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After her Brother's Death he tells her, that she still went on gaining greater Power over him. He, at her Desire, which he calls a Command, sent her fome Verses, which he says if she should think very ill ones, she is the more obliged to him, in that he knowing it as well as fhe, had not forborn to send them to her; and then adds ; " And, to deal freely 66 with you, a less Power than what you have within " THESE FEW DAYS gained upon me, would not 66 have been sufficient to have prevailed with me to cha so it.He allures her, that without her Command they had never known any Place but in his own Memory. But the faire{t and openeft Declaration of the real Passion of Love that can be made is a little farther in the Letter which we now have before us, and of which we are now speaking. • I perceive, Ma

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do dam, says he, that where it was my Design to (6 send you a Letter of Excuse and Compliment, I “ am fallen into one of Love; but I wish all the or 66 ther Defects you shall find in it were as pardonable 66 aš that. In the mean Time let me assure you; is that I have not of a long Time been so engaged, 66 and that there are many in the World to whom I "s would not say so much, even though they held a as Dagger at my Throat:”

To this Letter Mr. Pope receiv'd an Answer, in which the Lady let him understand, that it was no Ways disagreeable to her; and gives him Liberty, though in an indirect Manner, to style himself her Admirer. She takes Occasion to speak of Alexander the Great in her Letter, and says several very witty and obliging Things in such a Manner, as if she was at the same Time ignorant of it, leaving the Applications to him, who she knew was sufficiently able to make them, and this was Cause of another Letter of Compliment and Thanks from Mr. Pope.

Dear Madam, THOUGH my Liberty were, as you fay;

1 greater than Alexander's, it were more than recompenced by the Thanks you have been pleased to return it. Even his Ambition; insatiable as it was, would by so extraordinary a Favour have been limited. He would have valued this Honour more highly than the Persian Diadem ; and he would not have envied Achilles the Praises of Homer, might he have had your's. In like Manner, Madam, considering the Reputation you do me, if I envy his, it is not so much that which he hath acquired, as that you have bestowed on him, and he hath received no Honours, which I do not look upon my own ; unlefs it be that you do him, when you call him yout


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