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in mobs; how do you call it ? undressed; and it was the rainiest day that ever dripped; and I am weary, and it is now past eleven.

14. Stay, I will answer some of your letter this morning in bed : let me see; come and appear,

little letter. Here I am, says he, and what say you to Mrs. MD this morning fresh and fasting? who dares think MD negligent? I allow them a fortnight, and they give it me. I could fill a letter in a week; but it is longer every day, and so I keep it a fortnight, and then it is cheaper by one half. I have never been giddy, dear Stella, since that morning : I have taken a whole box of pills, and kecked at them every night, and drank a pint of brandy at mornings.-- then, you kept Presto's little birthday: would to God I had been with you. it, as I told you before. Rediculous, madam ; I suppose you mean ridiculous : let me have no more of that; it is the author of the Atlantis's spelling. I have mended it in your letter. And can Stella read this writing without hurting her dear eyes ? O, faith, I am afraid not. Have a care of those eyes, pray, pray, pretty Stella.-It is well enough what you observe, That if I writ better, perhaps you would not read so well, being used to this manner; it is an alphabet you are used to : you know such a pothook makes a letter; and you know what letter, and so and so.-I will swear he told me so, and that they were long letters too ; but I told him it was a gasconade of yours, &c. I am talking of the bishop of Clogher, how he forgot. Turn over*.

I forgot I had not room on the other side to say that, so I did it on this : I fancy that is a good Irish blunder. Ah, why do not you go down to Clogher nautinautinautidear girls ; I dare not say nauti without dear : 0, faith, you govern me. But, seriously, I am sorry you do not go, as far as I can judge at this distance. No, we would get you another horse ; I will make Parvisol get you one. I always doubted that horse of yours : prithee sell him, and let it be a present to me. My heart aches when I think

* He seems to have written these words in a whim, for the sake of what follows.

you ride him. Order Parvisol to sell him, and that you are to return me the money : I shall never be easy until he is out of your hands. Faith, I have dreamed five or six times of horses stumbling since I had your letter. If he cannot sell him, let him run this winter. Faith, if I was near you, I would whip your – to some tune, for your grave saucy answer about the dean and Jonsonibus; I would, young women. And did the dean preach for me? very well. Why, would they have me stand here and preach to them? No, the Tatler of the Shilling was not mine, more than the hint, and two or three general heads for it. I have much more important business on my hands : and, besides, the ministry hate to think that I should help him, and have made reproaches on it; and I frankly told them, I would do it no more. This is a secret though, madam Stella. You win eight shillings ; you win eight fiddlesticks. Faith, you say nothing of what you lose, young women. -I hope Manley is in no great danger ; for Ned Southwell is his friend, and so is sir Thomas Frankland; and his brother John Manley stands up heartily for him. On the other side, all the gentlemen of Ireland here are furiously against him. Now, mistress VOL. XIV.



Dingley, are not you an impudent slut to expect a letter next packet from Presto, when you confess yourself, that you had so lately two letters in four days ? unreasonable baggage ! no, little Dingley, I am always in bed by twelve ; I mean my candle's out by twelve, and I take great care of myself. Pray let every body know, upon occasion, that Mr. Harley got the first-fruits from the queen for the clergy of Ireland, and that nothing remains but the forms, &c. So you say the dean and you

dined at Stoyte's, and Mrs. Stoyte was in raptures that I remembered her. I must do it but seldom, or it will take off her rapture.—But, what now, you saucy sluts, all this written in a morning, and I must rise and

go abroad. Pray stay till night: do not think I will squander mornings upon you, pray good madam. Faith, if I go on longer in this trick of writing in the mornings I shall be afraid of leaving it off, and think you expect it, and be in awe. Good morrow, sirrahs, I will rise.-At night. I went to day to the court of requests (I will not answer the rest of your

yet, that by the way) in hopes to dine with Mr. Harley : but lord Dupplin, his sonin-law, told me he did not dine at home; so I was at a loss, until I met with Mr. secretary St. John, and went home and dined with him, where he told me of a good bite. Lord Rivers told me two days ago, that he was resolved to come Sunday fortnight next to hear me preach before the queen. I assured him the day was not yet fixed, and I knew nothing of it. To day the secretary told me, that his father, (sır Harry St. John,) and lord Rivers, were to be at St. James's church, to hear me preach there; and were assured I was to preach : so there will be an


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other bite ; for I know nothing of the matter, but that Mr. Harley and St. John are resolved I must preach before the queen, and the secretary of state has told me he will give me three weeks warning ; but I desired to be excused, which he will not. St. John, “you shall not be excused :” however, I hope they will forget it ; for if it should happen, all the puppies hereabouts will throng to hear me, and expect something wonderful, and be plaguily balked; for I shall preach plain honest stuff*. I staid with St. John till eight, and then came home, and Patrick desired leave to go abroad, and by and by comes up the girl to tell me, a gentleman was below in a coach who had a bill to pay me; so I let him come up, and who should it be but Mr. Addison and Sam Dopping, to haul me out to supper, where I have staid till twelve. If Patrick had been at home I should have escaped this ; for I have taught him to deny me almost as well as Mr. Harley's porter.—Where did I leave off in MD's letter : let me see. So, now I have it. You are pleased to say, madam Dingley, that those that go for England, can never tell when to come back. Do you mean this as a reflection upon Presto, madam? sauceboxes, I will come back as soon as I can, this is his common phrase and I hope with some advantage, unless all ministries be alike, as perhaps they may. I hope Hawkshaw is in Dublin before now, and that you have your things, and like your spectacles : if

you do not, you shall have better. I hope Dingley's tobacco did not spoil Stella's chocolate,

* The ministry never could prevail upon the doctor to preach before the queen.

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and that all is safe : pray let me know. Mr. Addison and I are different as black and white, and I believe our friendship will go off, by this damned business of party: he cannot bear seeing me fall in so with this ministry ; but I love him still as well as ever, though we seldom meet.-Hussy, Stella, you jest about poor Congreve's eyes; you do so, hussy ; but I will bang your bones, faith.--Yes, Steele was a little while in prison, or at least in a spunginghouse, some time before I came, but not since.--Pox on your convocation, and your Lamberts *

Lamberts * ; they write with a vengeance! I suppose you think it a piece of affectation in me to wish your Irish folks would not like my

Shower ; but you are mistaken. I should be glad to have the general applause there as I have here (though I say it) but I have only that of one or two, and therefore I would have none at all, but let you all be in the wrong. I do not know, that is not what I would say ; but I am so tosticated with supper and stuff that I cannot express myself—What you say of Sid Hamet is well enough ; that an eneту

should like it, and a friend not; and that telling the author would make both change their opinions. Why did not you tell Griffyth that you fancied there was something in it of my manner ; but first spur up his commendation to tbe height, as we served my poor uncle about the sconce that I mended. Well, I desired you to give what I intended for an answer to Mrs. Fenton, to save her postage, and myself trouble; and I hope I have done it if you have not.

* Dr. Lambert was chaplain to lord Wharton. He was censured in the lower house of convocation of Ireland as author of a libelling letter.

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