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If this fancy should hold, of taxing me with all papers that come out, and at the same time I should take a fancy to be a writer, I shall be discovered when I have no mind, for it will be only to catechise me whenever I am suspected.
L E T TER III.
ver you the papers relating to Gulliver, which I left with her husband. For, since you intend to print a new edition of that book, I must tell you, that the English printer made several alterations which I much disapprove of, and cannot set them right without those papers.
If I am not mistaken, Mr. Pilkington hath an edition of Gulliver, where the true original copy is interleaved in manuscript ; I desire I may also see that book.
Your humble servant,
June 29, 1733
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L ETTER IV. To his Grace the Lord Archbishop of
MY LORD, Dublin, August 14,1735.
HE bearer, Mr. Faulkner, our fa
mous printer, goes in an hour to see Kilkenny and Cashel, to gather up his country debts. Ten to one your grace may owe him a dozen shillings, and your town coffee-house (if you have one) a dozen more. But his pretences to me for writing, are the honour of being admitted to your grace by a line in my hand. I am not in fear of his shaming me as others have done ; however, I would not have you leave your manufcripts scattered about your room, for he would be terribly tempted to beg them, and return them back next winter in four volumes, as he served me; although i never let him touch or see one. He has the name of an honest man, and hath good sense and behaviour. I have or
* Dr. Theophilus Bolton.
dered him to mark narrowly whatever you are doing, as a prelate, an architect, a country gentleman, a politician, and an improver ; and to bring me a faithful account when he returns; but chiefly about your health, and what exercise you make use of to increase or preserve it. But he is in haste to be gone, and I am forced to conclude. I am, with the greatest respect,
My lord, your grace's Most obedient humble servant,
L E T T E R V.
To the Right Honourable Lord Howth. My LORD Dublin, August 14,1735. HE bearer, Mr. Faulkner, came to
me just an hour before he was taking a journey to Kilkenny, and Cashell, and desired I would write by him to your lordship, and the archbishop, only to let your lordship know, that he is an honest man, and the chief printer, and that I know him and treat him with indulgence, because I cannot help it. For although he printed what I never would have done, yet he got the consent of my friends, and fo I shall get nothing by being angry with him. He hopeth, as a citizen, to be admitted to you lords and ladies in the country, and I am contented you shall make him welcome; but take care you put no manuscripts in his hands; otherwise, perhaps there will be the works of the Right Hon. &c. and of my lady and the † giant, neatly bound, next win
My lady Acheson hath not been well since she left the town ; but her mother is almost perfe&tly cured, except the loss of her eye. Houth a letter, I believe. moit humble service to her and the giant I have time to say no more, but, that I
I desire my
Your lordship’s most obedient servant,
young lady, nearly related to lord Howth.
+ A very
L E T T ER VI.
Mr. Pope, when I was at Cavan. My absence and sickness, since I retired, have hindered me from writing to him. He complains of his unluckyness that you could never find him at home, which, he says, since his mother's death, he is often abfent from. I here will transcribe a paragraph which relates to you, and I
will return an answer to it, time enough for me to send a letter tonight, and I will insert the sum of it.
“ As to his (Mr. Faulkner's) design about my works, I beg you will desire him to postpone it, until he sees the duodecimo edition of them here, with the first volume, published by Lintot: For, that joined to the rest by * Gillever, will make the compleatest hitherto extant, and is revised by me.
I guess they will be out about Christmas.”
Lawton Gillever, a Bookfeller.