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as Mr. Pope, had a Hand in the Comedy callid, Three Hours after Marriage, that goes in the Name of Mr. Gay, which not succeeding, for it was a mean Performance, occasioned Reflections on all the three Gentlemen beforementioned : In the Prologue to the Sultaness, spoken by Mr. Wilks, was this Fling at it. Such were the Wags, who boldly did adventure, Toclub a Farce by Tripartite Indentare: visur But let them share their Dividend of Praise. ... 1 And wear their own Fools Cap instead of Bays. .. Mr. Pope us’d to say, and has confefs'd it in Writing, that if it had not been for 'Dr. Arbuthnot, he fhould not have had fufficient Health to apply him. felf to Study, so that much of Mr. Pope's Writings, must be allowed to be owing to bis Care of him, he had a Brother of thegreatest Affability and good Nature, of whom Mr Pope, writing to Mr. Digby then at Bath, speaks, September 1, 1072221 ; ... i l . O iw slott idi 2107.20 n ostor Arbüthnot is going to Båth, and will stay
U there'a Fortnight or more: Perhaps you would be comforted to have a Sight of, whether you need -him or not. I think him as good a Doctor as any Man for one that is ill, and a better Doctor for one
that is well. He would do admirably for Mrs. MaEgy Digby: She needed only to follow his Hints, to be
in eternal Business and Amusement of Mind, and i as active as she could deftre... But irfdeed I fear the swould out-walk him; - for (as Dean Swift obfervd
to me the very first Time I saw the Doctor)? « He : * is a Man that can do every Thing, but walk!" - His Brother, who is lately come into England, goes
also to the Bath; and is a more extraordinary Man than he, -wörth your going thither on purpose to
know him. The Spirit of Philanthropy To long 13:!! si loti ne : +1 80ltir dead dead to our World, is reviv'd in him: He is a Philosopher all of Fire ; so warmly, nay so wildly in the right, that he forces all others about him to be fo too, and draws them into his Vortex. He is a Star that looks as if it were all Fire, but is all Benignity, all gentle and beneficial Influence. If there be other Men in the World that would serve a Friend, yet he is the only one I believe that could make even an Enemy serye a Friend, Eg96.
And has not Colley still his Lord and Whore ?
The Lines which reflects on Mr. Cibber he quietly: let alone, not thinking it (I believe) for his Advantage, to take up a Pen against an Adversary so potent, and now so much in Favour with the World ;; but after the Publication of the new Dunciad, where Mr. Pope was still very bright upon his Dulness, he immediately endeavoured to answer those Bills of Discredit, which he says Mr. Pope had drawn on: him: And Mr. Gibber has been of that very peaceable Nature, in Regard to the Defence of his Odes and other poetical Performances, that though he has, been persecuted for Twenty Years together, he never 'till now made any Answer ; nay, he has wrote Verses against his own Odes, mcerly for the Pleasure. of fitting in Coffee-Houses and hearing them (for. they were not known to be his) praised and called palpable Hits, keen, Things with a Spirit in them, & Co. He had in this Contest with Mr. Pope, which is a Letter to him, the Cunning to write in Prose, and to keep his Temper, which he has done extremely well. As to his own Poetry, he openly and candidly confesles, that he wrote more to be fed than to be famous ; and that he is so contented a Dunce, that he would not have even Mr. Pope's merited Fame attended with the Solicitude he has been: at to mantain it, allowing at the same Time the Dunciad to be a better Poem, in its kind, than ever. was writ.
He protests that he had never used Mr. Pope nor: any Body else with Ill-manners, and seems to give other Reasons for his Ell-will towards him. In his Letter he says:
have used the bare Word Mummy and Crocodile, was neither unjust, or unmannerly ; Where then was the Crime of simply saying there had been two such Things in a former Play? But this, it seems, was so heinously taken by Mr. Pope, that, in the Swelling of his Heart, after the Play was over, he came behind the Scenes, with his Lips pale and his Voice trembling to call me to Account for the Infult; and accordingly fell upon me with all the foul Language, that a Wit out of his Senfes could be capable of._ How durft I have the Impudence to treat any Gentleman in that Manner? &c. &c. C. Now let the Reader judge by this Concern, who was the true Mother of the Child! When he was almost choaked with the Foam of his Passion, I was enough recover'd from my Amazement, to make him (as near as I can remember this Reply, viz. 66 Mr. 6 Pope You are so particular a Man, that I must 6 be ashamed to return your Language as I ought “ to do: But fince you have attack'd me in fo mon6 strous a Manner, this you may depend upon; " That as long as the Play continues to be acted, I “ will never fail to repeat the same Words over and 66 over again.” Now, as he accordingly found I kept my Word, for several Days following, I am afraid he has since thought, that his Pen was a sharper Weapon than his Tongue to trust his Revenge with. And however juft Cause this may be for his so doing, it is, at least, the only Cause my Consci, ence can charge me with.,