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S T E E L E's
LETTERS TO HIS FRIENDS.
Colonel of his Majesty's Coldstream Regiment of
MY LORD, Tower Guard, March 23, 1701. HE address of the following papers is so very much due to your Lordship, that
they John Lord Cutts, a soldier of most hardy bravery in King William's wars, was a younger son of Richard Cutts, esq. of an ancient and distinguished family, settled about the time of Henry VI. at Matching in Essex, where they had considerable property. His father removed to Childerley in Cambridgeshire, on a good estate being given him by Sir John Cutts, bart. who died with out issue.
This estate, after the decease of an elder brother, de. volved on John; who fold it, to pay incumbrances, to equip himself as a foldier, and to enable himself to travel. After an academical education at Cambridge, he entered early into the fervice of che D. of Monmouth, and followed his fortunes abroad; was aid-de-camp to the Duke of Lorrain in Hungary, and fignalized himself in a very extraordinary manner at the taking of Buda by the Imperialists in 1686; which important place had been for near a century and a half in the hands of the Turks. Mr. Addison, in a Latin poem worthy of the Augustan age, plainly hints at Mr. Cutts's distinguished bravery at that siege. He was afterwards colonel of a regiment in Holland under the
that they are but ä mere report of what has
States, and accompanied King William to England, who conti-
“ The warlike Cutts the welcome tidings brings,
“ His wounds and his own worth can speak his fame.”
they were writ upon duty, when the mind was
too much seized with vanity and felf-conceit; he is affable, “ familiar, and very
brave. Few considerable actions happened “ in this as well as the last war, in which he was not, and hath “ been wounded in all the actions where he ferved; is esteemed “to be a mighty vigilant officer, and for putting the military or“ ders in execution; he is pretty tall, lufty, well-shaped, and
an agreeable companion ; hath great revenues, yet so very ex“pensive, as always to be in debt; towards fifty years old.” Swift, in a MS. note on Macky, calls him, with his usual laconic cruelty, “ The vainest old fool alive.” He wrote a poem on the death of Queen Mary; and published, in 1687, “Poetical Exercises, written upon several Occasions, and dedic “cated to her Royal Highness Mary Princess of Orange; li“censed March 23, 1686-7, Roger L'Estrange." It contains, besides the dedication figned “ J. Cutts,” verses to that Princess ; a poem on Wisdom; another to Mr. Waller on his commending it ; seven more copies of verses (one of them called “ La Muse “ Cavalier,” which had been ascribed to Lord Peterborough, and as such mentioned by Mr. Walpole in the list of that nobleman's writings), and eleven fongs; the wbole composing but a very thin volume; which is by no means so scarce as Mr. Walpole supposes it to be. The author speaks of having more pieces by him. A. specimen of his poctry (of which the five first lines are quoted by Steele in his fifth Tatler) is added in the following page :
watch of the night, to run over the busy dream
Thoughts of this nature a man may with
“ Only tell her that I love,
Leave the rest to her and Fate ;
Lovers on their stars must wait;
Mercy's pi&tur’d in her eye:
She's too good to l'et me die ;
Why, oh, why should I despair :"
have ever been so far from running into the fafhionable vice of exploding religion, that your early valour first appeared against the profeffed eneinies of Christianity; and Buda had transmitted you to late posterity, but that you yourself have obliterated your part in that glorious scene by the fresher memory of you at Limerick and Namur.
With one honest purpose of life, and constant service of one interest and one cause, in what country have you not fought? in what field have you not bled? But I know I here offend you, nor will you allow warmth in commendation to be like a friend ; but if, my Lord, to speak you generous, honest, and brave, be not friendly, I do assure you it is the only thing I will ever do in common with your enemies.
I said your enemies; but if there are any who have ignorance or malice enough to be such, their little hates must be lost in the distinction the better world allow you; and that county (whose discerning is refined by a learned and elegant university) has done you so great an honour in making you unanimously their representative in parliament, that they who would oppose your reputation, do but confess they are unacquainted with what passes in the world, and strangers to the residence of knowledge and irtue. It was there you received those rudime
* Cambridgeshire ; fee p. 275.