The Works of the Rev. Jonathan Swift/Volume 13/From Samuel Masham and Abigail Masham to Jonathan Swift - 1

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LONDON, APRIL 7, 1733.

I HOPE you will excuse me that I have not answered your letter sooner; but I shall not be backward in obeying your commands, by attending the cause you mention, when it comes into the house. I shall not fail speaking to those few lords I can be so free with, to attend also; and shall rejoice if it should be determined to your satisfaction: and I have good reason to believe it will, being fully convinced, that you can interest yourself in nothing but where justice is uppermost. We have long flattered ourselves with the hopes of having your good company here. I am sure there is no family in this kingdom wishes to see you more than that of the Mashams, who will always have you in remembrance, for your health and welfare. I doubt not but you hear from better hands the state of our affairs, in relation to the excising tobacco and wine, therefore shall not trouble you upon that subject; and shall only desire your farther commands wherein I am capable to serve you; assuring you, that I am, with great esteem and faith, sir, your most faithful and humble servant,



There are few things in life would give me more joy than to see you again in this part of the world. Let your friends have that pleasure; for, in doing it you will oblige a vast number of people; but nobody more, my dear Mr. dean, than your affectionate humble servant,