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rery precepts themselves." He then produces some should most admire the justness to the original, or instances of a particular beauty in the numbers, and the force and beauty of the language, or the sounding concludes with saying, that 'there are three poems in variety of the numbers : but when I find all these our tongue of the same nature, and each a master- meet, it puts me in mind of what the poet says of piece in its kind! the Essay on Translated Verse; the one of his heroes, “That he alone raised and Aung Essay on the Art of Poetry; and the Essay on Criti- with ease a weighty stone, that two common men eisin.'
could not lift from the ground ; just so, one single Of Windsor Forest, positive is the judgment of the person has performed in this translation, what I once affirmative.
despaired to have seen done by the force of several Mr. John Dennis,
masterly hands.' Indeed the same gentleman appears That it is a wretched rhapsody, impudently writ in to have changed his sentiment in his Essay on the Art emulation of the Cooper's Hill of sir John Denham : of Sinking in Reputation, (printed in Mist's Journal, the author of it is obscure, is ambiguous, is affected, March 30, 1728,) where he says thus: 'In order to is temerarious, is barbarous !2
sink in reputation, let him take it into his head to de. But the author of the Dispensary,
scend into Homer (let the world wonder, as it will,
how the devil he got there,) and pretend to do him Dr. Garth,
into English, so his version denote his neglect of the in the preface to his poem of Claremont, differs from manner how.' Strange variation! We are told in this opinion : ‘Those who have seen these two excellent poems of Cooper's Hill, and Windsor Forest,
Mist's Journal, (June 8,) the one written by sir John Denham, the other by That this translation of the Iliad was not in all reMr. Pope, will show a great deal of candour if they spects conformable to the fine taste of his friend Mr. approve of this.'
Addison; insomuch that he employed a younger muse Of the Epistle of Eloïsa, we are told by the obscure in an undertaking of this kind, which he supervised writer of a poem called Sawney, “That because himself.' Whether Mr. Addison did find it conformPrior's Henry and Emma charmed the finest tastes, able to his taste, or not, best appears from his own our author writ his Eloïsa in opposition to it; but for- testimony the year following its publication, in these got innocence and virtue. If you take away her ten- words : der thoughts, and her fierce desires, all the rest is of no value. In which, methinks, his judgment resem.
Mr. Addison's Freeholder, No. 40. bleth that of a French tailor on a villa and garden by
"When I consider myself a British freeholder, I the Thames : : All this is very fine; but take away the am in a particular manner pleased with the labours river, and it is good for nothing.'
of those who have improved our language with But very contrary hereunto was the opinion of
the translations of old Greek and Latin authors.-
We have already most of their historians in our own Mr. Prior,
tongue, and, what is more for the honour of our lanhimself, saying in his Alma."
guage, it has been taught to express with elegance O Abelard ! ill-fated youth,
the greatest of their poets in each nation. The ilThy tale will justify this truth :
literate among our own countrymen may learn to But well I weet, thy cruel wrong
judge from Dryden's Virgil, of the most perfect epic Adorns a nobler poet's song:
performance. And those parts of Homer which Dan Pope, for thy misfortune grieved,
have been published already by Mr. Pope, gives us With kind concern and skill has weaved
reason to think that the Iliad will appear in English A silken web; and ne'er shall fade
with as little disadvantage to that immortal poem.' Its colours; gently has he laid
As to the rest, there is a slight mistake; for this The mantle o'er thy sad distress,
younger muse was an elder; nor was the gentleman And Venus shall the texture bless,' &c.
(who is a friend of our author) employed by Mr. Ad
dison to translate it after him, since he saith himself Come we now to his translation of the Iliad, cele that he did it before.! Contrariwise, that Mr. Adbrated by numerous pens; yet shall it suffice to men- dison engaged our author in this work appeareth by lion the indefatigable
declaration thereof in the preface to the Iliad, printed
some time before his death, and by his own letters of Sir Richard Blackmore, Knt.
October 26, and November 2, 1713, where he declares who (though otherwise a severe censurer of our au- it is his opinion that no other person was equal to it. thor) yet styleth this a 'laudable translation.' That Next comes his Shakspeare on the stage: 'Let him teady writer
(quoth one, whom I take to be Mr. Oldmison,
Mr. Theobald, Mist's Journal, June 8, 1728,) in his forernentioned Essay, frequently commends the publish such an author as he has least studied, and same. And the painful
forget to discharge even the dull duty of an editor. In
this project let him lend the bookseller his name (for Mr. Lewis Theobald thus extols it, “The spirit of Homer breathes all an exorbitant subscription." Gentle reader, be pleased
a competent sum of money) to promote the credit of through this translation. I am in doubt, whether 1 to cast thine eye on the proposal below quoted, and 1 Spectator, No. 253.
on what follows (some months after the former asLetter to B. B. at the end of the Remarks, on Pope's sertion) in the same Journalist of June 8: “The book. Homer, 1717.
3 Printed 1728, p. 12. 4 Alma, Cani 2. 5 In his Essays, vol. i. printed for E. Curll.
1 Vid. Pref. to Mr. Tickell's translation of the first 6 Censor, vol. ii. n. 33.
book of the Iliad, 4to.
seller proposed the book by subscription, and raised | hand to Mr. Addison himself, and never made public, some thousands of pounds for the same: I believe till after their own Journals, and Curll had printed the gentleman did not share in the profits of this ex- the same. One name alone, which I am here autravagant subscription.'
thorized to declare, will sufficiently evince this truth, • After the Iliad, he undertook (saith
that of the right honourable the earl of Burlington.
Next is he taxed with a crime (in the opinion of Mist's Journal, June 8, 1728,)
some authors, I doubt, more heinous than any in mothe sequel of that work, the Odyssey; and having se- rality,) to wit, plagiarism, from the inventive and cured the success by a numerous subscription, he em- quaint-conceited ployed some underlings to perform what, according to his proposals, should come from his own hands.'
James Moore Smith, Gent. To which heavy charge we can in truth oppose 'Upon reading the third volume of Pope's Miscelnothing but the words of
lanies, I found five lines which I thought excellent;
and happening to praise them, a gentleman produced Mr. Pope's Proposal for the Odyssey, ( printed by J. a modern comedy (the Rival Modes) published last Watts, Jan. 10, 1724 :)
year, where were the same verses to a tittle. 'I take this occasion to declare that the subscrip *These gentlemen are undoubtedly the first plagiation for Shakspeare belongs wholly to Mr. Tonson : ries, that pretend to make a reputation by stcaling and that the benefit of this proposal is not solely for from a man's works in his own life-time, and out of a my own use, but for that of two of my friends, who public print.' Let us join to this what is written by have assisted me in this work.' But these very gen- the author of the Rival Modes, the said Mr. James tlemen are extolled above our poet himself in another Moore Smith, in a letter to our author himself, who of Mist's Journals, March 30, 1728, saying, “That he had informed him a month before that play was would not advise Mr. Pope to try the experiment acted, Jan. 27, 1726-7, that, “These verses, which he again of getting a great part of a book done by as- had before given him leave to insert in it, would be sistants, lest those extraneous parts should unhappily known for his, some copies being got abroad. He ascend to the sublime, and retard the declension of desires, nevertheless, that since the lines had been the whole. Behold! these underlings are become read in his comedy to several, Mr. P. would not degood writers !
prive it of them,' &c. Surely, if we add the testimo. If any say, that before the said Proposals were nies of the lord Bolingbroke, of the lady to whom printed, the subscription was begun without declara- the said verses were originally addressed, of Hugh tion of such assistance; verily those who set it on Bethel, esq. and others, who knew them as our aufoot, or (as the term is) secured it, to wit, the right thor's long before the said gentleman composed his honourable the lord viscount Harcourt, were he living, play, it is hoped, the ingenuous, that affect not error, would testify, and the right honourable the lord Ba- will rectify their opinion by the suffrage of so hothurst, now living, doth testify, the same is a falsehood. (nourable personages.
Sorry I am, that persons professing to be learned, And yet followeth another charge, insinuating no or of whatever rank of authors, should either falsely less than his enmity both to church and state, which tax, or be falsely taxed. Yet let us, who are only re- could come from no other informer than the said porters, be impartial in our citations, and proceed.
Mr. James Moore Smith.
«The Memoirs of a Parish Clerk was a very dull •Mr. Addison raised this author from obscurity, ob- and unjust abuse of a person who wrote in defence tained him the acquaintance and friendship of the of our religion and constitution, and who has been whole body of our nobility, and transferred his pow-dead many years.' This seemeth also most untrue; erful interests with those great men to this rising it being known to divers that these memoirs were bard, who frequently levied by that means unusual written at the seat of the lord Harcourt, in Oxfordcontributions on the public.' Which surely cannot shire, before that excellent person (bishop Burnet's) be, if, as the author of the Dunciad Dissected report- death, and many years before the appearance of that eth, Mr. Wycherley had before 'introduced him into history, of which they are pretended to be an abuse. a familiar acquaintance with the greatest peers and Most true it is, that Mr. Moore had such a design, brightest wits then living.
and was bimself the man who pressed Dr. Arbuthnot “No sooner (saith the same journalist) was his body and Mr. Pope to assist him therein; and that he borlifeless, but this author, reviving his resentment, libel- rowed those memoirs of our author, when that history led the memory of his departed friend; and what was came forth, with intent to turn them to such abuse. still more heinous, made the scandal public.' Griev. But being able to obtain from our author but one sinous the accusation! unknown the accuser! the per-gle hint, and either changing his mind, or having more son accused no witness in his own cause; the person, mind than ability, he contented himself to keep the in whose regard accused, dead! But if there be liv- said memoirs, and read them as his own to all his ac ing any one nobleman whose friendship, yea any one quaintance. A noble person there is, into whose gentleman whose subscription Mr. Addison procured company Mr. Pope once chanced to introduce him, to our author, let him stand forth, that truth may ap- who well remembereth the conversation of Mr. pear! Amicus Plato, amicus Socrates, sed magis Moore to have turned upon the contempt he had for amica veritas. In verity, the whole story of the libel the work of that reverend prelate, and how full he is a lie; witness those persons of integrity, who se- was of a design he declared himself to have, of exveral years before Mr. Addison's decease, did see and approve of the said verses, in no wise a libel, but
1 Daily Journal, March 18, 1798. a friendly rebuke sent privately in our author's own! 2 Daily Journal, April 3, 1728.
posing it.' This noble person is the earl of Peter Now fired by Pope and virtue, leave the age borough.
In low pursuit of self-undoing wrong, Here in truth should we crave pardon of all the And trace the author through his moral page, foresaid right honourable and worthy personages, for
Whose blameless life still answers to his song.' having mentioned them in the same page with such weekly riff-raff railers and rhymers; but that we had
Mr. Thomson, their ever-honoured commands for the same; and in his elegant and philosophical poem the Seasons : that they are introduced not as witnesses in the con * Although not sweeter his own Homer sings, roversy, but as witnesses that cannot be controvert Yet is his life the more endearing song.' ed; not to dispute, but to decide.
To the same tune also singeth that learned clerk, of Certain it is, that dividing our writers into two Suffolk, classes, of such who were acquaintance, and of such
Mr. William Broome: who were strangers to our author; the former are
“Thus, nobly rising in fair virtue's cause, those who speak well, and the other those who speak
From thy own life transcribe the unerring lawg.' evil of him. Of the first class, the most noble
And, to close all, hear the reverend dean of St. John Duke of Buckingham
Patrick's : sums up his character in these lines :
*A soul with every virtue fraught,
By patriots, priests, and poets taught : * And yet so wondrous, so sublime a thing,
Whose filial piety excels As the great Iliad, scarce could make me sing,
Whatever Grecian story tells. Unless I justly could at once commend
A genius for each business fit ; A good companion, and as firm a friend;
Whose meanest talent is his wit,' &c. One moral, or a mere well-natured deed,
Let us now recreate thee by turning to the other Can all desert in sciences exceed."
side, and showing his character drawn by those with So also is he deciphered by
whom he never conversed, and whose countenances The Hon. Simon Harcourt.
he could not know, though turned against him : First
again commencing with the high-voiced and never'Say, wondrous youth, what column wilt thou choose, What laurell'd arch, for thy triumphant muse?
enough quoted Though each great ancient court thee to his shrine,
Mr. John Dennis, Though every laurel through the dome be thine, who, in his Reflections on the Essay on Criticism, Go to the good and just, an awful train!
thus describeth him: 'A little affected hypocrite, who Thy soul's delight-2
has nothing in his mouth but candour, truth, friendRecorded in like manner for his virtuous disposi- ship, good-nature, humanity, and magnanimity. He tion, and gentle bearing, by the ingenious
is so great a lover of falsehood, that whenever he
has a mind to calumniate his contemporaries, he Mr. Waller Hart,
brands them with some defect which was just conin this apostrophe:
trary to some good quality for which all their friends Oh! ever worthy, ever crown'd with praise ! and acquaintance commend them. He seems to Bless'd in thy life, and bless'd in all thy laya, have a particular pique to people of quality, and auAdd, that the Sisters every thought refine, thors of that rank. He must derive his religion from And e'en thy life be faultless as thy line,
St. Omer's. But in the character of Mr. P. and his Yet envy still with fiercer rage pursues,
writings (printed by S. Popping, 1716) he saith, Obscures the virtue, and defames the muse. 'Though he is a professor of the worst religion, yet A soul like thine, in pain, in grief, resign'd, he laughs at it;' but that 'nevertheless he is a viruViews with just scorn the malice of mankind."? lent papist; and yet a pillar of the church of Eng. The witty and moral satirist,
Of both which opinions Dr. Eduard Young, wishing some check to the corruption and evil man
Mr. Louis Theobald ners of the times, calleth out upon our poet to under- seems also to be ; declaring in Mist's Journal of June take a task so worthy of his virtue :
22, 1718, “That if he is not shrewdly abused, he made 'Why slumbers Pope, who leads the Muses' train,
it his practice to cackle to both parties in their own Nor hears that virtue, which he loves, complain ??4
sentiments.' But as to his pique against people of
quality, the same journalist doth not agree, but saith Mr. Mallet,
(May 8, 1728,) • Ile had by some means or other, the in his cpistle on Verbal Criticism :
acquaintance and friendship of the whole body of our Whose life, severely scann'd, transcenas his lays;
nobility.' For wit supreme, is but his second praise.'
However contradictory this may appear, Mr. Den
nis and Gildon, in the character last cited, make it Mr. Ilammond,
all plain, by assuring us, “That he is a creature that that delicate and correct imitator of Tibullus, in his reconciles all contradictions: he is a beast, and a Love Elegies, Elegy xiv.
man; a Whig and a Tory; a writer (at one and the
same time) of Guardians and Examiners ;2 an asserI Verses to Mr. P. on his translation of Homer.
tor of liberty, and of the dispensing power of kings; a 2 Porin prefixed to his works. 3 In his poems, printed for B. Lintot.
1 In his poems at the end of the Odyssey. 4 C'niversal Passion, sat. I.
2 The names of two woekly papers
Jesuitical professor of truth ; a base and foul pre
Mr. Oldmizon tender to candour.' So that, upon the whole account, calls him a great master of our tongue ; declares the we must conclude him either to have been a great purity and perfection of the English language to be hypocrite, or a very honest man; a terrible impostor found in his Homer; and, saying there are more good upon both parties, or very moderate to either. verses in Dryden's Virgil than in any other work, ex.
Be it as to the judicious reader shall seem good. cept this of our author only.'' Sure it is, he is little favoured of certain authors, whose wrath is perilous : for one declares he ought The Author of a Letter to Mr. Cibber to have a price set on his head, and to be hunted says : 'Pope was so good a versifier Conce) that, his down as a wild beast. Another protests that he predecessor Mr. Dryden, and his contemporary Mr. does not know what may happen ; advises him to Prior excepted, the harmony of his numbers is equal insure his person ; says he has bitter enemies, and to any body's. And, that he had all the merit that a expressly declares it will be well if he escapes with man can have that way.'? And his life. One desires he would cut his own throat, or hang himself. But Pasquin seemed rather inclin
Mr. Thomas Cooke, ed it should be done by the government, representing after much blemishing our author's Ilomer, crieth him engaged in grievous designs with a lord of par- out : liament then under prosecution. Mr. Dennis himself * But in his other works what beauties shine, hath written to a minister, that he is one of the most While sweetest music dwells in every line! dangerous persons in this kingdom ;5 and assureth These he admired, on these he stamp'd his praise, the public, that he is an open and mortal enemy to And bade them live to brighten future days.'3 his country; a monster that will one day show as So also one who takes the name of daring a soul as a mad Indian, who runs a-muck to kill the first Christian he meets. 6 Another gives in
H. Stanhope, formation of treason discovered in his poem.? Mr. the maker of certain verses to Duncan Campbell,' ir Curll boldly supplies an imperfect verse with kings that poem, which is wholly a satire upon Mr. Pope, and princesses :s and one Matthew Concanen, yet confesseth, more impudent, publishes at length the two most sac
“'Tis true, if finest notes alone could show red names in this nation, as members of the Dunciad !
(Tuned justly high, or regularly low) This is prodigious ! yet it is almost as strange, that
That we should fame to these mere vocals give; in the midst of these invectives his greatest enemies
Pope more than we can offer should receive: have (I know not how) borne testimony to some merit
For when some gliding river is his theme, in him.
His lines run smoother than the smoothest stream,' t; Mr. Theobald,
&c. in censuring his Shakspeare, declares, . He has so
Mist's Journal, June 8, 1728. great an esteem for Mr. Pope, and so high an opinion Although he says, ' The smooth numbers of the Dunof his genius and excellences, that, notwithstanding ciad are all that recommend it, nor has it any other he professes a veneration almost rising to idolatry for merit ;' yet that same paper hath these words : “The the writings of this inestimable poet, he would be author is allowed to be a perfect master of an easy very loath even to do him justice, at the expence of and elegant versification. In all his works we i that other gentleman's character.'10
the most happy turns, and natural similes, wonderli
ly short and thick sown.' Mr. Charles Gildon,
The Essay on the Dunciad also owns, p. 25, it after having violently attacked him in many pieces, very full of beautiful images. But the panegyri at last came to wish from his heart, “That Mr. Pope which crowns all that can be said on this poem, would be prevailed upon to give us Ovid's Epistles bestowed by our laureate, by his hand; for it is certain we see the original of Sappho to Phaon with much more life and likeness
Mr. Colley Cibber, in bis version, than in that of sir Car Scrope. And who "grants it to be a better poem of its kind that this (he adds) is the more to be wished, because in ever was writ;' but adus, 'it was a victory over i the English tongue we have scarcely any thing truly parcel of poor wretches, whom it was almost con and naturally written upon love.!! He also, in taxing ardice to conquer.--A man might as well triumph for sir Richard Blackmore for his heterodox opinions of having killed so many silly thies that offended hille Homer, challengeth him to answer what Mr. Pope Could he have let them alone, by this time, poor souls hath said in his preface to that poet.
they had all been buried in oblivion.'s Here we see
our excellent laureate allows the justice of the sale 1 Theobald, Letter in Mist's Journal, June 22, 1728. on every man in it, but himselt; us the great va Smedley, pref, to Gulliveriana, p. 14, 16'.
Dennis did before hun. 3 Gulliveriana, p. 332 4 Anno 1723. 5 Anno 1729.
O Preface to Rom. on the Rap vi the Lock, p. 12; and The said in th. last page of that treatine. 7 Page 6, 7, of the Preface, by Concanen, to a book
Mr. Dennis and Mr. Gildon, called, A Collection of all thLetters, Essays, Verses in the most furious of all their words (the forecited and Advertisements, occasioned by Pope and Swift's Miscellanies. Printed for A. Moore, Evo. 1712. 8 key to the Dunciad. 31 edit p 18.
1 In his prose Essay on Criticisin. 9 A list of Persons, &c. at the end of the foremen 2 Printed by J. Roberts, 1742, p. 11. tioned Collection of all the Letters, Essays, &c.
3 Baltie of the Prxts, folio, p. 15. 10 Introduction to his Shakspeare Restored, in 4to.p 3. 4 Printed under the title of the Progress of Dulness,
11 Commentary on the Duke of Buckingham's Essay, 12mo, 17:18 Svo, 1721, p. 97, 98.
5 Cibbero letier to Mr. Popr. p. 9. 12.
Character, p. 5) do in concert confess, that some Otway, and others) have received from this country, men of good understanding value him for his rhymes.' for these last hundred years, I should shift the scene, And (p. 17) that he has got, like Mr. Bayes in the and show all that penury changed at once to riot Rehearsal, (that is, like Mr. Dryden,) a notable knack and profuseness; and more squadered away upon at rhyrning, and writing smooth verse.'
one object, than would have satisfied the greater part On his Essay on Man, numerous were the praises of those extraordinary men; the reader to whom this bestowed by his avowed enemies, in the imagination one creature should be unknown, would fancy him a that the same was not written by him, as it was print- prodigy of art and nature, would believe that all the ed anonymously.
great qualities of these persons were centered in him Thus sang of it even
alone. But if I should venture to assure him, that
the people of England had made such a choice--the Bezaleel Morris :
reader would either believe me a malicious enemy, Anspicious bard! while all admire thy strain, and slanderer, or that the reign of the last (Queen Al but the selfish, ignorant, and vain;
Anne's) ministry was designed by fate to encourage 1,wbom no bribe to servile flattery drew,
fools." Must pay the tribute to thy merit due:
But it happens that this our poet never had any Thy mise sublime, significant, and clear, place, pension, or gratuity, in any shape, from the Alike informs the soul, and charms the ear,' &c. said glorious queen, or any of her ministers. All he
owed, in the whole course of his life, to any court, And
was a subscription for his Homer, of £200, from King Mr. Leonard Welstead
George I. and £100 from the prince and princess. thus wrote to the unknown author, on the first pub However, lest we imagine our author's success lication of the said Essay; 'I must own, asier the re- was constant and universal, they acquaint us of cerception which the vilest and most immoral ribaldry tain works in a less degree of repute, whereof, alhath lately met with, I was surprised to see what I though owned by others, yet do they assure us he is bad long despaired, a performance deserving the name the writer of this sort Mr. Dennis: ascribes to him
of a poet. Such, sir, is your work. It is, indeed, two farces, whose names he does not tell, but assures above all commendation, and ought to have been pub- us that there is not one jest in them; and an imitation ished in an age and country more worthy of it. If of Horace, whose title he does not mention, but as
my testimony be of weight any where, you are sure sures us it is much more execrable than all his works.3 to have it in the amplest manner,' &c. &c. &c. The Daily Journal, May 11, 1728, assures us, 'He is Thus we see every one of his works hath been ex. writer thinks) the Marriage-Hater Matched, and the
below Tom Durfey in the drama, because (as that tolled by one or other of his most inveterate enemies : Boarding School, are better than the What-d'ye-calland to the success of them all they do unanimously it ;' which is not Mr. P.'s, but Mr. Gay’s. Mr. Gilgive testimony. But it is sufficient in star omnium, to behold the great critic, Mr. Dennis, sorely lamenting he was writing a play of the Lady Jane Grey:' but it
don assures us, in his New Rehearsal, p. 48, “That k, even from the Essay on Criticism to this day of the
afterwards proved to be Mr. Rowe's. We are assurDanciad! 'A most notorious instance (quoth he) of
ed by another, * He wrote a pamphlet called Dr. Anthe depravity of genius and taste, the approbation this drew Tripe;"4' which proved to be one Dr. Wagstaff's.
say meets with.3–I can safely affirm, that I never Mr. Theobald assures us, in Mist of the 27th of April, eri tacked any of these writings, unless they had suc- " That the treatise of the Profound is very dull, and ress infinitely beyond their merit. This
, though an that Mr. Pope is the author of it.' The writer of i empty, bas been a popular scribbler. The epidemic Gulliveriana is of another opinion ; and says, “The raadness of the times has given him reputation.S— If
, whole, or greatest part
, of the merit of this treatise ifter the cruel treatment so many extraordinary men must and can only be ascribed to Gulliver.5 (Here, Spenser, lord Bacon, Ben Jonson, Milton, Butler, gentle reader! cannot I but smile at the strange blind. 1 In concert] Hear how Mr. Dennis hath proved our
ness and positiveness of men ? knowing the said mistake in this case : * As to my writing in concert with treatise to appertain to none other but to me, MarMr. Gildon, I declare upon the honour and word of a tinus Scriblerus.) entleman, that I never wrote so much as one line in
We are assured, in Mist of June 8th, "That his own oncert with any one man whatsoever. And these two flers from Gildon will plainly show, that we are not plays and farces would better have adorned the Dun. Writere in concert with each other.
ciad, than those of Mr. Theobald ; for he had neither "Sir,
The height of my ambition is to please men of the genius for tragedy nor comedy.' Which whether best judgment; and, finding that I have entertained my true or not, it is not easy to judge; in as much as he master agreeably, I have the extent of the reward of my had attempted neither. Unless we will take it for labour."
granted, with Mr. Cibber, that his being once very "I had not the opportunity of hearing of your excellent angry at hearing a friend's play abused, was an infalpamphlet till this day. I am infinitely satisfied and lible proof the play was his own; the said Mr. Cib
rased with it, and hope you will meet with that en ber thinking it impossible for a man to be much conburagement your admirable performance deserves, &c.
cerned for any but himself: - Now let any man judge
"CH GILDON." Now is it not plain, that any one who sends such (saith he) by his concern, who was the true mother of oonpliments to another, has not been used to write in the child.'6 partnership with him to whom he sends them? Dennis, Branarks on the Dunciad, p 50. Mr. Deonis is there.
But from all that has been said, the dine bing Die Welcome to take this piece to himself. 2 in a letter under bis own hand, dated March 12, 1733. 3 Dennis, Preface to his Reflections on the Essay on 1 Rem. on Homer. p. 8. 9.
2 Ib. p. 8. 3 Character of Mr. Pope, p. 7.
4 lb. p. 6. 4 Preface to his Remarks on Homer.
5 Gulliv. p. 336. 6 Cibber's Lettere to Mr. P. p. 19. Y