Letter 1
From The Journal To Stella by Jonathan Swift (see modern spelling)

[Saturday]

Chester Septr. 2. 1710

Jo will give you an Account of me till I got into the Boat, after which the Rogues made a new bargain & forced me to give them 2 Crowns, and talkt as if we should not be able to overtake any Ship; but in half an Hour we got to the Yatcht; for the Ships lay by wait for My Ld Lt's Steward. We made our Voyage in 15 hours just; last night I came to this Town, and shall leave it I believe on Monday. The first man I mett in Chestr was Dr Raymd, He & Mrs Raymd were come here about levying a Fine in order to have Power to sell their Estate. They have found every Thing answer very well. They both desire to present their humble services to You: They do not think of Ireld till next Year. I got a fall off my Horse riding here from Parkgate; but no Hurt, the Horse understading falls very well, and lying quitely till I got up. My Duty to the Bp of Cl. I saw him returning from Dunlary, but he saw not me I take it ill He was not at Convocation, & that I have not His Name to My Powers. I beg you will hold your Resolution of going to Trim, and riding there as much as You can. Let the Bp of Cloghr remind the Bp of Killala to send me a Letter with one inclosd to the Bp of Lichfield Let all who write to me inclose to Richd Steele Esqr. at his Office at the Cockpitt, near Whitehall. But not Md, I will pay for their Lettrs. at St. James's Coffee house, that I may have them the sooner—My Ld Mountjoy is now in the humr that we should begin our Journy this afternoon, so that I have stole here again to finish this Lettr wch must be short or long accordingly. I write this Post to Mrs Wesly, and will tell her that I have taken care she may have her Bill of 11511 whenever she pleases to send for it, and in that Case I desire you will send it her inclosed & sealed; and have it ready so in Case she should send for it otherwise keep it. I will say no more till I hear whethr I go to day or no, if I do the Lettr is almost at an end. My Cozn Abigail is grown prodigiously old—God almighty bless poodeerichar Md, & for Gds sake be merry, and gett ee health—I am perfectly resolvd to return as soon as I hay done my Commission whethr it succeeds or no I neer went to Engd with so little desire in my Life. If Mrs Curry makes any difficulty about the Lodgings; I will quitt them, and pay her from July. 9. last, and Mrs Brent must write to Parvisol with orders accordingly. The Post is come from London ad just going out; so I have only time to pray Gd to bress poor richr Md FW FW Md Md Me Me Me.

Address: To Mrs. Dingley, at Mr.
Curry's House over against
the Ram in Capel-street
Ireland Dublin

Endorsements by (1) Above address: Sepr. 9th. Receiv'd
Esther Johnson: (2) To right, on fold:1st.
MD Recd. this Septr. 9.
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