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is generally known :-He used frequently to declare, " that no inducement should prevail on him to remain in his company." Nevertheless, through an innocent, and ingenious stratagem of Mr. Boswell's, they did once meet at dinner with Dilly, in the Poultry.
It was soon after a general election. The doctor was sullen and silent; Wilkes; never disconcerted, was aware, that there was (one subject, upon which the doctor and himself, were entirely of one mind; their common hatred of the Scotch :“ Doctor," said the chamberlain, “ I think the contested elections for Scotland, should be settled on the other side the Tweed; for, of two, who come to London to give their evidence, never more than one finds his. way back again.” “ Sir," said the Docu tor, “ it matters very little where their elections are settled, for one Scotchman is as good as another.” The Doctor, however, began to listen to the chamberlain's facetiousness, in whida quality no mana. could excel him, and gradually relaxed his severity of manner, till he became excel lent company.
Epitaph, found in the Repository of Dr.
Miles Cooper, of Edinburgh
ANECDOTE OF POPE.
During Mr. Pope's last illness, a dispute happened in his chamber, between his two physicians, Doctor Burton, and Dr. Thompson.-Dr. Burton charging Dr. Thompson with hastening his death, by the violent medicines he had 'prescribed ; and the other, retorting the charge. Mr. Pope, at length, silenced them, saying, “Gentler men, I only learn by your discourse, that. I am in a very dangerous way; therefore, all I have now to ask, is, that the following epigram, may be added, after my death, to the next edition of the Dunciad, by way of postscript:
“ Dunces, rejoice, forgive all censures past,
ANECDOTE OF SWIFT. The scribelarus club; consisting of Popes. Arbuthnot, Swift, Gay, Parnal, &c. when the members were in town, were seldom asunder; and they often made excursions together into the country, and generally on foot. Swift was usually the butt of the company, and if a trick was played, he was generally the sufferer. The whole party, once agreed, to walk down to the house of Lord B. about twelve miles from town. As every one agreed to make the best of his way, Swift, (who was remarkable for walking,) soon left all the rest behind him, fully resolved upon his arrival,
to choose the best bed for himself ; for that was his custom. In the mean time, Par. nel, was determined to prevent his intentions, and taking horse, arrived at his lord. ship’s gate, long before him. Having ap. prised Lord B. of Swift's design, it was resolved, at any rate, to keep him out of the house ; but how to effect this, was the question : Swift had never had the small-pox, and was very much afraid of taking it. As soon therefore as he appeared, striding along at some distance from the house, one of his lordship's servants was dispatched to inform him, that the small. pox, was then making very great ravages in the family ; but that there was a summer-house, with a field-bed, at his service, at the end of the garden-There, the disappointed dean was obliged to retire, and take a cold supper that was sent out to him, while the rest were feasting within. However, at last, they took compassion on him, and permitted him to make one of the company.
ANECDOTE. Jaqueline, of Luxemburgh, Duchess of Bedford, after her first husband's death, married Sir Richard Woodville, and had several children; one of whom named Elizabeth, was a great beauty, and finely accomplished; she married Sir John Grey of Groby, but he being slain in the second battle at St. Alban's, fighting for the House of Lancaster, and his estate being confiscated, she retired to her father's seat, at Grafton, in Northamptonshire.
King Edward IV. came there to hunt, paid a visit to the Duchess of Bedford ; and Elizabeth, resolved to embrace the opportunity of obtaining, some favour of the King, threw herself at his feet, and implored a maintenance for herself, and children. The sight of so much beauty, in distress, the King could not withstand-he became deeply in love with her ; and, after a short time, made offers to her of becoming his mistress; but not all the