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ways thought that you might succeed there, and I should have been very happy in such a neighbour, whenever the measure of my labour is full and I sit down at Coldbrook.
My brother having, without the least reason, thought fit to give up my election at Leominster, where, if they would but have staid three days, I am certain all opposition would have been dropt, hinders my being able to serve you in the manner I proposed to do. When I went out of England, which, from the instant of Mr. Winnington's death, I was determined to do; and my being thus carelessly left out of parliament will make my stay longer than I intended. When I return there will be few men in England that I shall be gladder to meet than your self. You see there are some things in this that you ought to keep to yourself, and I do not doubt but that you will do so!
I beg my service to your wife and the worthy family of the Probyns. Tell Kit Bond that I hope we shall know one another more, when
we are old, than we did in our youth, and that I am enlarging my park to tempt my good friends in the forest to wade through the Monmouth dirt. I am going to make a short tour into Sarmachia, which I assure you is not yet civilized all they yet pretend to is, to be primi barbarorum ; but the Russians dispute that title with them, and I think have the better of them.
Dick, who, I think, does not hanker after the gallows so much as he did, has desired leave to write a paragraph at the bottom of this letter. He begins to be of a little use to me.
As I have no person to pay ready money, so you must take this my promissory note of friendship, which I promise you I will redeem whenever I am able.
Being truly and affectionately your's
If Monmouth gallows will do nobody any more harm than it will me, it is the most inno
cent gallows in England, though, I must own, I was a little afraid, when I heard that my friend Will Rogers was so near it: I beg your pardon for beginning with a for I hope I shall grow more serious every day, and be of some little service to my master. I keep the accounts of the house, and sometimes write letters for him. I copied one that went to the king's own hands, so that king George has read my hand-writing, which, I believe, is more than any other Abergavenny man can say.
We are going, in a short time, above five hundred miles farther from England, and I hope all this travelling will make me more fit for your conversation when I return; and, was I to go to the end of the world, I never should forget you who was always my good friend, though you used to teaze me sometimes. I am, Sir, Your most obedient and humble Servant, RICHARD EVANS. Punch presents his duty, and talks French very well.
TO THE RIGHT HON. HENRY FOX.
Dresden, 22nd Sept. N. S. 1748.
MY DEAR FOx;
I have yours of the 10th instant N. S. for which I thank you, and am glad Mr. Harris has undertaken to send me the telescopes, perhaps he may accompany them with a letter, for I have had no answer as yet to my last letter; though there was wit enough in it for Harris to retail out to the Dilettante Club during his whole life, and not be thought dull companyyou may assure him, he won't see my beautiful hand-writing again for some time.
I am glad the miracles and dark ages of the Polish History have not disgusted you. The very letter I send to day, puts an end to them by the beginning of the reign of Casimir the Great, about whom you will perceive I take pains. I work three hours every morning in
the king's library, which is a very agreeable place and well furnished, and the librarian is just what he should be, very dull with a good memory; is thoroughly well acquainted with the title pages of all the books without having looked farther into any one of them. I desire that when I have finished Casimir the Great, you would give me your opinion, always remembering that I write the abridgment of several histories, and not a history.
When I come to the constitution of Poland, there I pretend to be exact, and a fault is inexcusable. The two works go on together, and you will receive the history of the Constitution before you expect it. Rigby, you say, has mised you to write to me, and is very angry that I do not deal in Satire any longer, tell him not to be in a hurry, for I have some of his new allies in my eye, that I would abuse if I did not think them so low, that my verses would rather raise their character.
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