The Works of the Rev. Jonathan Swift/Volume 13/From Elizabeth Gerard Hamilton to Jonathan Swift - 1
FROM THE DUCHESS OF HAMILTON.
WHEN we were together last, I remember we spoke of a certain stanza, which you suspected me parent of, by reason there were some things in it, you were sure I should have said twelve years ago. If this be a rule, I am certain you are not dean Swift; for twelve years ago your promised letter had not been so long in coming to me. All I can say is, I wish you had been twelve years ago what I wish you now, and that you were now what you was twelve years ago to
Your real friend and humble servant,