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main and I were disputing Whig and Tory to death this morning. She is grown very fat, and looks mighty well. Biddy Floyd was there, and she is, I think, very much spoiled with the small-pox.
18. Lord-treasurer is still out of order, and that breaks our method of dining there to-day. He is often subject to a sore throat, and some time or other it will kill him, unless he takes more care that he is apt to do. It was said about the town, that poor Lord Peterborow was dead at Frankfort ; but he is something better, and the queen is sending him to Italy, where I hope the warm climate will recover him : he has abundance of excellent qualities, and we love one another mightily. I was this afternoon in the city, ate a bit of meat, and settled some things with a printer. I will answer your letter on Saturday, if possible, and then send away this; so to fetch up the odd days I lost at Windsor, and keep constant to my fortnight. Ombre time is now coming on, and we shall have nothing but Manley, and Walls, and Stoytes, and the dean. Have you got no new acquaintance ? Poor girls; nobody knows MD's good qualities.—'Tis very cold ; but I will not have a fire till November, that's pozz.—Well, but coming home to-night, I found on my table a letter from MD; faith I was angry, that is with myself; and I was afraid too to see MD's hand so soon, for fear of something, I don't know what: at last I opened it, and it was over well, and a bill for the two hundred guineas. However, 'tis a sad thing that this letter is not gone, nor your twenty-first answered yet.
19. I was invited to-day to dine with Mrs Van, with some company who did not come; but I ate nothing but herrings: you must know I hardly ever eat of above
where I go.
one thing, and that the plainest ordinary meat at table ; I love it best, and believe it wholesomest. You love rarities ; yes you do; I wish you had all that I ever see
I was coming home early, and met the secretary in his chair, who persuaded me to go with him to Britton's ; for he said he had been all day at business, and had eaten nothing. So I went, and the time past so, that we staid till two, so you may believe 'tis late enough.
20. This day has gone all wrong, by sitting up so late last night. Lord-treasurer is not yet well, and can't go to Windsor.
to Windsor. I dined with Sir Matthew Dud. ley, and took occasion to hint to him that he would lose his employment, for which I am very sorry. Lord Pembroke and his family are all come to town.
I was kept so long at a friend's this evening that I cannot send this to-night. When I knocked at my lodgings, a fellow asked me where lodged Dr Swift ? I told him I was the person : le gave me a letter he brought from the secretary's office, and I gave him a shilling : when I came up, I saw Dingley's hand : faith I was afraid, I do not know what. At last it was a formal letter from Dingley about her exchequer business. Well, I'll do it on Monday, and settle it with Tooke. And now, boys, for your letter, I mean the first, N. 21. Let's see ; come out, little letter. I never had the letter from the bishop that Raymond mentions; but I have written to Ned Southwell, to desire the Duke of Ormond to speak to his reverence, that he may leave off his impertinence. What a pox can they think I am doing for the archbishop here ? You have a pretty notion of me in Ireland, to make me an agent for the Archbishop of Dublin.- Why; do you think I value your people's ingratitude about my part in serving them? I remit them their first-fruits of ingratitude, as freely as I got the other remitted to them. This lord-treasurer defers writing his letter to them, or else they would be plaguily confounded by this time. For, he designs to give the merit of it wholly to the queen and me, and to let them know it was done before the Duke of Ormond was lord-lieutenant. You visit, you dine abroad, you see friends; you pilgarlic; you walk from Finglass, you a cat's foot. O Lord--Lady Gore hung her child by the waist; what is that waist ? * I don't understand that word ; he must hang on till you explain or spell it. I don't believe he was pretty, that's a liiii.--Pish; burn your first-fruits ; again at it. Stella has made twenty false spellings in her writing; I'll send them to you all back again on the other side of this letter, to mend them; I won't miss one. Why; I think there were seventeen bishops' names to the letter Lord Oxford received.--I will send you some pamphlets by Leigh ; put me in mind of it on Monday, for I shall go then to the printer ; yes, and the Miscellany. I am migbtily obliged to Walls, but I don't deserve it by any usage of him here, having seen him but twice, and once en passant. Mrs Manley forsworn ombre ! What, and no blazing star appear ? no monsters born ? no whale thrown up ? have you not found out some evasion for her ? She had no such regard to oaths in her younger days. I got the books for nothing, Madam Dingley; but the wine I got not; it was but a promise.—Yes, my head is pretty well in the main, only now and then a little threatening or so.—You talk of
my reconciling some great folks. I tell
what. The secretary told me last night, that he had found the reason why the queen was cold to him for some months past; that a friend had told it him yesterday ; and it was, that they suspected he was at the bottom with the Duke of Marlborough. Then he said, he had reflected upon all I had spoken to him long ago ; but he thought it had only been my suspicion, and my zeal and kindness for him. I said I had reason to take that very ill, to imagine I knew so little of the world as to talk at a venture to a great minister; that I had gone between him and lord-treasurer often, and told each of them what I had said to the other, and that I had informed him so before : he said all that you may imagine' to excuse himself, and approve my conduct. I told him I knew all along that this proceeding of mine was the surest way to send me back to my willows in Ireland, but that I regarded it not, provided I could do the kingdom service in keeping them well together. I minded him how often I had told lord-treasurer, lordkeeper, and him together, that all things depended on their union, and that my comfort was to see them love one another; and I had told them all singly that I had not said this by chance, &c. He was in a rage to be thus suspected; swears he will be upon a better foot, or none at all ; and I do not see how they can well want him in this juncture. I hope to find a way of settling this matter. I act an honest part ; that will bring me neither honour nor praise. MD must think the better of me for it: nobody else shall ever know of it. Here's politics enough for once ; but Madam D. D. gave me occasion for it. I think I told you I have got into lodgings that don't smell ill-O Lord ! the spectacles :
well, I'll do that on Monday too ; although it goes against me to be employed for folks that neither you nor I care a groat for. Is the eight pounds from Hawkshaw included in the thirty-nine pounds five shillings and twopence ? How do I know by this how my account stands ? Can't you write five or six lines to cast it up ? Mine is forty-four pounds per annum, and eight pounds from Hawkshaw makes fifty-two pounds. Pray set it right, and let me know ; you had best.And so now I have answered N. 21, and 'tis late, and I will answer N. 22 in my next: this cannot go tonight, but shall on Tuesday: and so go to your play, and lose your money, with your two eggs a penny; silly jade ; you witty ? very pretty.
21. Mrs Van would have me dine with her again today, and so I did, though Lady Mountjoy has sent two or three times to have me see and dine with her, and she is a little body I love very well. My head has ached a little in the evenings these three or four days, but it is not of the giddy sort, so I do not much value it. I was to see Lord Harley to-day, but lord-treasurer took physic, and I could not see him. He has voided much gravel, and is better, but not well ; he talks of going on Tuesday to see the queen at Hampton Court; I wish he may be able. I never saw so fine a summer day as this was : how is it with you pray ? and can't you remember, naughty packs ? I han't seen Lord Pembroke yet. He will be sorry to miss Dilly : I wonder you say nothing of Dilly's being got to Ireland ; if he be not there soon, I shall have some certain odd thoughts: guess them if you can.
22. I dined in the city to-day with Dr Freind, at one of my printers: I inquired for Leigh, but could