The Works of the Rev. Jonathan Swift/Volume 12/From Edward Harley to Jonathan Swift - 3
FROM EDWARD, EARL OF OXFORD.
I RECEIVED the favour of your letter; I am vexed that the trifle of the ring should not have reached you; I found where the fault lay; I hope you will soon receive both the picture and the ring safe: I have ordered them to the care of Erasmus Lewis, esq., our old friend, and he is a punctual man, and is well acquainted with Mrs. Ford, and my lord Arran's chaplain, Mr Charleton; so I hope this method will not fail that I have now taken. I would not be wanting in the least trifle, by which I might show the value and esteem I have, and always must and will have for you.
The picture I have of you is the same which Mr. Jarvis drew of you in Ireland, and it is very like you, and is a very good picture; and though Mr. Jarvis is honoured with the place of his majesty's painter, he cannot paint a picture I shall so much value as I do that of the dean of St. Patrick's.
My old fellow collegiate has done so right a thing as to prefer one of your recommendation. — I am, sir, your most obedient humble servant,
My wife sends her compliments to you; she is as well as can be expected.