The Letters of Horace Walpole, Earl of Orford — Volume 3 eBook

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No. when they can smile, who ruin a great country’. sure those who would have saved it may indulge themselves in that cheerfulness which conscious integrity bestows.  I think I shall come to you next week; and since we have no longer any plan of operations to settle, we will look over the map of Europe, and fix upon a pleasant corner for our exile—­for take notice, I do not design to fall upon my dagger, in hopes that some Mr. Addison a thousand years hence may write a dull tragedy about me.  I will write my own story a little more cheerfully than he would; but I fear now I must not print it at my own press.  Adieu!  You was a philosopher before you had any occasion to be so:  pray continue so; you have ample occasion!  Yours ever, H. W.

Letter 227 To The Hon. H. S. Conway.  Strawberry Hill, Oct. 13, 1764. (page 348)

Lord John Cavendish has been so kind as to send me word of the Duke of Devonshire’s(676) legacy to you.(677) You cannot doubt of the great joy this gives me; and yet it serves to aggravate the loss of so worthy a man!  And when I feel it thus, I am sensible how much more it will add to your concern, instead of diminishing it.  Yet do not wholly reflect on your misfortune.  You might despise the acquisition of five thousand pounds simply; but when that sum is a public testimonial to your virtue, and bequeathed by a man so virtuous, it is a million.  Measure it with the riches of those who have basely injured you, and it is still more!  Why, it is glory, it is conscious innocence, it is satisfaction—­it is affluence without guilt—­Oh! the comfortable sound!  It is a good name in the history of these corrupt days.  There it will exist, when the wealth of your and their country’s enemies will be wasted, or will be an indelible blemish on their descendants.

My heart is full, and yet I will say no more.  My best loves to all your opulent family.  Who says virtue is not rewarded in this world?  It is rewarded by virtue, and it is persecuted by the bad.  Can greater honour be paid to it?

(676) William, fourth Duke of Devonshire.  During his administration in Ireland, Mr. Conway had been secretary of state there.  He died at Spa on the 2d of October.-E.

(677) The legacy was contained in the following codicil, written in the Duke’s own hand.  “I give to General Conway five thousand pounds as a testimony of my friendship to him, and of my sense of his Honourable conduct and friendship for me."-E.

Letter 228 To The Hon. H. S. Conway.  Strawberry Hill, Oct. 29, 1764. (page 348)

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