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your opinion, that by Tonson's means almost all "our letters have miscarried for this last year. But, "however, he has missed of his design in the Dedication, though he had prepared the book for it; for in every figure of iEneas he has caused him to be drawn like King William, with a hooked nose. After my return to town, I intend to alter a play of Sir Robert Howard's, written long since, and lately put by him into my hands; 'tis called The Conquest of China by the Tartars. It will cost me six weeks study, with the probable benefit of an hundred "pounds. In the mean time I am writing a song for St. Cecilia's Feast, who, you know, is the patroness of musick. This is troublesome, and no "way beneficial; but I could not deny the Stewards "of the Feast, who came in a body to me to desire that kindness, one of them being Mr. Bridgman,whose parents are your mother's friends. I hope to send you thirty guineas between Michaelmass and Christmas, of which I will give you an account when I come to town. I remember the "counsel you give me in your letter; but dissembling, though lawful in some cases, is not my talent; yet, for your sake, I will struggle with the plain openness of my nature, and keep-in my just resentments against that degenerate order. In the mean time, I flatter not myself with any manner of hopes, but do my duty, and suffer for God's sake; being assured, before hand, never to be rewarded, though the times should alter. Towards the latter end of this month, September, .Charles will begin to recover his perfect health, according to his nativity, which, casting it myself, I am sure is true, and all things hitherto have
460 DRYDEN.happened accordingly to the very time that I predicted them : I hope at the same time to recover more health, according to my age. Remember me to poor Harry, whose prayers I earnestly desire. My Virgil succeeds in the world beyond its desert or my expectation. You know the profits might have been more; but neither my conscience nor my honour would suffer me to take them: but I never can repent of my constancy, since I am thoroughly persuaded of the justice of the cause for which I suffer. It has pleased God to raise up many friends to me amongst my enemies, though they who ought to have been my friends are negligent of me. I am called to dinner, and cannot go on with this letter, which I desire you to excuse; and am
"Your most affectionate father,
"john I) R Yd En."
END OF THE NINTH VOLUME.