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of Oliver Cromwell, and extremely like him by his pictures that I have seen. I staid till almost eleven, and am now come home and gone to bed.' My business in the city was to thank Stratford for a kindness he has done me, which now I will tell you. I found bank stock was fallen thirty-four in the hundred, and was mighty desirous to buy it ; but I was a little too late for the cheapest time, being hindered by business here ; for I was so wise to guess to a day when it would fall. My project was this: I had three hundred pounds in Ireland ; and so I writ Mr Stratford in the city, to desire he would buy me three hundred pounds in bank stock, and that he should keep the papers, and that I would be bound to pay him for them; and if it should rise or fall I would take my chance, and pay him interest in the mean time. I showed my letter to one or two people, who understand those things; and they said, money was so hard to be got here that no man would do it for me. However, Stratford, who is the most generous man alive, has done it : but it cost one hundred pounds and a half, that is ten shillings, so that three hundred pounds cost me three hundred pounds and thirty shillings. This was done about a week ago, and I can have five pounds for my bargain already. Before it fell it was one hundred and thirty pounds, and we are sure it will be the same again. I told you I writ to your mother to desire that Lady Giffard would do the same with what she owes you ; but she tells your mother she has
have stunk the worst.” It was said by Cromwell's family, that “ those who wore breeches deserved petticoats better, and had those who wore the petticoats had the breeches, they would have held faster.”
no money. I would to God all you had in the world was there. Whenever you lend money, take this rule, to have two people bound, who have both visible fortunes ; for they will hardly die together ; and when one dies, you fall upon the other, and make him add another security : and if Rathburn (now I have his name) pays you in your money let me know, and I will direct Parvisol accordingly: however, he shall wait on you and know. So, ladies, enough of business for one night. Paaaaast twelvvve o'clock. I must only add, , that, after a long fit of rainy weather, it has been fair two or three days, and is this day grown cold and frosty ; so that you must give poor little Presto leave to have a fire in his chamber morning and evening too, and he will do as much for you.
14. What, has your chancellor lost his senses, like Will Crowe? I forgot to tell Dingley, that I was yesterday at Ludgate bespeaking the spectacles at the great shop there, and shall have them in a day or two. This has been an insipid day. I dined with Mrs Vanhomrigh, and came gravely home, after just visiting the coffeehouse.
Sir Richard Cox, they say, is sure of going over lord chancellor, who is as errant a puppy as ever eat bread : but the Duke of Ormond has a natural affection to puppies, which is a thousand pities, being none himself. I have been amusing myself at home till now, and in bed bid you good night.
15. I have been visiting this morning, but nobody was at home, Secretary St John, Sir Thomas Hanmer, Sir Chancellor Coxcomb, &c. I attended the Duke of Ormond with about fifty other Irish gentlemen at Skin. ner's Hall, where the Londonderry Society laid out three hundred pounds to treat us and his grace with a dinner, Three great tables with the desert laid in mighty figure. Sir Richard Levinge * and I got discreetly to the head of the second table, to avoid the crowd at the first : but it was so cold, and so confounded a noise with the trumpets and hautboys, that I grew weary, and stole away before the second course came on; so I can give you no account of it, which is a thousand pities. I called at Ludgate for Dingley's glasses, and shall have them in a day or two; and I doubt it will cost me thirty shillings for a microscope, but not without Stella's permission ; for I remember she is a virtuoso. Shall I buy it or no ? It is not the great bulky ones, nor the common little ones, to impale a louse (saving your presence) upon a needle's point ; but of a more exact sort, and clearer to the sight, with all its equipage in a little trunk that you may carry in your pocket. Tell me, sirrah, shall I buy it or not for you? I came home straight, &c.
16. I dined to-day in the city with Mr Manley, who invited Mr Addison and me, and some other friends, to his lodging, and entertained us very handsomely. I returned with Mr Addison, and loitered till nine in the coffeehouse, where I am hardly known by going so sel. dom. I am here soliciting for Trounce; you know him : he was gunner in the former yacht, and would fain be so in the present one : if you remember him, a good lusty fresh-coloured fellow. Shall I stay till I get another letter from MD before I close up this ? Mr Ad. dison and I meet a little seldomer than formerly, although we are still at bottom as good friends as ever; but differ a little about party.
Speaker of the House of Commons, and Lord Chief Justice of the Queen's Bench in Ireland.
17. To-day I went to Lewis at the secretary's office, where I saw and spoke to Mr Harley, who promised, in a few days, to finish the rest of my business. I reproached him for putting me on the necessity of reminding him of it, and rallied him, &c. which he took very well. I dined to-day with one Mr Gore, elder brother to a young merchant of my acquaintance, and Stratford, and my other friend merchants dined with. us, where I staid late, drinking claret and burgundy, and am just got to bed, and will say no more, but that it now begins to be time to have a letter from my own little MD; for the last I had above a fortnight ago, and the date was old too.
18. To-day I dined with Lewis and Prior at an eating-house, but with Lewis's wine. Lewis went away, and Prior and I sat on, where we complimented one another for an hour or two upon our' mutual wit and poetry. Coming home at seven, a gentleman unknown stopped me in the Pall Mall, and asked my advice ; said he had been to see the queen, (who was just come to town,) and the people in waiting would not let him see her ; that he had two hundred thousand men ready to serve her in the war ; that he knew the queen perfectly well, and had an apartment at court, and if she heard he was there, she would send for him immediately; that she owed him two hundred thousand pounds, &c. and he desired my opinion whether he sbould go try again whe, ther he could see her; or because, perhaps, she was weary after her journey, whether he had not better stay till tomorrow. I had a mind to get rid of my com, panion, and begged him of all love to wait on her immediately; for that, to my knowledge, the queen would admit him ; that this was an affair of great importance, and required dispatch : and I instructed him to let me know the success of his business, and come to the Smyrna Coffeehouse, where I would wait for him till midnight ; and so ended this adventure. I would have fain given the man half a crown ; but was afraid to offer it him, lest he should be offended; for, besides his nioney, he said he had a thousand pounds a-year. I came home not early, and so, madams both, good night, &c.
19. I dined to-day with poor Lord Mountjoy, who is ill of the gout; and this evening I christened our cof. feeman Elliot's child ; * where the rogue had a most noble supper, and Steele and I sat among some scurvy company over a bowl of punch, so that I am come home late, young women, and cannot stay to write to little rogues.
20. I loitered at home, and dined with Sir Andrew Fountaine at his lodging, and then came home : a silly day.
21. I was visiting all this morning, and then went to the secretary's office, and found Mr Harley, with whom I dined ; and Secretary St John, &c. and Harley promised in a very few days to finish what remained of my business. Prior was of the company, and we all dine at the secretary's to-morrow. I saw Stella's mother this morning : she came early, and we talked an hour. I wish you would propose to Lady Giffard to take the three hundred pounds out of her hands, and give her common interest for life, and security that
pay her: the Bishop of Clogher, or any friend, would be security for
if you gave them 'counter security; and it may be argued, that it will pass better to be in your
* Elliot was keeper of the St James's Coffeehouse.