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136 SUPPOSED LETTER FROM THE PRETENDER held the least correspondence with any one person of the tory party. I observe, as near as I can, the instructions of the king my father; among whose papers there is not one letter, as I remember, from any tory, except two lords and a lady, who, as you know, have been for some years past devoted to me and the whigs. I approve of the scheme you sent me, signed by our friends. I do not find 24's name to it: perhaps he may be sick, or in the country, Middleton will be satisfied to be groom of the stole ; and if you have Ireland, 11 may have the staff, provided 15 resigns his pretensions; in which case, he shall have six thousand pounds a year for life, and a dukedom. I ain content 13 should be secretary and a lord ; and I will pay his debts when I am able.'

I confess, I am sorry your general pardon has so many exceptions ; but you and my other friends are judges of that. It was with great difficulty I prevailed on the queen to let me sign the commission for life, though her majesty is entirely reconciled. If 2 will accept the privy seal, which you tell me is what would please him, the salary should be doubled : I am obliged to his good intentions, how ill soever they may have succeeded. All other parts of your plan. I entirely agree with ; only as to the party that opposes us, your proposal about Z may bring an odium upon my government: he stands the first excepted ; and we shall have enough against him in a legal way. I wish you would allow me twelve more domesticks of my own religion; and I will give you what security you please, not to hinder any designs you have, of altering the

present present established worship. Since I have so few employments left me to dispose of, and that most of our friends are to hold theirs for life ; I hope you will all be satisfied with so great a share of power. I bid you heartily farewell ; and am your assured friend.

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« Do you know that Grub street is dead and gone last week? - No more ghosts or murders now for love or money. I plied it « close the last fortnight, and published at least seven papers * of « my own, beside some of other people's; but now every single « half sheet pays a halfpenny to the queen. The Observator is « fallen; the Medleys are jumbled together with the Flyingpost; 6 the Examiner is deadly sick; the Spectator keeps up, and doubles or its price; I know not how long it will hold. Have you seen o the red stamp the papers are marked with? methinks the stamp« ing is worth a halfpenny."

Journal to Stella, Aug. 7, 1712.

* One of these was probably the pamphlet here reprinted.

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