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L E T T E R S
Mr POPE to Mr G A'Y..
From 1712 to 1730.
Nov. 13, 1712. OU writ me a very kind Letter fome
Months ago, and told me you were Y
then upon the point of taking a Journey into Devonshire. That hinder'd
my answering you, and I have since several times enquir'd of you, without any Satisfaction ; for so I call the Knowledge of your Welfare, or of any thing that concerns you. I pass'd two Months in Sussex, and since my Return have been again very ill. I writ to Lintot in hopes of hearing of you, but had no Answer to that Point. Our Friend' Mr Cromwell too has been filent all this Year; I believe he has been displeas’d at some or other of my Freedoms ; which I very innocently take, and most with those I think most my Friends.
But this I know nothing of; perhaps he may have
Interest in the World, or Power with those
most affectionate Friend,
and real Servant,
Dec. 24, 1712.
past, to hear more things that have pleas'd me than (I think) almost in all my time beside. But nothing, upon my word has been so home-felt a Satisfaction as the News you tell me of yourself : And you are not in the least mistaken, when you congratulate me upon your own good Success; for I have more People to be happy out of, than any ill-natur'd man can boast. I may with Honesty 3
affirm to you, that notwithstanding the many Inconveniencies and Disadvantages they commonly talk of in the Res angusti domi, I have never found any other, than the Inability of giving People of Merit the only certain Proof of our Value for them, in doing 'em some real Service. For, after all, if. we could but think a little, Self-love might make us Philosophers, and convince us, Quantuli indiget Natura ! Ourselves are easily provided for ; 'tis nothing but the Circumstantials, and the Apparatus or Equipage of human Life that costs so much the furnishing. Only what a luxurious Man wants for Horses and Foot-men, a good-natur’d Man wants for his Friends or the Indigent.
I shall see you this Winter with much greater Pleasure than I could the last ; and I hope as much of your Time as your Attendance on the Duchess will allow you to spare to any Friend, will not be thought loft
upon one who is as much so as any Man. I must also put you in mind, tho' you are now Secretary to this Lady, that you are likewise Secretary to Nine other Ladies, and are to write sometimes for them too. He who is forc'd to live wholly upon those Ladies Favours, is indeed in as preCarious a Condition as any He who does what Chaucer says for Suftenance ; but they are very agreeable Companions, like other Ladies, when a Man only passes a Night or fo with them at his
Leisure, and away.