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LETTER OF ADVICE
REVEREND DR. D-LA—Y,
HUMBLY PROPOSED TO THE CONSIDERATION OF A CERTAIN GREAT LORD.
This curious libel upon Dr. Delany takes the same tone with the rebuke administered to him by Swift, for boasting of his intimacy with Carteret. See Vol. XIV. p. 408 and 438, and also Vol. I. p. 352, where it is observed that there occurred some coldness between the Dean and Delany. I have a copy of verses upon Lord Carteret, supposed to be written by Dr. Delany himself, in which his lordship's taste for society is characterized by the last line :
"He chooses Delany and Tickell for friends."
This affectation of holding himself forth as the chosen favourite of the lord-lieutenant's easier hours, called down the censure of Tisdal, Smedley, and others, to one of whom we owe the following lines. They are here inserted as throwing some light on Swift's literary history.
WHAT, Doctor, if great Carteret condescends To chat with Swift and you as private friends,
Must you so silly be to tell the town,
You shew your patron, for so great a favour?
That nothing less than thousands can content? There was a time when Paddy, out of hope, Thought a West Indian jaunt his utmost scope. The world's well mended since with Patrick; now Nothing but vistas and canals will do.
But pray, great sir, what friend of common sense,
And something else, which you have still forgot,
Attend some one at least, and quit Glass-Nevin,
END OF VOL. X.
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