SWIFT AND PARNELL 5
0n March 6, 1713, Swift says in his 'Journal': 'I thought to have made Parnell dine with him (Lord Treasurer), but he was ill; his head is out of order like mine, but more constant, poor boy.5 And again, on March 20: ' ParnelTs poem will be published on Monday, and to-morrow I design he shall present it to Lord Treasurer and Lord Bolingbroke, at Court. The poor lad is almost always out of order with his head/ The poem was now published. ' [It is]/ says Swift, ' mightily esteemed ; but poetry sells ill.3
In 1714 we find Parnell, who was still in precarious health, at Bath with Pope. In 1715 he was once more in Ireland. In 1716 he was presented to the Vicarage of Finglass, which he retained until his death two years later. Towards the close of his life he seems to have suffered more acutely from fits of depression, to which he was apparently subject for many years. At these times he kept himself away from his friends, withdrawing to a remote part of the country, and there enjoying a ' gloomy kind of satisfaction in giving hideous descriptions of the solitude ' by which he was surrounded. In the summer of 1718 he paid his last visit to London, and met some of his old friends. But his health was now rapidly failing, and, on his way to Ireland in October, he fell suddenly ill at Chester and there died: pre-deceased by two unmarried sons, and leaving one daughter, who, it is said, lived to a ripe old age. His remains rest in Holy Trinity churchyard, not far from the home of his ancestors.1
In 1721 Pope raised the most enduring monument
1 Goldsmith, Life of Thomas Parnell; Johnson, Lives of the Poets. (ed. Cunningham) ; Swift's Journal to Stella, The, Dictionary of National Biography.