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required much time, or great application z 'and when he had finished them, he designed to do justice to his subscribers, by publishing them according to his proposals.

As he was ready to entertain himself with future pleasures, he had planned out a scheme of life for the country, of which he had no knowledge but from pastorals and songs. He imagined that he should be transported to scenes of flowery felicity, like those which one poet has reflected to another; and had projected a perpetual round of innocent pleasures, of which he suspected no interruption from pride, or ignorance, or brutality.

With these expectations he was so enchanted, that when he was once gently reproached by a friend for submitting to live upon a fubscription, and advised rather by a refolute exertion of his abilities to support himself, he could not bear to debar himself from the happiness which was to be found in the calm of a cottage, or lose the opportunity of listening, without intermission, to the melody of the nightingale, which he bea lieved was to be heard from every bramble, and which he did not fail to mention as a VOL. III.

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very important part of the happiness of a country life.

While this scheme was ripening, his friends directed him to take a lodging in the liberties of the Fleet, that he might be secure from his creditors, and sent him every Monday a guinea, which he commonly spent before the next morning, and trusted, after his usual manner, the remaining part of the week to the bounty of fortune.

He now began very sensibly to feel the miseries of dependence. Those by whom he was to be supported, began to prescribe to him with an air of authority, which he knew not how decently to resent, nor patiently to bear; and he foon discovered, from the conduct of most of his subscribers, that he was yet in the hands of " little creatures.

Of the infolence that he was obliged to suffer, he gave many instances, of which none appeared to raise his indignation to a greater height, than the method which was iaken of furnishing him with clothes. Instead of consulting him, and allowing him to send a taylor his orders for what they

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thought proper to allow him, they proposed to send for a taylor to take his measure, and then to consult how they should equip him.

This treatment was not very delicate, nor was it such as Savage's humanity would have suggested to him on a like occasion; but it had scarcely deserved mention, had it not, by affecting him in an uncommon degree, shewn the peculiarity of his character. Upon hearing the design that was formed, he came to the lodging of a friend with the most violent agonies of rage; and, being asked what it could be that gave him such disturbance, he replied with the utmost vehemence of indignation, “ That they had sent for a taylor to measure him.”

How the affair ended was never enquired, for fear of renewing his uneasiness. It is probable that, upon recollection, he submitted with a good grace to what he could not avoid, and that he discovered no resentment where he had no power.

He was, however, not humbled to implicit and universal compliance; for when the gen

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tleman, who had first informed him of the design to support him by a subscription, attempted to procure a reconciliation with the Lord Tyrconnel, he could by no means be prevailed upon to comply with the measures that were proposed.

A letter was written for him * to Sir Wile liam Lemon, to prevail upon him to interpose his good offices with Lord Tyrconnel, in which he folicited Sir William's assistance, “ for a man who really needed it as much

as any man could well do;" and informed him, that he was retiring

u for ever to a place where he should no more trouble his “ relations, friends, or enemies;" he confeffed, that his passion had betrayed him to fome conduct with regard to Lord Tyrconnel, for which he could not but heartily ask his pardon; and as he imagined Lord Tyrconnel's passion might be yet fo high, that he would not “ receive a letter from him," begged that Sir William would endeavour to foften him; and expressed his hopes that he would comply with his request, and that “ so small

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That any man should presume to dictate a letter to him, was not very agreeable to Mr. Savage; and therefore he was, before he had opened it, not much inclined to ap

it. But when he read it, he found it contained sentiments entirely opposite to his own, and, as he asserted, to the truth; and therefore, instead of copying it, wrote his friend a letter full of masculine resentment and warm expostulations. He very justly observed, that the style was too supplicatory, and the representation too abject, and that he ought at least to have made him complain with “ the dignity of a gentleman in distress.” He declared that he would not write the paragraph in which he was to ask Lord Tyrconnel's pardon; for," he despised his par

don, and therefore could not heartily, and " would not hypocritically, ask it.” marked, that his friend made a very unreasonable distinction between himself and him; for, says he, when you mention men of high rank“ in your own character,” they are “ those little creatures whom we are pleased

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