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Mr. Philips did express himself with much Indignation against me one Evening at Button's Coffee-house (as I was told) saying, That I was entered into a Cabal with Dean Swift and others, to write against the Whig-Interest, and in particular to undermine his own . Reputation, and that of his Friends Steele and Addifon. But Mr. Philips never open'd his Lips to my Face, on this or any other like Occasion, tho' I was almost every Night in the same Room with him, nor ever offer'd me any Indecorum. Mr. Addison came to me a Night or two after Philips had talk'd in this idle Manner, and assured me of his Difbelief of what had been said, of the Friendship we should always maintain, and derfir'd I would fay nothing further of it. My Lord Halifax did me the Honour to ftir in this Matter, by speaking to several People to ob: viate a false Aspersion, which might have done me no small Prejudice with one Party: However Philips did all he could, secretly to continue the Report with *the Hanover Club, and kept in his Hands the Subfcriptions paid for me to him, as Secretary to that Club. The Heads of it have since given him to understand, that they take it ill; but (upon the Terms I ought to be with a Man whom I think to be a Scoundrel) I would not even ask him for this Money, but commissioned one of the Players, his Equals, to receive it. This is the whole Matter ; but as to the fecret Grounds of Philips's Malignity, they will make a very pleasant History when we meet. Mr. Congreve and some others have been much diverted with it,' and most of the Gentlemen of the Hanover Club have made it the Subject of their Ridicule on their Secretary. It is to this Management of Philips that the World owes Mr. Gay's Pastorals. The ingenious Author is extremely your Servant, and would have comply'd with your kind Invitation, but that

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