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the cornie Mierafiti Burlearen 7; 1735
My Lord, " .. ..," ::'
1 could not give me so much. Pain, as I receiv'd Pleasure in seeing the general Zeal of the World in the Case of a great Man, who is beneficent; and the particular Warmth of your Lordship in that of a private Man, who is innocent. ::
It was not the Poem that defery'd this from you s for as I had the Honour to be your Friend, I could not treat you quite like a Poet : But sure the Writer deserv'd more Candor, even 'in those who knew him not, than to promote a Report, which, in regard to to that noble Person, was impertinent ; in regard to me, vilainous. Yet I had no great Cause to wonder, that a Character belonging to twenty, should be applied to one, fince, by that Means, nineteen would escape the Ridicule.......ii ii!
I was too well content with my Kuowledge of that noble Person's Opinion in this Affair, to trouble the Publick about it. But since Malice and Mistake are so long a dying, I have taken this Opportunity of a third Edition to declare his Belief, not only of my Innocence, but of their Malignity, of the former of which my own Heart is as conscious, as I fear
some of theirs must be of the latter. His Humanity i !. !. in . :',
3 1 ; 1; 1; feels
feels a Concern for the Injury done to me, while his Greatness of Mind can bear with Indifference the Infult offered to himself. *
However, my Lord Iown, that Criticks of this Sort can intimidate me, nay half incline me to write no more : That would be making the Town a Compliment it deferves; and which fome, I am sure, would take very kindly. This Way of Satire is dangerous, as long as Slander raisd by Fools of the lowest Rank can find any Countenance from those of a higher. Even from the Conduct shewn on this Occasion, I have learnt there are some who would rather be wicked than ridiculous; and therefore it may be safer to attack Vices than Follies. I will therefore leave my Betters in the quiet Poffeffion of their Idols, their Groves, and their high Places; and change my Subject from their Pride to their Meanness, from their Vanities to their Miseries: And as the only certain Way to avoid Misconstructions, to lessen Offence, and not to multiply ill-natur'd Applications, I may probably, in my next, make use of real Names, and not of Fictitious Ones.
I am, my Lord,
: A. ÉOPE.
. This at last cool'd the false Rage of the Town, land was look'd upon as a full Denial of the Character
of Lord Timon belonging to the beforementioned -Duke, and as it could now belong to.no Body, it remains the imaginary Timon. In the windiug up of i this Poem, he mentions opening Harbours, making -publick Ways, and building Churches, Bridges, and
other Alludes to the Letter the Duke of Chandos wrote te
other useful Parts of Architecture, which would be come a Prince: ; These are Imperial Works, and worthy Kings! For this poem waspublish'd in the Year 1732: When fome of the new built Churches, by the Act of Qc Anne, were ready to fall, being founded in boggy Land, and others vilely executed, thro' fraudulent Cavils between Undertakers, Officers, &c. when Dagenham Breach had done very great Mischiefs ; when the Proposal of building a Bridge at Weftminster had been petition'd againft, and rejected ; when many of the Highways throughout Englana were hardly paffable, and most of those that were repair'd by Turnpikes, made Jobbs for private Lų. cre, and infamouky executed, even to the Entrances of London itself.
These four original Epiftles, we defire to distingüish from those wrote when our Poet was younger, as well as from those wherein he professes to imitate Horace, and Dr. Dorme; these being purely his own Wit.and Philosophy, and are sufficient, had he wrote nothing else, to have prov'd him 'a very great Poet and nice Thinker, where nothing but Morals wete to be discours d of; of this Sort, or very like, we have one more to Dr. Arbuthnot, which contains an Apology of Mr. Pope for himself and Writings'; it was drawn up at leveral Times, as Occafion offer'd; he had no Thought of publishing it, till it pleas'd Tome Persons of Rank and Fortune to attack, in a very extraordinary Manner," not only his Writings, but his Morals, Perfon, and Family, of which he therefore thought himfell oblig'd, to give fome Account.
Dr. Arbuthnot was befides an excellent Phyficián, a very ingenious Gentleman, his Epitaph on Col. Chartres shows it: It was reported that he, as well