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Surreptitious and Incorrect Editions of

Mr. Pope's LETTERS.



AMILIAR Letters to Henry Cromwell,

Esq; Pope, Printed for Ed.

mund Curll, 1727. [In this are Verses, &c. ascribed to Mr. P. which were not his.]

II. Mr. Pope's Literary Correspondence for thirty

years: from 1704 to 1734. Being a Collection of Letters which passed between him and several eminent persons. Printed for E. Curll, 89, 1735, 'Two editions.

- The same in duodecimo, with cuts. The third edition. [These contain several Letters not genuine.]

III. Mr. Pope's Literary Correspondence, Vol. II.

Printed for the fame, 80, 1735. [In this volume are no Letters of Mr. Pope's, but a few of those to Mr. Cromwell reprinted; nor any to

him, but one said to be Bishop Atterbury's, and another in that Bishop's name, certainly not his : One or two Letters from St. Omer's, advertized of Mr. Pope, but which proved to be only concerning him ; some scandalous Reflections of one Le Neve on the Legislature, Courts of Justice, and Church of England, pag. 116, 117. and the Divinity of Chrift exprefly denied, in pag. 123, 124. With some scandalous Anecdotes, and a Narrative.]

-The same in duodecimo.

IV. Mr. Pope's Literary Correspondence, Vol. III.

Printed for E. Curll, 8°, 1735. [In this is only one Letter by Mr. Pope to the Duchess of Buckingham, which the publisher some way procured and printed against her order. It also contains four Letters, entitled, Mr. Pope's to Mifs Blount, which are literally taken from an old translation of Voiture's to Mad. Rambouillet.]

-The fame in duodecimo.

V. Mr. Pope's Literary Correspondence, Vol. IV..

Printed by the same, contains not one Letter of this Author.

The same in duodecimo.

VI. Mr. Pope's Literary Correspondence, Vol. V.

containing only one Letter of Mr. P. and another of the Lord B. with a scandalous preface of Surreptitious and Incorrect Editions, &c. ix Curll's, how he could come at more of their Letters, 8o, printed for the same, 1736.

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VII. Letters of Mr. Pope and several Eminent Per

sons, Vol. I. from 1705 to 1711. Printed and fold by the booksellers of London and Westminster, 89, 1735.

The same Vol. II. from 1711, &c. Printed and sold by the booksellers of London and Westminster, 89, 1735.–The same in 12mo, with a Narrative.

VIII. Letters of Mr. Pope and several Eminent

Persons. From 1705 to 1735. Printed and sold by the booksellers of London and Westminster, izmo, 1735

[This edition is said in the title to contain more Letters than any other, but contains only Two, said to be the Bishop of Rochester's, and printed before by Curll.)

IX. Letters of Mr. Pope and several Eminent Per

fons. From the year 1705 to 1735. Vol. I. and Vol. 11. Printed for T. Cooper, at the Globe in Pater-nofter Row, 1735, 12mo.

[In this was inserted the Forged Letter from the Bishop of Rochester, and some other things, un. known to Mr. Pope.]

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Prefixed to the First Genuine Edition

quarto, 1737


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F what is here offered the reader, should happen

in any degree to please him, the thanks are not due to the author, but partly to his friends, and partly to his enemies : it was wholly owing to the affection of the former, that so many Letters, of which he never kept copies, were preserv'd ; and to the malice of the latter, that they were produced in this manner.

He had been very disagreeably used, in the publication of some Letters written in his youth, which fell into the hands of a woman who printed them, without his or his correspondent's consent, in 1727. This treatment, and the apprehension of more of the same kind, put him upon recalling as many as he could from those who he imagined had kept any. He was sorry to find the number so great, but immediately lefsened it by burning three parts in four of them : the reft he spared, not in any preference of their style or writing, but merely as they preserv'd the memory of some friendships which will ever be dear to him, or set in a true light some matters of

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