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MEMOIRS

OF THE
LIFE and WRITINGS

OF Alexander Pope, Esq;

HEN we concluded the First Volume, we left speaking of the Third Book of the Dunciad, and gave Intimation of a Fourth, which came out afterwards ; before we take further

Notice of that, we think it proper to introduce several Persons and Things, that may fill up the Interval.

Our great Dramatick Poet, Shakespear, bad in Whole, or in Part, passed through several Hands; fome, who might be very reasonably thought not to VOL. II. . Въ

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I allow thefe Realous to be truly critical; but what I am infinitely concerned at is, that so many Errors have escaped the learned Editor : A few whereof we shall here amend, out of a much greater Number, as an Instance of our Regard to this dear Relick.

Act 1. SCENE I.
I have his Letters of a modern Date,
Wherein by Julio, good Camillo's Son
(Who as he says, shall follow hard upon,
And whom I with the growing Hour expect)
He doth solicit the Return of Gold,
To purchase certain Horse that like him well.

This place is corrupted : The Epithet good is a meer insignificant Expletive, but the Alteration of that fingle Word restores a clear Light to the Context, thus,

I have his Letters of a modern Date,
Wherein, by July, (by Camillo's Son,
Who, as he faith, shall follow hard upon,
And whom I with the growing Hours, expect)
He doth solicit the Return of Gold.

Here you have not only the Perfon specified, by whose Hands the Return was to be made, but the most necessary Part, the Time, by which it was required. Camillo's Son was to follow hard upon- What? Why upon July-Horse that like him well, is very absurd: Read it, without Contradiction,

Horse that he likes well.

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