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unreasonable sluts! The Bishop of Gloucester is not dead, and I am as likely to succeed the Duke of Marlborough as him if he were ; there's enough for that
It is not unlikely that the Duke of Shrewsbury will be your governor ; at least I believe the Duke of Ormond will not return.-Well, Stella again : why really three editions of the Conduct, &c. is very much for Ireland; it is a sign you have some honest among you. Well; I will do Mr Manley all the service I can : but he will ruin himself. What business had he to engage at all about the city ? can't he wish his cause well, and be quiet, when he finds that stirring will do it no good, and himself a great deal of hurt ; I cannot imagine who should open my letter : it must be done at your side.—If I hear of any thoughts of turning out Mr Manley, I will endeavour to prevent it. I have already had all the gentlemen of Ireland here upon my back often, for defending him. So now I have answered your saucy letter. My humble service to Goody Stoyte and Catherine ; I will come soon for my dinner.
9. Morning. My cold goes off at last ; but I think I have got a small new one. I have no news since last. They say we hear by the way of Calais, that peace is very near concluding. I hope it may be true. I'll go and seal up my letter, and give it myself to-night into the post-office ; and so I bid my dearest MD farewell till tonight. I heartily wish myself with them, as hope saved. My willows, and quicksets, and trees, will be finely improved, I hope, this year. It has been fine hard frosty weather yesterday and to-day. Farewell, &c. &c. &c.
LETTER XLI. *
London, Feb. 9, 1711-12. When my letter is gone, and I have none of yours to answer, my conscience is so clear, and my shoulder so light, and I go on with such courage to prate upon nothing to dear charming MD, you would wonder. I dined to-day with Sir Matthew Dudley, who is newly turned out of the commission of the customs. He affects a good heart, and talks in the extremity of Whiggery, which was always his principle, though he was gentle a little, while he kept in employment. We can get no packets from Holland. I have not been with any of the ministry these two or three days. I keep out of their way on purpose, for a certain reason, for some time, though I must dine with the secretary # to-morrow, the choosing of the company being left to me. I have engaged Lord Anglesey and Lord Carteret, and have promised to get three more; but I have a mind that none else should be admitted. However, if I like any body at court to-morrow, I may perhaps invite them. I have got another cold, but not very bad. ******
* Endorsed, “ 9 Feb. to 23, inclusive ; received March 1.”
+ Upon carrying through the bill for securing the Protestant succession, Sir Matthew Dudley was so zealous for the rights of the Hanover family, that Granville called to him after the debate, “ How do you, Mynherr Dudley ?" To which he answered, alluding to Granville's attachment to what was called the French faction, “ Thanks, Monsieur Granville.”
# St John.
10. I saw Prince Eugene at court to-day very plain. He is plaguy yellow, and literally ugly besides. The court was very full, and people had their birth-day clothes. I was to have invited five ; but I only invited two, Lord Anglesey and Lord Carteret. Pshaw, I told you but yesterday. We have no packets from Holland yet. Here are a parcel of drunken Whiggish lords, like your Lord Santry, who come into chocolate-houses, and rail aloud at the Tories, and have challenges sent them, and the next morning come and beg pardon. General Ross * was like to swinge the Marquis of Winchester † for this trick, the other day; and we have nothing else now to talk of till the parliament has had another bout with the state of the war, as they intend in a few days. They have ordered the Barrier Treaty to be laid before them; and it was talked some time ago, as if there was a design to impeach Lord Townshend, who made it. I have no more politics now. Night, dear MD.
11. I dined with Lord Anglesey to-day, who had seven Irishmen to be my companions, of which two only were coxcombs. One I did not know, and the other was young Bligh, who is a puppy of figure here, with a fine chariot. He asked me one day at court, when I had just been talking with some lords, who stood near me, Doctor, when shall we see you in the county of Meath ? I whispered him to take care what he said, for the people would think he was some barbarian. He never would speak to me since, till we met to-day. I went to Lady Masham's to-night, and sat with lordtreasurer and the secretary there till past two o'clock; and when I came home, found some letters from Ireland, which I read, but can say nothing of them till to-morrow, it is so very late ; but I must always be, late or early, MD's, &c.
* Charles Ross, Esq., lieutenant-general of the horse under the Duke of Ormand in Flanders, April 5, 1712.
+ Charles Paulett, afterwards third Duke of Bolton.
12. One letter was from the Bishop of Clogher last night, and the other from Walls, * about Mrs South's t salary, and his own pension of eighteen pounds for his tithes of the park. I will do nothing in either. The first I cannot serve in, and the other is a trifle ; only you may tell him I had his letter, and will speak to Ned Southwell about what he desires me. You say nothing of your dean's receiving my letter.
. I find Clements, whom I recommended to Lord Anglesey # last year, at Walls's desire, or rather the Bishop of Clogher's, is mightily in Lord Anglesey's favour. You may tell the bishop and Walls so. I said to Lord Anglesey, that I was glad I had the good luck to recommend him, &c.
I dined in the city with my printer, to consult with him about some papers lord-treasurer gave me last night, as he always does, too late. However, I will do something with them. My third cold is a little better ; I never had any thing like it before, three colds successively; I hope I shall have the fourth.**** Three messengers come from Holland to-day, and they brought over the six packets that were due. I know not the particulars yet ; for when I was with the secretary at
* Archdeacon Walls, rector of Castleknock.
+ Widow of Mr South, a commissioner of the revenue in Ireland, and one of the rangers of the Phænix Park.
# Secretary of state for Ireland.
noon, they were just opening. But one thing I find, the Dutch are playing us tricks, and tampering with the French; they are dogs ; I shall know more. † *****
13. I dined to-day privately with my friend Lewis, at his lodgings, to consult about some observations on the Barrier Treaty. Our news from Holland is not good. The French raise difficulties, and make such offers to the allies as cannot be accepted : and the Dutch are uneasy that we are likely to get any thing for ourselves ; and the Whigs are glad at all this. I came home early, and have been very busy three or four hours. I had a letter from Dr Pratt to-day by a private hand, recommending the bearer to me, for something I shall not trouble myself about. Wesley writ to recommend the same fellow
His expression is, that, hearing I am acquainted with my lord-treasurer, he desires I would do so and so. A matter of nothing. What puppies are mankind ! I hope I shall be wiser when I have once done with courts. I think you have not troubled me much with your recommendations. I would do you all the service I could. Pray have you got your apron, Mrs Ppt ? I paid for it but yesterday ; that puts me in mind of it. I writ an inventory of what things I sent by Leigh in one of my letters. Did you compare it with what you got? I hear nothing of your cards now: do you never play? Yes, at Baligall. Go to bed. ***** Night, dearest MD.
14. Our society dined to-day at Mr Secretary's house. I went there at four; but hearing the House of Commons would sit late upon the Barrier Treaty, I went for an hour to Kensington, to see Lord Masham's children.
+ A few words are here erased in the original. VOL. II.