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M. DE ST. E VREMOND
MR. WALLE R.
Now first Collected and Published.
Printed in the Year, MDCCLXX.
M. DE ST. EVREMOND, &c.
LETTER I. WALLER to St. EvREMOND.
M RAMONT once told Rochester, that I if he could by any means divest him
self of one half of his wit, the other half would make him the most agreeable man in the world. This observation of the count's did not strike me much when I heard it, but I have often remarked the propriety of it since. Laft night I supped at lord Rochester's,
with a select party.-- On such occasions he is not ambitious of shining.- He is rather pleasant than arch. — He is, comparatively, reserved; but you find something in that restraint which is more agreeable than the utmost exertion of talents in others. The reserve of Rochester gives you the idea of a copious river, that fills its chanel, and seems as if it could easily overflow its banks, but is unwilling to spoil the heauty and verdure of the plains. The most perfect good-humour was supported through the whole evening, nor was it in the least disturbed, when, unexpectedly, towards the end of it, the king came in *. Something has vexed him, said Rochester ; he never does me this honour but when is in an ill humour. The following dialogue, or fomething very like it, ensued.'
The King. How the d have I got here? The knaves have fold every cloak in the wardrobe.
* No unusual thing with Charles II.
dress which, for their own fakes, your ma. jesty ought never to be without.
ROCHESTER.. I am glad of it. I hate still life. Your ma. jesty is never fo entertaining as when
The King. Ridiculous ! - I believe the English are the most untractable people upon earth.
ROCHESTER. I must humbly beg your majesty's pardon, if I presume, in that respect
The King. You would find them so, were you in my place, and obliged to govern.
Rochester. Were I in your majesty's place, I would not govern at all.
RochESTERE. I would send for my lord of Rochester, and command him to govern.