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have dined with lord-treasurer, but I was told he would be busy : so I dined with Mrs Van; and at night I sat with Lord Masham till one. Lord-treasurer was there, and chid me for not dining with him : he was in very good humour : I brought home two flasks of burgundy in my chair : I wish MD had them. You see it is very late; so I'll go to bed, and bid MD good night.
15. This morning I presented my printer and bookseller to Lord Rivers; to be stationers to the ordnance, stationers, that's the word; I did not write it plain at first. I believe it will be worth three hundred pounds a-year between them. This is the third employment I have got for them. Rivers told them, the doctor commanded him, and he durst not refuse it. I would have dined with lord-treasurer to-day again, but Lord Mansel would not let me, and forced me home with him. I was very deep with the Duke of Ormond to-day at the cockpit, where we met to be private ; but I doubt I cannot do the mischief I intended. My friend Penn came there, Will Penn the Quaker, at the head of his brethren, to thank the duke for his kindness to their people in Ireland. To see a dozen scoundrels with their hats on, and the duke complimenting with his off, was a good sight enough. I sat this evening with Sir William Robinson, who has mighty often invited me to a bottle of wine : and it is past twelve.
16. This being fast-day, Dr Freind and I went into the city to dine late, like good fasters. My printer and bookseller want me to hook in another employment for them in the Tower, because it was enjoyed before by a stationer, although it be to serve the ordnance with oil, tallow, &c. and is worth four hundred pounds per annum more : I will try what I can do. They are resolved to ask several other employments of the same nature to other offices; and I will then grease fat sows, and see whether it be possible to satisfy them. Why am not I a stationer ? The parliament sits to-morrow, and Walpole, late secretary at war, is to be swinged for bribery, and the queen is to communicate something of great importance to the two houses, at least they say so. But I must think of answering your letter in a day or two.
17. I went this morning to the Duke of Ormond about some business, and he told me he could not dine with us to-day, being to dine with Prince Eugene. Those of our society of the House of Commons could not be with us, the house sitting late on Walpole. I left them at nine, and they were not come. We kept some dinner for them. I hope Walpole will be sent to the Tower, and expelled the house ; but this afternoon the members I spoke with in the Court of Requests talked dubiously of it. It will be a leading card to maul the Duke of Marlborough for the same crime, or at least to censure him. The queen's message was only to give them notice of the peace she is treating, and to desire they will make some law to prevent libels against the government; so farewell to Grub Street.
18. I heard to-day that the commoners of our society did not leave the parliament till eleven at night, then went to those I left, and staid till three in the morning. Walpole is expelled, and sent to the Tower. I was this morning again with Lord Rivers, and have made him give the other employment to my printer and bookseller ; 'tis worth a great deal. I dined with my friend Lewis privately, to talk over affairs. We want to have this Duke of Somerset out, and he apprehends it will not be, but I hope better. They are going now at last
to change the commissioners of the customs : my friend Sir Matthew Dudley will be out, and three more, and Prior will be in. I have made Ford copy out a small pamphlet, and send it to the press, that I might not be known for author ; 'tis A Letter to the October Club, if ever you heard of such a thing.—Methinks this letter goes on but slowly for almost a week; I want some little conversation with MD, and to know what they are doing just now. I am sick of politics. I have not dined with lord-treasurer these three weeks: he chides me, but I don't care: I don't.
19. I dined to-day with lord-treasurer ; this is his day of choice company, where they sometimes admit me, but pretend to grumble. And to-day they met on some extraordinary business; the keeper, steward, both secretaries, Lord Rivers, and Lord Anglesey : I left them at seven, and came away, and have been writing to the Bishop of Clogher. I forgot to know where to to him since Sir George St George's death, but I have directed to the same house: you must tell me better, for the letter is sent by the bellman. Don't write to me again till this is gone, I charge you, for I won't answer two letters together. The Duke of Somerset is out, and was with his yellow liveries at parliament to-day. You know he had the same with the queen, when he was master of the horse : we hope the duchess will follow, or that he will take her away in spite. Lord-treasurer, I hope, has now saved his head. Has the dean received
letter ? ask him at cards to-night.
20. There was a world of people to-day at court to see Prince Eugene, but all bit, for he did not come. the Duchess of Somerset talking with the Duke of Buckingham ; she looked a little down, but was extremely
courteous. The queen has the gout, but is not in much pain. Must I fill this line too ? * well then, so let it be. The Duke of Beaufort has a mighty mind to come into our society; shall we let him ? I spoke to the Duke of Ormond about it, and he doubts a little whether to let him in or no. They say the Duke of Somerset is advised by his friends to let his wife stay with the queen ; I am sorry for it. I dined with the secretary to-day, with mixed company ; I don't love it. Our society does not meet till Friday, because Thursday will be a busy day in the House of Commons, for then the Duke of Marlborough's bribery is to be examined into about the pension paid him by those that furnished bread to the army.
21. I have been five times with the Duke of Ormond about a perfect trifle, and he forgets it : I used him like a dog this morning for it. I was asked to-day by several in the Court of Requests, whether it was true that the author of the Examiner was taken up in an action of twenty thousand pounds by the Duke of Marlborough ? I dined in the city, where my printer showed me a pamphlet, called Advice to the October Club, which he said was sent him by an unknown hand : I commended it mightily; he never suspected me; 'tis a twopenny pamphlet. I came home and got timely to bed; but about eleven one of the secretary's servants came to me, to let me know that lord-treasurer would immediately speak to me at Lord Masham's upon earnest business ; and that, if I was a-bed, I should rise and come. I did so; lord-treasurer was above with the queen; and when
* It is the last of the page, and written close to the edge of the paper.
he came down he laughed, and said it was not he that sent for me: the business was of no great importance, only to give me a paper, which might have been done to
I staid with them till past one, and then got to bed again. Pize take their frolics. I thought to have answered your letter.
22. Doctor Gastrel was to see me this morning; he is an eminent divine, one of the canons of Christ Church, and one I love very well : he said he was glad to find I was not with James Broad. I asked what he meant ; why, says he, have you not seen the Grub Street paper, that
says Dr Swift was taken up as author of the Examiner, on an action of twenty thousand pounds, and was now at James Broad's ? who, I suppose, is some bailiff.* I knew of this ; but at the Court of Requests twenty people told me they heard I had been taken up. Lord Lansdown observed to the secretary and me, that the Whigs spread three lies yesterday ;t that about me; and another, that Macartney, who was turned out last summer, is again restored to his places in the army; and the third, that Jack Hill's commission for lieutenant of the Tower is stopped, and that Cadogan is to continue. Lansdown thinks they have some design by these reports ; I cannot guess it. Did I tell you that Sacheverel has desired mightily to come and see me? but I have put it off: he has heard that I have spoken to the secretary in behalf of a brother whom he maintains, and who de
* James Broad, a sheriff-officer, appears as an evidence on the noted trial of Purchas and Demaree. He was a bailiff of some celebrity, for he is mentioned in the Tatler.
+ These lies are all particularly mentioned by the Examiner, N. 10. dated Feb. 7, 1711-12.