The Works of the Rev. Jonathan Swift/Volume 11/From Jonathan Swift to Henry St. John - 1

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JAN. 7, 1710.

THOUGH I should not value such usage from a secretary of state, and a great minister; yet when I consider the person it comes from, I can endure it no longer. I would have you know, sir, that if the queen gave you a dukedom and the garter to morrow with the treasury staff at the end of them, I would regard you no more than if you were not worth a groat. I could almost resolve, in spite, not to find fault with my victuals, or be quarrelsome to morrow at your table: but if I do not take the first opportunity to let all the world know some qualities in you that you take most care to hide, may my right-hand forget its cunning. After which threatening, believe me, if you please, to be with the greatest respect, sir, your most obedient,

most obliged,

and most humble servant,