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med in private before some of the Royal Family; this Gentleman accidentally about that Time paid a Visit to Mr. Pope, who, after the first Civilities were over, enquired of him, What News there was in the Learned World, and what new Pieces were brought to Light: The lefser Poet reply'd, that there was little or nothing, or at least little or nothing worthy Notice: That there was indeed a Thing come out, call'd An Esay on Man, the first Epistle, threatning more, for he had read it, and it was a most abominable Piece of Stuff,' shocking Poetry, infufferable Philosophy, no Coherence, no Connection at all; if I thought (continued he) that you had not seen it, I would have brought it with me. Upon this Mr. Pope very frankly told him, that he had' seen it before it went to the Press; for it was his own Writing, a Work of Years, and the Poetry such as he thought proper for the Expression of the Subject, on which Side he did not imagine it would ever have been attack’d, especially by any pretending to the Study of Harmony and Knowledge of Numbers.
This was like a Clap of Thunder to the mistaken Bard; he took his Hat, and with a Blush and a Bow took his Leave of Mr. Pope, and never more ventured to fhew his unlucky Face there again. For the Verity of this Story we have the Testimony of a learned Gentleman, who has obliged the World with several Theological Treatises, and who was at that Time and always very intimate with Mr. Pope. . It was expected, after what had happened, that the said unlucky Gentleman would have given some Reafon in publick for his Dislike of the Effay, and have show'd where the Poetry was defective, where the Philofophy; but whether intimidated by Fears of being clapp'd into the Dunciad; or whether what
Besides thefe, and other Epitaphs mention'd before, Mr. Pope wrote several more; on Sir William Trumball; on the Earl of Dorfet; on General Withers; on Mr. Corbet; on the Hon. Robert, and on his Sifter Mary Digby ; on Sir Godfrey Kneller, and on Sir. Isaac Newton, and Mr. Fenton. . .
Mr. Fenton was a Gentleman, for whom Mr. Pope had a very high Regard, and who was in much Efteem for his excellent Poems. He was educated
at Jesus-College in Cambridge, and was preferr'd to be Secretary to the Right Hon. Charles Earl of Orrery, He was interr'd at Easthamstead in Berks, in the Year 1730. His Epitaph: