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ters and butlers. Yesterday I paid seven good guineas to the fellow at the tavern, where I treated the society. I have a great mind to send you the bill. I think I told you some articles. I have not heard whether any thing was done in the House of Lords after introducing the new ones. Ford has been sitting with me till peeast tweeleve a clock.
3. This was our society day, Lord Dupplin was president; we choose every week; the last president treats and chooses his successor. I believe our dinner cost fifteen pounds beside wine.
The secretary grew brisk, and would not let me go, nor Lord Lansdown, who would fain have gone home to his lady, being newly married to Lady Mary Thynne. It was near one when we parted ; so you must think I can't write much to-night. The adjourning of the House of Lords yesterday, as the queen desired, was just carried by the twelve new lords, and one more.
Lord Radnor was not there; I hope I have cured him. Did I tell you, that I have brought Dr King in to be Gazetteer? it will be worth above two hundred pounds a year to him: I believe I told you so before, but I am forgetful. Go, get you gone to ombre, and claret, and toasted oranges. I'll go sleep.
4. I cannot get rid of the leavings of my cold. I was in the city to-day, and dined with my printer, and gave him a ballad made by several hands, I know not whom. I believe lord-treasurer had a finger in it; I added three stanzas; I suppose Dr Arbuthnot had the greatest share. I have been overseeing some other little prints, and a pamphlet made by one of my under-strappers. Somerset is not out yet. I doubt not but you will have the Prophecy in Ireland, although it is not published here, only printed copies given to friends. Tell me, do
you understand it? No, faith, not without help.
Tell me what you stick at, and I'll explain. , We turned out a member of our society yesterday for gross neglect and non-attendance. I writ to him by order to give him notice of it. It is Tom Harley, secretary to the treasurer, and cousin-german to lord-treasurer. He is going to Hanover from
. I am to give the Duke of Ormond notice of his election as soon as I can see him.
5. I went this morning with a parishioner of mine, one Nuttal, who came over here for a legacy of one hundred pounds, and a roguish lawyer had refused to pay him, and would not believe he was the man. I writ to the lawyer a sharp letter, that I had taken Nuttal into my protection, and was resolved to stand by him; and the next news was, that the lawyer desired I would meet him, and attest he was the man, which I did, and his money was paid upon the spot. I then visited lord-treasurer, who is now right again, and all well, only that the Somerset family is not out yet. I hate that; I don't like it, as the man said, by &c. Then I went and visited poor Will. Congreve, who had a French fellow tampering with one of his eyes; he is almost blind of both. .I dined with some merchants in the city, but could not see Stratford, with whom I had busi
Presto, leave off your impertinence, and answer our letter
, saith MD. Yes, yes, one of these days, when I have nothing else to do. O,
O, faith, this letter is a week written, and not one side done yet.—These ugly spots are not tobacco, but this is the last gilt sheet I have of large paper, therefore hold your tongue. Nuttal was surprised, when they gave him bits of paper instead of money; but I made Ben Tooke put him in his geers : he could not reckon ten pounds, but was puzzled with the Irish way. Ben Tooke and my printer have desired me to make them stationers to the ordnance, of
which Lord Rivers is master instead of the Duke of Marlborough.* It will be a hundred pounds a year a piece to them, if I can get it. I will try to-mor
6. I went this morning to Earl Rivers, gave him joy of his new employment, and desired hini to prefer my printer and bookseller to be stationers to his office. He immediately granted it me; but, like an old courtier, told me it was wholly on my account, but that he heard I had intended to engage Mr Secretary to speak to him, and desired I would engage him to do so; but that, however, he did it only for my sake. This is a court trick, to oblige as many as you can at once. I read prayers to poor Mrs Wesley, who is very much out of order, instead of going to church; and then I went to court, which I found very full, in expectation of seeing Prince Eugene, † who landed last night, and lies at Leicester house; he was not to see the queen till six this evening. I hope and believe he comes too late to do the Whigs any good. I refused dining with the secretary, and was like to lose my dinner, which was at a private acquaintances. I went at six to see the prince at court; but he was gone in to the queen : and when he came out, Mr Secretary, who introduced him, walked so near him, that he quite screened me from him with his great periwig. I'll tell you a good passage : as Prince Eugene was going with Mr Secretary to court, he told the secretary, that Hoffman, the emperor's resident, said to his highness, that it was not proper to go to court without a long wig, and his was a tied up one; now, says the prince, I knew not what to do : for I never had a long periwig in my life ; and I have sent to all my valets and footmen to see whether any of them have one, that I might borrow it; but none of them has any.-Was not this spoken very greatly with some sort of contempt? But the secretary said ; it was a thing of no consequence, and only observed by gentlemen ushers.* I supped with Lord Masham, where lord-treasurer and Mr Secretary supped with us; the first left us at twelve, but the rest did not part till two: yet I have written all this, because it is fresh : and now I'll go sleep, if I can ; that is, I believe I shall, because I have drank a little.
* Amid the spoils of the Duke of Marlborough, Earl Rivers succeeded him in the office of master general of the ordnance, and as colonel of the royal regiment of Horse Guards.
+ He was sent by the Emperor, if possible to prevent a peace between Britain and France, and was received with great distinction by all parties.
7. I was this morning to give the Duke of Ormond notice of the honour done him to make him one of our society, and to invite him on Thursday next to the Thatched House : he has accepted it with the gratitude and humility such a preferment deserves; but cannot come till the next meeting, because Prince Eugene is to dine with him that day; which I allowed for a good excuse, and will report accordingly. I dined with Lord Masham, and sat there till eight this evening; and came home, because I was not very well, but a little griped : but now I am well again, I will not go, at least but very seldom, to Lord Masham's suppers. Lordtreasurer is generally there, and that tempts me; but late sitting up does not agree with me: there's
Swift, who again mentions this little anecdote in his Treatise on good Breeding, says, that the important piece of etiquette insinuated by Hoffman, was the best lesson which that dull old German had learned in five-and-twenty years residence.
the short and the long, and I won't do it: so take your answer, dear little young women; and I have no more to say to you to-night, because of the archbishop; for I am going to write a long letter to him ; but not so politicly as formerly: I won't trust him.
8. Well then, come, let us see this letter; if I must answer it, I must. What's here now? yes faith, I lamented my birth-day* two days after, and that's all: and you rhyme, madam Stella; were those verses made upon my birth-day ? faith, when I read them, I had them running in my head all the day, and said them over a thousand times; they drank your health in all their glasses, and wished, &c. I could not get them out of my head. What; no, I believe it was not; what do I say upon the eighth of December ? Compare, and see whether I say so. I am glad of Mrs Stoyte's recovery, heartily glad: your Dolly Manley's and bishop of Cloyne's child I have no concern about: I am sorry in a civil way, that's all. Yes, yes, Sir George St George dead. Go, cry, madam Dingley; I have written to the dean. Raymond will be rich, for he has the building itch, I wish all he has got may put him out of debt. Poh, I have fires like lightning ; they cost me twelvepence a week, beside
small coal. I have got four new caps, madam, very fine and convenient, with striped cambric, instead of muslin ; so Patrick need not mend them, but take the old ones. Stella snatched Dingley's word out of her pen; Presto a cold ; why all the world here is dead with them : I never had any thing like it in my life; 'tis not gone in five wecks. I hope Leigh is with you
* Dr Swift, upon his birth-day, used always to read the third chapter of Job.