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I hope the very great wind which we had on Sunday, the 13th of this month, did not reach you. Had it lasted long, it would have done incredible mischief; but as it was, it ran through the whole kingdom, killed some, and ruined many.
My most affectionate service to your lady and mother. I am, my dear Taylor, yours most sincerely, &c.
DR. THOMAS RUNDLE TO THE REVEREND DEAN
MY DEAR FRIEND, Barrington, Sept. 9, 1740. IF I was not the most inactive mortal living, I would quickly come to you at Winchester, to assure you what esteem and affection for you have ever been in my heart; but, I believe, I must defer my visit to you till I can pay it in that city (Exeter) where I was educated, and which still continues the delight of my imagination. Though I think it by far the finest climate, and most agreeable place of residence in England, yet it never appeared in so fair a light to me, as it will, when I see you presiding in its cathedral. I have still some few valuable acquaintance left in that country, who will think themselves happy in your friendship, and rejoice to perform to you all the self-rewarding duties of good neighbourhood : and I am contident they will think themselves more obliged to me for making them known to you, than for all the other civilities it has ever been in my power to show them.
· Your house there, as well as I remember, is large, but gloomily situated under the shadow of the church; crowded with houses in such a manner, as not to suffer you to have any gardens of value; but the variety of public walks round the town, and the beauty of the landscapes, and the warmth of the air, will make you ample amends for every inconvenience at home, if any such there be. But I am just informed that you have not yet taken possession of it. Whence this delay? I hope it is not from indifference. If you go down next spring, I will offer you my company, if that can make the journey more agreeable.You will find there every thing that your hospita. ble heart can desire, in greater plenty, greater elegance, and at less expense, than in any city in England, and, I may almost say, Ireland, if I am not deceived by my memory and my friends. Forgive my indulging myself in the praises of my first love, to one who is to enjoy her beauties, whilst I am banished to Thulè, far from sunshine, and the conversation of those friends whose company would make even Thulè pleasant and sunshine forgotten. If you have any taste for gardening, and cultivating and amassing any kind of vegetable riches, the trees there shoot with a more luxuriant verdure; the flowers glow with warmer colours; and the fruits ripen to a richer flavour, , than in any part of this island; and the fig and the grape scarce desire better skies.
I am glad you are pleased with colonel Folliot; he is a sepsible, friendly, upright man; indefatigable in obliging those for whom he has conceived an esteem, and generous to the full extent of his fortune.'' He has a taste for the beauties of nature, and indulges himself in the enjoyment of every rational amusement of that kind, which he can purchase with discretion. You and he have mạny things in common, in the turn of your indefatigable charity, to relieve the distresses of mankind; and our hospital for invalids, by his dexterity and diligence, was raised from being vox et præterea nihil, into a comfort for many hundreds of unhappy wretches; and is now an honour to our kingdom ; and whilst it coptinues so, will preserve to posterity an account of the fortitude, and virtue, and wisdom of Folliot.
I intend to continue here till the meeting of the parliament, and then to remove to Mr. John Talbot's, in Red Lion-square. You know me well enough, to be sure that the chief call I have into England is to enjoy the company of those friends, to whose family and affection I owe all the good fortune of my life. Inclination and gratitude united in determining me to undertake my present journey. I design to continue the winter and spring in London, and in the beginning of the summer see my other friends, and then return to Ireland for ever. I grow too old, and too inactive, to propose any future expeditions. I have recovered my health and spirits, but not my strength. I am infinitely better than ever I ex. pected, or could even hope for without presumption; but yet the effects of a distemper, as well as the infirmities of old age, will disable me from any prospect of being hereafter fit for any thing, but talking in an elbow-chair. - I own to you, my friend, my situation in Ire: land is as agreeable to ine as any possibly could be, remote from the early friendships of my life. I have been served as Plato in his commonwealth would have Homer treated; “ First,” says the philosopher, “ do him honours, reward bis njerit, and then banish him." At Dublin I enjoy the most delightful habitation, the finest landscape, and the mildest climate, that can be described or desired. I have a house there rather too elegant and magnificent: in the north an easy diocese, and a large revenue. I have but thirty-five beneficed clergymen under my care, and they are all regnlar, decent, and neighbourly : each hath considerable and commendable general learning; but not one is eminent for any particular branch of knowledge. And I have rather more carates, who are allowed by their rectors such a stipend as hath, alas ! tempted most of them to marry ; and it is not uncommon to have curates that are fathers of eight or ten children, without any thing but an allowance of forty pounds a year to support them.
The only discipline that I have as yet exerted, hath been to discard three out of my diocese, wlio, though refused certificates by me and my clergy, have obtained good livings in America, and found room for repentance. If their former misfortunes have been a warning to them, I rejoice at their success; but if they are once more negligent of their conduct, there is no farther beneficial pardou for their follies in this life, though they should sincerely seek it with tears.
My Dean, your kinsman, is much beloved at Derry, and is highly delighted with the prefer
ment. That place was the first object of his fondness, and agrees with his constitution ; his wife was born in it, and is related to great numbers near it. He is very generous, and a great economist; lives splendidly, yet buys estates; and equally takes care of his reputation and his family. The income is above 13001. per ann. but he hath seven curates, to whom he is generous. It is a preferment which will increase daily, and the outgoings continue the same. It is now a clear 10001. and will next year be probably better. I have only room to assure you that I am yours most sincerely, &c.
DR. THOMAS RUNDLE TO ARCHDEACON $.
Dublin, March 22, 1742-3.. ADIEU—for ever-Perhaps I may be alive when this comes to your hands—more probably not;but in either condition, your sincere well-wisher.--Believe me, my friend, there is no comfort in this world, but a life of virtue and piety; and no death supportable, but one comforted by Christianity, and its real and rational hope. The first, I doubt not, you experience daily—May it be long before you experience the second !—I have lived to be Conviva satur,-passed through good report and evil report ; have not been injured more than outwardly by the last, and solidly benefited by the former. May all who love the truth in Christ Jesus, and sincerely obey the Gospel, be happy!