ridiculing it

The meaning of the sentence is a little obscure. Swift probably means that the hearsay as to Lady Giffard's cultivation of the Court is confirmed by Lady Wharton's making that cultivation the subject of her ridicule; so he has lost a friend there, i. e. he has an avowed enemy where a friend might have been.

Note by Heny Craik to Letter 2 from Journal To Stella
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