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Archbishop King,

Robert Cope, Esq.

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the same,

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from Lord Bolingbroke,

to Dr Sheridan,

Mr Pope,

from Dr Arbuthnot,

the Duchess of Ormond,

Lord Bolingbroke,

Lady Masham,

to Lord Carteret,

the

same,

from Lord Carteret,

to Lord Carteret,

Archbishop King,

the Earl of Oxford,

from Lord Carteret,

to the same,

from Lord Bolingbroke,

the Earl of Oxford,

a Quaker,

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EPISTOLARY CORRESPONDENCE.

TO ARCHBISHOP KING.

London, Jan. 8, 1711-12. My Lord, I Cannot in conscience take up your grace's time with an empty letter; and it is not every day one can furnish what will be worth your reading. I had all your grace's packets; and i humbly thank your grace for your good instructions to me, which I shall observe as soon as ever it shall please God to put me into a way of life where I can have leisure for such speculations.

In above twenty years that I have known something of courts and ministers, I never saw so strange and odd a complicated disposition of affairs as what we have had for six weeks past. The facts your grace may have met with in every common newspaper ; but the springs of them are hardly discoverable even by those who had most opportunity of observing Neither do I find those who should know best, agree upon the matter. There is a perpetual trial of skill between those who are out and those who are in ; and the former are generally more industrious at watching opportunitiesLast

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