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Pate after sunset, and were here before it was dark. This letter shall go on Thursday, whether I hear from MD or no. My health continues pretty well; pray God Stella may give me a good account of hers: and I hope you are now at Trim, or soon designing it. I was disappointed to night: the fellow gave me a letter, and I hoped to see little MD.'s hand; and it was only to invite me to a venison pasty to day : so I lost my pasty into the bargain. Pox on these declining courtiers ! Here is Mr. Brydges the paymaster general desiring my acquaintance ; but I hear the queen sent lord Shrewsbury to assure him he may keep his place ; and he promises me great assistance in the affair of the first-fruits. Well, I must turn over this leaf to night, though the side would hold another line; but pray consider this is a whole sheet :, it holds a plaguy deal, and you must be content to be weary; but I will do so no more.

Sir Simon Harcourt is made attorney general, and not lord keeper.

18. To day I dined with Mr. Stratford at Mr. Addison's retirement near Chelsea ; then came to town; got home early, and began a letter to the Tatler * about the corruptions of style and writing, &c. and having not heard from you, am resolved this letter shall go to night. Lord Wharton was sent for to town in mighty haste, by the duke of Devonshire : they have some project in hand; but it will not do, for every hour we expect a thorough revolution, and that the parliament will be dissolved. When you see Joe tell him lord Wharton

* See this Tatler (No. 230) in the Fifth volume of this collection.

get the

is too busy to mind any of his affairs; but I will
get what good offices I can from Mr. Addison, and
will write to day to Mr. Pratt ; and bid Joe not to
be discouraged, for I am confident he will
money under any government; but he must have
patience.

19. I have been scribbling this morning, and I believe shall hardly fill this side to day, but send it as it is ; and it is good enough for naughty girls that will not write to a body, and to a good boy like Presto. I thought to have sent this to night, but was kept by company, and could not; and, to say the truth, I had a little mind to expect one post more for a letter from MD. Yesterday at noon died the earl of Anglesea*, the great support of the tories; so that employment of vice treasurer of Ireland is again vacant. We were to have been great friends, and I could hardly have a loss that could grieve me more. The bishop of Durham op died the same day. The duke of Ormond's daughter was to visit me to day at a third place by way of advance, and I am to return it to morrow. I have bad a letter from lady Berkeley, begging me for charity to come to Berkeley castle, for company to my lord, who has been ill of a dropsy ; but I cannot go, and must send iny excuse to morrow. I am told, that in a few hours there will be more removals.

20. To day I returned my visits to the duke's

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John, earl of Anglesea, succeeded his brother James September 19, 1701. He was joint vice treasurer of Ireland.

+ It was not the bishop of Durham, but of St. David's, Dr. George Bull, who died that day. He had been archdeacon of Llandaff; and was raised to the prelacy, April 29, 1705.

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daughters * ; the insolent drabs came up to my very mouth to salute me; then I heard the report confirmed of removals ; my lord president Somers ; the duke of Devonshire, lord steward ; and Mr. Boyle secretary of state, are all turned out to day. I never remember such bold steps taken by a court : I am almost shocked at it, though I did not care if they were all hanged. We are astonished why the parliament is not yet dissolved, and why they keep a matter of that importance to the last. We shall have a strange winter here between the struggles of a cunning provoked discarded party, and the triumphs of one in power ; of both which I shall be an indifferent spectator, and return very peaceably to Ireland, when I have done my part in the affair I am intrusted with, whether it succeeds or not. row I change my lodgings in Pall Mall for one in Bury street, where I suppose I shall continue while I stay in London. If any thing happens to morrow I will add it.-Robin's coffeehouse. We have great news just now from Spain ; Madrid taken and Pampeluna. I am here ever interrupted.

21. I have just received your letter, which I will not answer now; God be thanked all things are so well. I find you have not yet had my second : I had a letter from Parvisol, who tells me he gave Mrs. Walls a bill of twenty pounds for me, to be given to you ; but you have not sent it. This night the parliament is dissolved : great news from Spain; king Charles and Stanhope are at Madrid, and count Staremberg has taken Pampeluna. Farewell. This is from St. James's coffeehouse. I will begin my

* See the Journal hereafter, October 20, 1710.

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answer to your letter to night; but not send it this week. Pray tell me whether you like this journal way of writing.–I do not like your reasons for not going to Trim. Parvisol tells me he can sell your horse. Sell it with a pox? Pray let him know that he shall sell his soul as soon. What? sell any thing that Stella loves, and may sometimes ride ? It is hers, and let her do as she pleases : pray let him know this by the first that you know goes to Trim. Let him sell my gray, and be hanged.

LETTER IV.

London, Sept. 21, 1710. HERE must I begin another letter, on a whole sheet for fear saucy little MD should be angry, and think much that the paper is too little. I had your

letter this night, as I told you just and no more in my last ; for this must be taken up in answering yours, saucebox. I believe I told you where I dined to day; and to morrow I go out of town for two days to dine with the same company on Sunday; Molesworth the Florence envoy*, Stratford, and some others. I heard to day that a gentlewoman from lady Giffard's house had been at the coffeehouse to inquire for me. It was Stella's mother, I suppose. I shall send her a pennypost letter to morrow, and contrive to see her without hazarding seeing lady Giffard, which I will not do until she begs my pardon.

* John Molesworth, envoy extraordinary from queen Anne to the grand duke of Tuscany, and from king George I, in 1720, to the king of Sardinia ; and afterward to the states of Venice and Switzerland. He was a commissioner of the stampoffice, and the second lord viscount Molesworth, succeeding to that title in May, 1723, but lived only to the 17th of the following February.

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22. I dined to day at Hampstead with lady Lucy, &c. and when I got home found a letter from Joe, with one enclosed to lord Wharton, which I will send to his excellency, and second it as well as I can ; but to talk of getting the queen's orders, is a jest. Things are in such a combustion here, that I am advised not to meddle yet in the affair I am upon, which concerns the clergy of a whole kingdom; and does he think any body will trouble the queen about Joe? We shall, I hope, get a recommendation from the lord lieutenant to the trustees for the linen business, and I hope that will do; and so I will write to him in a few days, and he must have patience. This is an answer to part

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your letter as well as his. I lied, it is to morrow I go to the country, and I will not answer a bit more of your

letter yet.

23. Here is such a stir and bustle with this little MD of ours; I must be writing every night; I cannot go to bed without a word to them; I cannot put out my candle till I have bid them good night ; O Lord, O Lord! Well, I dined the first time, to day, with Will Frankland and his fortune : she is not very handsome. Did I not say I would go out of town to day; I hate lying abroad and clutter ; I go to morrow in Frankland's chariot, and come back at night. Lady Berkeley has invited me to Berke

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