yet had either of you been ask'd, common modefty wou'd have oblig'd you to refufe, what you wou'd not be displeas'd with, cif done without your knowledge: And befides to end all dispute, you had been pleas'd to make me a free gift of them, to do what I pleas'd with them: and every one knows that the person to whom a Letter is address’d, has the same right to difpose of it, as he has of goods purchas’d with his money. I doubt not but your generosity and honour will do me the

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right,

1. right, of owning by a line, that I came I hon eftly by them. I flatter my felf, in a 7. few months I shall again be visible to the .. world, and whenever thro' good providence

that Turn Thall happen, I shall joyfully ac

quaint you with it, there being none more 21= truly your oblig'd Servant, than, Sir,

Your faithful, and

most bumble Servant,

E.THOMAS.

- P.S. A Letter, Sir, directed to Mrs. Thou i s mas, to be left at my house, will be safely 9 tranfmitted to her, by

E. CURLL.

To Mr. Pop E.

Epsom, July 6th, 1727. HEN these Letters were first print

ed, I wond'red how Curll cou'd come by 'em, and cou'd not but laugh ac the pompous title ; fince whatever you wrote to me was humour, and familiar Kaillery. As soon as I came from Epjom, I

heard

heard you ha

had been to fee me, and I writ & you a short letter from Will's, that I

long'd to see you. Mr. Ds, about thae 3 time, charg'd me, with giving 'em to a

Mistress, which I positively denied; not in the least, at that time, thinking of it: buc sometime after, finding in the news-papers Letters from Lady Packington, Lady Chudleigh, and Mr. Norris, to the same Sapho or E. T. I began to fear that I was guilty. I have never seen these Letters of Curll's, nor would go to his shop about 'em; I have not seen this Sapho, alias E. T. these seven years; ----- her writing, That I gave her 'em, to do what she wou'd with 'em, is straining the point too far: I thought not of it; nor do I think she did then: Buc fevere Necessity, which catches hold of a Twig, has produc'd all this; which has lain hid, and forgot by me, so many years. Curll fent me a Letter last week, desiring a pofitive answer about this matter, but finding I wou'd give him none, he went to E. T. and writ à Postscript, in her long romantick Letter, to direct my Answer to his house, but they not expecting an An6. Twer, sent a young man to me; whose " name, it seems, is Pattison : I cold him I

should not write any thing, but I believ'd - it might be so, as she writ in her Letter. ? I am extremely concern'd, that my former

Indiscrea

Indifcretion in putting 'em into the hands of this Pretieuse, Thou'd have given you so much disturbance ; for the last thing I fhou'd do wou'd be to disoblige you ; for whom I have ever preserv'd the greatest esteem, and shall ever be, Sir,

Your faithful Friend, and

most bumble Servant,

HENRY CROMWELL.

To Mr. Pope.

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August 1, 1727 HO' I writ my long Narrative from

Epsom iill I was cir'd, yet was I nor facisfied; left any doubt shou'd rest upon your mind. I cou'd not make protestations

Innocence of a grievous crime ; but I was impatient till I came to Town, that I might send you those Letters, as a clear evidence, that I was a perfect stranger to all their proceeding : Shou'd I have protested against it, after the printing, it might have been taken for an attempt to decry

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