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transmit it to you; being, Sir, your most obedient humble servant,
W. WARBURTON. There is a small hole in it, as if it had hung about the neck in a ribbon; and I imagine it was so employed by these poor wretches, drunk with superstition, rage and enthusiasma.
For Mr. PETER Des MAIZEAUX. DEAR SIR, Newarke, May 15, 1736. I deferred paying my acknowledgments for the obliging civilities I received from you when I had the pleasure of your company in London, till I could tell you
that you might expect to receive the papers you was so good as to promise me you would insert in the Bibliotheque Angloise *. I have directed them for you at Mr. Woodward's. They come up in the Newarke waggon, carriage paid ; and I hope will be in town this day fortnight. I have inclosed the small piece of French gold, which I request your acceptance of, as a trifling mark of my sincere esteem and friendship. I have likewise inclosed 155. with which I beg you will buy me the 6 volumes of Bibliotheque that are already come out; and to send them me down by the Newarke waggon. As nothing does me a greater honour than your friendship, so nothing will be a greater pleasure than your correspondence, Your universal knowledge in Literature makes you need no assistance in any of your learned undertakings ; so that I have no other way of shewing my friendship, but where at the same time I shew my sense, and my justice-I mean in your commendation. This is my usual subject to my friends here, to whom I boast how much I am, dear Sir, your most affectionate friend, and humble servant,
W. WARBURTON. * Or, rather Britannique ; see p. 64.
For Mr. Peter Des Maizeaux. Dear Sir, Newarke, May 22, 1736. Along with this you receive the Emendations on Paterculus, which I beg the favour of you to get inserted in the Bibliotheque Britannique. I hope they may be inserted all together in one part, for I think they will not make above 40 pages. I have inscribed them to the Bishop of Chichester*, to whom I have great obligations.
Inclosed you will find the bit of French gold, which I beg you will be so good as to accept as a small mark of my esteem and friendship for you.
Dear Sir, if you will do me the favour to let me hear from you now and then, at your leisure, the state of your health, and what news is stirring in the literary world, believe me no greater pleasure or honour can be done to, dear Sir, your most affectionate and most obliged humble servant,
For Mr. Peter Des MAIZEAUX.
August 16, 1736. I received the Bibliotheques Britanniques by Mr. Giles, which you was so good as to procure for me. It is but an ill way, I confess, of making my apology for the trouble I gave you, by putting you to more; but I should be much obliged to you, for letting me know the price of Montfaucon's Cata
* Dr. Francis Hare, under the abbreviation of F. E. C. by whom he had been recommended to Queen Caroline. They were inserted accordingly, in the seventh volume of that work, for July, August, and September, 1736, and occupy the pages from No. 256 to 294.
logue of MSS. if it be yet published, because I would buy it.
Not having had the honour of hearing from you otherwise than by Mr. Gyles, and knowing how much you are afflicted with the rheumatism, I was much apprehensive for your health : there being no one who more truly esteems and honours you, than;
Dear Sir, your most obedient and most obliged humble servant,'
For Mr. PETER DES MAIZEAUX.
Newarke, Sept. 16, 1738. I had the pleasure of hearing of your health by Mr. Gyles, in a letter I lately received from him. I find I am indebted to you for the favour of the last Bibliotheque Britannique, which he tells me you was so good as to leave at his shop for me.
I hope he sent you one of my Sermons which I published this summer, and that it met with your approbation. Pray what news is there in the learned world?
you favour us with a Supplement to Bayle, of the English Learned? That news would be a great pleasure to me. What think you of our new set of Fanatics, called the Methodists? I have seen Whitefield's Journal; and he appears to me to be as mad as ever George Fox the Quaker was. These are very fit Missionaries, you will say, to propagate the Christian faith among Infidels. There is another of them, one Wesley, who came over from the same mission. He told a friend of mine, that he had lived most deliciously the last summer in Georgia, sleeping under trees, and feeding on boiled maize, sauced with the ashes of oak leaves ; that he will return thither, and then will cast off his English dress, and wear a dried skin, like the savages, the better to
ingratiate himself with them. It would be well for Virtue and Religion, if this humour would lay hold generally of our overheated bigots, and send them to cool themselves in the Indian Marshes. I fancy that Venn and Webster would make a very entertaining as well as proper figure in a couple of bear-skins, and marching in this terror of equipage like the Pagan priests of Hercules of old :
Jamque Sacerdotes primusque Politius ibant,
Pellibus in morem cincti, flammasque ferebant. Dear Sir, do me the favour to believe that nothing can be more agreeable than the hearing of you, but the hearing from you; and that I am your very affectionate and obliged humble servant,
*** The Collection of Letters to Mr. Des Maizeaux, from which those of Mr. Warburton are extracted, principally written by persons of considerable literary eminence, fills nine large vo. Lumes; (see Ayscough's Catalogue, 4281—4289). — A Letter or two from Mr. Des Maizeaux to Mr. Birch will be found in a future page of this volume.
ORIGINAL LETTERS FROM WARBURTON
TO THE Rev. THOMAS BIRCH *.
To the Rev. Mr. THOMAS BIRCH, in St. John's
Lane, Clerkenwell, London.
Newarke, Aug. 4, 1736. I RECEIVED the very agreeable favour of yours of the 15th past, which I should have acknowledged much sooner, had not a journey of ten days, from which I am just now returned, prevented me.
You may freely command me in any thing you may imagine me capable of serving you, towards the perfecting the very useful work you are engaged in t. What I could supply you
any * Of these Letters (the Originals of which are preserved in the British Museum, Birch MSS. 4320.) several Extracts were given by the late Rev. H. P. Maty in his “ New Review," and thence transplanted into various parts of the “Literary Anecdotes." But the entire Letters of Bp. Warburton, whose habit it was to speak boldly of men and things, and not to spare even his most intimate friends, should not be withheld from the world. They disclose many particulars in the Literary History of the Eighteenth Century at present unknown ; and the persons to whom he alludes are too far removed from the present scene of action to be affected either by his censure or applause.
+ This “ useful work," the first of any consequence in which Mr. Birch engaged, was, “ The General Dictionary, Historical and Critical ;" wherein a new translation of that of the celebrated Mr. Bayle was included; and which was interspersed with several thousand lives never before published. It was on the 29th of April, 1734, that Mr. Birch, in conjunction with the Rer. Mr. John Peter Bernard, and Mr. Jobn Lockman, agreed with the Booksellers to carry on this important undertaking; and Mr. George Sale was employed to draw up the articles relating