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ter ; I found another hand had superscribed it ; when I opened it, I found it written all in French, and subscribed Bernage : faith, I was ready to fling it at Patrick's head. Bernage * tells me, he had been to desire your recommendation to me to make him a captain ; and your cautious answer, “ That he had as much power with me as you,” was a notable one ; if you were here, I would present you to the ministry as a person of ability. Bernage should let me know where to write to him ; this is the second letter I have had without any direction; however, I beg I may not have a third, but that you will ask him, and send me how I shall direct to him. In the mean time, tell him, that if regiments are to be raised here, as he says, I will speak to George Granville, secretary at war, to make him a captain ; and use what other interest I conveniently can. I think that is enough, and so tell him, and do not trouble me with his letters when I expect them from MD; do you hear, young women, write to Presto.
18. I was this morning with Mr Secretary St John, and we were to dine at Mr Harley's alone, about some business of importance; but there were two or three gentlemen there. Mr Secretary and I went together from his office to Mr Harley's, and thought to have been very wise ; but the deuce a bit : the company staid, and more came, and Harley went away at seven, and the secretary and I staid with the rest of the company
* This gentleman is afterwards repeatedly mentioned. Swift's interest seems to have been of great service to him.
From his using the French language, he seems to have been of a refugee family. In acknowledgment of Swift's favours, he sent him a present of medals from Rome.
till eleven ; I would then have had him come away, but he was in for it; and though he swore he would come away at that flask, there I left him. I wonder at the civility of these people ; when he saw I would drink no more, he would always pass the bottle by me, and yet I could not keep the toad from drinking himself, nor he would not let me go neither, nor Masham, who was with us. * When I got home I found a parcel directed to me, and opening it, I found a pamphlet written entirely against myself, not by name, but against something I writ: it is pretty civil, and affects to be so, and I think I will take no notice of it ; it is against something written very lately; and indeed I know not what to say, nor do I care ; and so you are a saucy rogue for losing your money to-day at Stoyte's; to let that bungler beat you, fy Stella, are not you ashamed ? well, I forgive you this once, never do so again ; no, noooo. Kiss and be friends, sirrah.Come, let me go sleep; I go earlier to bed than formerly ; and have not been out so late these two months ; but the secretary was in a drinking hu
So good night, myownlittledearsaucyinsolentrogues.
19. Then you read that long word in the last line, no faith have not you. Well, when will this letter come from our MD ? to-morrow or next day without fail ; yes faith, and so it is coming. This was an insipid snowy day, no walking day, and I dined gravely with Mrs Vanhomrigh, and came home, and am now got to bed a little after ten ; I remember old Culpepper's maxim :
* Harley used to drink hard. When the queeň quarrelled with him, she alleged as one cause, that he frequently came to an audience intoxicated. The Whig libels all upbraid him with this vice.
have a settled head,
20. And so I went to-day with my new wig, o hoao, to visit Lady Worsley, whom I had not seen before, although she was near a month in town. Then I walked in the Park to find Mr Ford, whom I had promised to meet, and coming down the Mall, who should come toward me but Patrick, and gives me five letters out of his pocket. I read the superscription of the first, Pshoh, said I; of the second, pshoh again ; of the third, pshah, pshah, pshah; of the fourth, a gad, a gad, a gad, I am in a rage ; of the fifth and last, O hoooa ; ay marry this is something, this is our MD, so truly we opened it, I think immediately, and it began the most impudently in the world, thus; Dear Presto, we are even thus far. Now we are even, quoth Stephen, when he gave his wife six blows for one. I received your ninth four days after I had sent my thirteenth. But I will reckon with you anon about that, young women. Why did you not recant at the end of your letter when you got your eleventh ? tell me that huzzies base, were we even then, were we, sirrah ? but I will not answer your letter now, I will keep it for an. other time. We had a great deal of snow to-day, and it is terrible cold. I dined with Ford, because it was his opera day and snowed, so I did not care to stir farther. I will send to-morrow to Smyth.
21. Morning. It has snowed terribly all night, and is vengeance cold. I am not yet up, but cannot write long; my hands will freeze. Is there a good fire, Patrick ? Yes, sir; then I will rise; come take away the candle. You must know I write on the dark side of my bed-chamber, and am forced to have a candle till I rise, for the bed stands between me and the window, and I keep the curtains shut this cold weather. So pray let me rise, and, Patrick, here take away the candle.— At night. We are now here in high frost and snow, the largest fire can hardly keep us warm. It is very ugly walking; a baker's boy broke his thigh yesterday. I walk slow, make short steps, and never tread on my heel. It is a good proverb the Devonshire people have :
Walk fast in snow,
Tread on your toe :
I dined to-day with Dr Cockburn, but will not do so again in haste, he has generally such a parcel of Scots * with him.
22. Morning Starving, starving, uth, uth, uth, uth, uth.-Do not you remember I used to come into your chamber, and turn Stella out of her chair, and rake up the fire in a cold morning, and cry uth, uth, uth ? &c. O faith I must rise, my hand is so cold I can write no
So good morrow, sirrahs.—At night. I went this morning to Lady Giffard's house, and saw your mother, and made her give me a pint bottle of palsy water, which I brought home in my pocket; and sealed and tied up in a paper, and sent it to Mr Smyth, who goes to-morrow for Ireland, and sent a letter to him to desire his care of it, and that he would inquire at Chester about the box. He was not within, so the bottle and letter were left for him at his lodgings, with strict orders to give them to him; and I will send Patrick in a day or two, to know whether it was given, &c. Dr Stratford and I dined to-day with Mr Stratford in the city, by appointment : but I chose to walk there for exercise in the frost. But the weather had given a little, as you women call it, so it was something slobbery. I did not get home till nine, and now I am in bed to break your head.
* For which nation Swift had no partiality.
23. Morning. They tell me it freezes again, but it is not so cold as yesterday : so now I will answer a bit of your letter.-At night. O faith I was just going to answer some of our MD's letter this morning, when a printer came in about some business, and staid an hour; so I rose, and then came in Ben Tooke, and then I shaved and scribbled, and it was such a terrible day I could not stir out till one, and then I called at Mrs Barton's, and we went to Lady Worsley's, where we were to dine by appointment. The Earl of Berkeley is going to be married to Lady Louisa Lennox, the Duke of Richmond's daughter. I writ this night to Dean Sterne, and bid him tell you all about the bottle of palsy water by Smyth, and to-morrow morning I will say something to your letter.
24. Morning. Come now to your letter. As for your being even with me, I have spoken to that already. So now, my dearly beloved, let us proceed to the next. You are always grumbling that you have not letters fast enough, surely we shall have your tenth ; and yet before you end your letter, you own you have my eleventh.
-And why did not MD go into the country with the Bishop of Clogher ? faith such a journey would have