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of twenty years may be set against the
omission of (perhaps) one month : And if
you complain of this to any other, 'tis you
are in the spleen, and not I in the wrong.
If you think this letter fplenatick, consider
I have just receiv'd the News of the death
of a Friend, whom I esteem'd almost as
many years as you; poor Fenton: He died
at Easthampead, of Indolence and Inactivi-
ty; let it not be your fate, but use Exercise.
I hope the Duchess will take care of you
in this respect, and either make you gal-
lop after her, or teize you enough at home
to serve instead of Exercise abroad. Mrs.
Howard is so concern'd about you, and so
angry at me for not writing to you, and
at Mrs. Blount for not doing the same, that
I am piqu'd with Jealousy and Envy at
you, and hate you as much as if


had a great place at Court; which you will confess a proper cause of Envy and Hatred, in any Poet-militant, or unpension’d. But to fet matters even, I own I love you; and own, I am as I ever was, and just as I ever shall be,

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Yours, &c.



Twickenham, Oct. 16, 1727.
Dear Sir,
HAVE many years ago magnify'd in

my own mind, and repeated to you, a ninth Beatitude, added to the eight in the Scripture; Blefjed is he who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed. I could find in my heart to congratulate you on this happy dismission from all Court-Dependance ; I dare fay I shall find you the Better and the Honefter Man for it, many years hence ; very probably the health fuller, and the chearfuller into the bargain. You are happily rid of many cursed ceremonies, as well as of many ill and vici ous habits, of which few or no men escape theInfection, who are hackney'dand tramelled in the ways of a court. Princes indeed, and Peers (the Lackies of Princes) and Ladies (the Fools of Peers) will smile on you the lefs; but Men of Worch, and real Friends, will look on you the better. There is a thing the only thing which Kings and Queens cannot give you, (for they have it not to give) Liberty, which is worth all they have; and which, as yet, I hope Englishmen need not ask from their hands. You will enjoy That, and your own Integrity, and the Tao


tisfactory Consciousness of having not me-
rited such Graces from them, as they be-
ftow only on the mean, lervile, flattering,
interested, and undeferving. The only
Steps to their favour are such complacen-
cies, such compliances, such distant de-
corums, as delude them in their Vanicies,
or engage them in their Passions. He is
their Greatest favourite, who is their Fal-
Jeft, and when a man, by such vie Gra-
dations, arrives at the height of Grandeur
and Power, he is then ac best but in a cir-
cumstance to be hated, and in a condition
to be banged, for serving their Ends: So
many a Minister has found it !
I believe

you did not want Advice, in the letter you sent by my Lord Grantham. I presume you writ it not, without: And you cou'd not have better, if I guess right at the person who agreed to your doing it, in respect to any Decency you ought to obferve: for I take that person to be a perfect Judge of Decencies and Forms. I am not without fears even on that person's account: I think it a bad Omen : but what have I to do with Court-Omens? -- Dear Guy, adieu. I can only add a plain, uncourtly Speech : While you areno body's Servant, you may be any one's Friend; and as such 1 embrace you, in all conditions of life. While I have a Lhilling, you shall have six-pence, nay eight


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pence, if I can contrive to live upon a groat. I am faithfully

Your, &c.

Aug. 18.

Dear Gay,
F my friendship were as effectual as it

is fincere, you would be one of those people who would be vaftly advantag' and enrich'd by it. lever honour'd those Popes who were most famous for Nepotisim;

'tis a sign that the old fellows loved Somebody, which is not usual in such advanced years. And I now honour Sir Robert Walpole, for his extensive Bounty and Goodness to his private Friends and Relations. But it vexes me to the heart when I reflect, that my friendship is so much less effectual than theirs ; nay so utterly useless that it cannot give you any thing, not even a Dinner, at this distance, nor help the General, whom I greatly love, to catch one fish. My only consolacion is to think you happier than myself, and to begin to envy you, which is next to hating (an excellent Remedy for Love.) How comes it that Providence has been so unkind to me, (who am a greater object of compassion than any fit man alive) that I am forc'd to drink wine, while you

riot in water, prepar'd with oranges by the hand of the Duchess of Queensberry? that I am condemn'd to live on a High-way side, like an old Patriarch, receiving all Guests, where

my Portico (as Virgil has it) Mane falutantum totis vomit ædibus undam, while you are rapt into the Idalian Groves, sprinkled with Rose-water, and live in Burrage, Balm and Burnet up to the chin, with the Duchess of Queensberry? that I am doom'd to the drudgery of dining at Court with the Ladies in waiting at Windo for, while you are happily banish'd with the Duchess of Queensberry? So partial is Fortune in her dispensations! for I deserv'd ten times more to be banish'd than

you, and I know some Ladies, who merit it betó ter than even her Grace. After this I must not name any, who dare do so much for you, as to send you their Services : But one there is, who exhorts me often to write to you, I suppose to prevent or excuse her not doing it herself; she seems (for that is all I'll say for a Courtier) to wish you mighty well. Another who is no Courtier frequently mentions you, and does certainly wish you well - I fancy, after all, they both do so.

I writ to Mr. Fortescue and told him the pains you took to see him. Dr. A. for all


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