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S O P H 1,
Written by the Honourable
Knight of the Bath.
The SexTH EDITION
Printed for Jacob Tonfon, at Shakespear's
in the Strand. 1719.
FTER the Delivery of your Royal Father'si Person into the Hands. of the Army, I under
taking to the Queens Mother that I would find some. Means to get Access to him, the was pleased to send me; and by the Help of Hugh Reters. I got my Admittance, and coming well instructed from the Queen (his Majesty having been long kept in the Dark) he was pleased to discourse very freely with me of the
whole State of his Affairs : But, Sir, I will not launch into a History, instead of an Epiftle. One Morning waiting on him at CarJham, smiling upon me, he said he could tell me fome News of my self, which was, that he had seen fome Verses of mine the Evening before (being those to Sir R. Fanjaw) and asking me when I made them, I told him two or three Years since; he was pleased to say, that having never seen them bem fore, He was afraid I had written them since my Return into England, and though he liked them well, he would advise me to write no more; alledging, that when Men are young, and have little elle to do, they might vent the Overflowings of their Fancy that way; but when they were thought fit for more ferious Employments, if they still perfifted in that Course, it would look as if they minded not the way to any better.
Whereupon I stood corrected as long as I had the Honour to wait upon him, and at his Departure from Hampton-Court, he was pleased to command me to stay private ly at London, to send to him and receive from him all his Letters from and to all his Correspondents at home and abroad, and I was furnish'd with nine several Cyphers in order to it: Which Truft I performed with great Safety to the Persons with whom we correfponded; but about Nine Months after being discovered by their Knowledge of Mr. Cowley's Hand, I happily escaped both for my self, and those that held Correspondence with me. That Time was too hot and busie for such idle Speculati. ons, but after I had the good Fortune to wait upon your Majesty in Holland and France, you were pleafed fometimes to give me Arguments to divert and put off the evil Hours of our Banishment,