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FAMILY OF MR. EDWARD BLOUNT, POPE'S FRIEND.

MR. EDWARD BLOUNT (who has hitherto been strangely confounded with Mr. Michael Blount of Maple-Durham, the brother of Teresa and Martha Blount) was of the Sodington branch of the illustrious family now represented by Sir Edward Blount, Bart. Sir Walter Blount, the zealous royalist in the time of Charles I., and the second Baronet of the family, after his release from the Tower, seems to have gone down to Blagdon-House, parish of Paignton, Devonshire, on a visit to his eldest son, George, afterwards Sir George Blount, who had married Mary, sole daughter and heiress of Sir William Kirkham of Blagdon, Knight. Here, in all probability, Sir Walter ended his days, for he was buried in Paignton church, 29th August, 1654.

Sir George Blount had various children :

1. Sir Walter Kirkham Blount, who died without issue at Ghent, in Flanders, May 12, 1717.

2. George (who died in 1732, aged 80) married first to Mary, d. of Henry Earl of Thomond, by whom he had no issue. Secondly, to Constantia, d. of Sir George Cary of Tor Abbey, Devonshire, by whom he had three sons and five daughters. Two of the sons died in infancy; the third, Edward, succeeded his uncle, Sir Walter Kirkham Blount, as fourth Baronet. Of his five daughters, 1, Constantia, m. Sir John Smyth, of Acton Burnell, in Salop. 2, Mary, m. Mr. Edward Dickenson of Wrightington in Lancashire; 3, 4, 5, Anne, Elizabeth and Catherine, all died at Cambray unmarried.

3. William Blount. [“Here lyeth the Body of William Blount, Esq., Third Sonne of Sir George Blount of Soddington, Baronet, who dyed in the 21 yeare of his age on yo 9th of May, 1671.”Inscription on flat stone in the Chancel of Binfield Church.]

4. EDWARD BLOUNT, the friend and correspondent of Pope. On the death of Sir George in 1667, the Devonshire property, acquired by his marriage with the heiress of Kirkham, was settled on his fourth son, Edward, who about the year 1700 married Ann, daughter of Sir John Guise of Rentcombe, Gloucestershire, Pope dates one of his letters to Mr. Blount from Rentcombe :

“Rentcombe in Gloucestershire, Oct. 3, 1721. “ Your kind letter has overtaken me here; for I have been in and about this country ever since your departure. I am well pleased to date this from a place so well known to Mrs. Blount, where I write as if I were dictated to by her ancestors, whose faces are all upon me. I fear none so much as Sir Christopher Guise, who, being in his shirt, seems as ready to combat me, as her own Sir John was to demolish Duke Lancaster. I dare say your lady will recollect his figure. I looked upon the mansion, walls, and terraces; the plantations, and slopes, which nature has made to command a variety of valleys and rising woods, with a veneration mixed with a pleasure, that represented her to me in those puerile amusements which en. gaged her so many years ago in this place. I fancied I saw her sober over a sampler, or gay over a jointed baby. I dare say she did one thing more, even in those early times ; *Remember her Creator in the days of her youth.””

By this lady Edward Blount had four daughters and no issue male. Pope in one of his letters to Martha Blount, mentions the marriage of Viscount Dunbar to the daughter of Lord Clifford, and states that one of the agents in the affair was Mr. Edward Blount, “who it was thought, might have provided for that noble Viscount much better out of his own family.” Mr. Blount's family, however, was amply, even nobly provided for. Elizabeth, his eldest daughter, was married in his lifetime in 1725 to the Hon. Hugh Clifford, who, upon the death of his father in 1730, became Lord Clifford. Mary, the second daughter, in November, 1727, married the Hon. Edward Howard, who, upon the death of his brother in 1732, became Duke of Norfolk. “She graced that high station,” says Sir Alexander Croke, “by the beauty and dignity of her person and the splendour of her wit and talents, and died in 1773.” Mrs. Edward Blount, widow of the poet's friend, went abroad with her two unmarried daughters and fixed her residence at Antwerp. In that city, Anne, the third daughter, took the veil in a convent of Ursulines, a religious order instituted chiefly for the education of young ladies. Though a foreigner, she was soon after elected Superior of the house, and by her talents and exertions she rendered the establishment one of the most celebrated convents for education in the Low Countries. She remained in that station till her death in 1779. Henrietta, the fourth daughter, was first married to Peter Proli, Esq., merchant, Antwerp, and after his decease to the Hon. Philip Howard, of Buckenham, Norfolk, younger brother of the above Edward Duke of Norfolk.

Mr. Edward Blount went abroad after the rebellion of 1715-6. He seems to have finally returned in 1723, and taken up his abode in his paternal residence at Blagdon. “I cannot deny,” says Pope, “but I have a mixture of envy to you all, for loving one another so well ; and for enjoying the sweets of that life which can only be tasted by people of good will.

"They from all shades the darkness can exclude,
And from a desert banish solitude.

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Torbay is a paradise, and a storm is but an amusement to such people. If you drink tea upon a promontory that overhangs the sea, it is preferable to an assembly; and the whistling of the wind better music to contented and loving minds, than the opera to spleenful, ambitious, diseased, distasteful, and distracted souls which this world affords.” The mansion-house of Blagdon, as we learn from Sir A. Croke's work, was situated at the foot of a hill which obstructed all view from it, but at a small distance, on the top of the hill, stood a summer-house which commanded a view of the beautiful harbour of Torbay. This spot was, no doubt, the tea-table promontory. Mr. Blount died in London, July 28, 1726, and his estate of Blagdon was sold for the benefit of his widow and daughters. Another portion of the Devonshire property, the manor of East Cornworthy, was sold by Mrs. Blount in 1739, to William Chalwiche, Esq., for £2,500. (Communicated by Dr. Oliver, Exeter, from the deed of sale.) This lady is described as a person of uncommon talents and acquirements. The Countess of Pomfret met her at Antwerp in 1741, and gives an interesting account of her sentiments and mode of life. She remained the rest of her life in the neighbourhood of Antwerp, and died July 16, 1752. Portraits of Mr. and Mrs. Blount are preserved at Thorndon Hall, Essex, the seat of Lord Petre.

VI.

LIST OF POPE'S WORKS.

We subjoin a list—the most complete we have been able to formof Pope's separate publications, with their respective dates. 1709. In Tonson's Miscellany, Part vi., January and May, from

Chaucer ; the Epistle of Sarpedon, from the 12th and 16th 1713. Narrative of Dr. Robert Norris, concerning the strange and

Books of Homer; and the Pastorals. 1711. Essay on Criticism (Anonymous). London: W. Lewis. 1712. In Lintot's Miscellany-The First Book of Statius's Thebais;

the Fable of Vertumnus and Pomona, from the 14th Book of Ovid's Metamorphoses ; to a Young Lady with the Works of Voiture; on Silence; to the author of a Poem entitled “Successio ;” and the Rape of the Lock (first draft of the poem, without author's name or dedication).

In Spectator, The Messiah, and Dying Christian to his Soul. 1713. Windsor Forest. London: B. Lintot.

Ode for Music on St. Cecilia's Day. Do.
Prologue to Addison's Cato, published with Tragedy.

deplorable Frenzy of J. D. (John Dennis.) Lintot.

Eight papers in the Guardian. 1714. The Rape of the Lock, with Additions. (Enlarged to five

cantos, with machinery and dedication.) Lintot.
Temple of Fame. Lintot.
In Poetical Miscellany by Steele, The Wife of Bath, from
Chaucer; the Arrival of Ulysses at Ithaca, part of the 13th
Book of the Odyssey; and the Gardens of Alcinoüs, part of

7th Book. 1715. A Key to the Lock, or a Treatise proving beyond all contra

diction, the dangerous tendency of a late poem entitled “The
Rape of the Lock" to Religion and Government. By Esdras
Barnevelt, Apoth. Lintot.
Translation of the Iliad, Vol. i., containing the four first books,

with Preface, Essay, and Observations. Lintot. 1716. Second Vol. of the Iliad. 1717. The Works of Mr. Alexander Pope. Lintot. (A very hand

some vol., both in folio and quarto, printed by Bowyer for Lintot. The Epistle of Eloisa to Abelard first appeared in this collection.)

Third Vol, of the Iliad. 1718-20. Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Vols. of the Iliad. 1721. Select Works of Parnell, inscribed in Poetical Epistle to the

Earl of Oxford.
Verses on Mr. Addison's Dialogues on Medals, first printed in
Tickell's edit. of Addison's Works.

Edition of Shakspear, Six vols. 4to. Tonson. 1725. Translation of the Odyssey, 5 vols. 4to. Lintot. 1727. Miscellanies by Pope, Swift, and Gay, Two vols. (Two more

vols. were afterwards added.) B. Motte. 1728. The Dunciad, an Heroic Poem in Three Books. Dublin

printed. Reprinted for A. Dodd. (no earlier edition has

been found.) 1729. The Dunciad, with Notes Variorum, &c., 4to and 8vo. Law

ton Gilliver.

Correspondence with Wycherley. L. Gilliver. 1731. Of Taste, An Epistle to the Right Hon. Ri rd, Earl of

Burlington, occasioned by his publishing Palladio's Designs of the Baths, Arches, Theatres, &c. of Ancient Rome. L. Gil. liver. (The title of this epistle was afterwards altered to “Of False Taste;" and again to “Of the Use of Riches."

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1732. Of the Use of Riches. An Epistle to the Right Hon. Allen

Lord Bathurst. L. Gilliver.
An Essay on Man. Addressed to a Friend. Part I. (Anon-
ymous) J. Welford. (The 2nd and 3rd parts were also pub-
lished anonymously. “At last,” as Johnson says, “in 1734,
he avowed the fourth part and claimed the honour of a moral

poet.") 1733. The First Satire of the Second Book of Horace, Imitated in a

Dialogue between Alexander Pope of Twickenham in Coun.
Midd. Esq., on the one hand, and his Learned Counsel on the
other. A. Dodd.
An Epistle to the Right Hon. Lord Viscount Cobham. L.

Gilliver. 1734. An Epistle from Mr. Pope to Dr. Arbuthnot. L. Gilliver. 1735. A Sermon against Adultery ; being Sober Advice from Horace

to the Young Gentlemen about Town, as delivered in his Second
Sermon. Imitated in the manner of Mr. Pope. Printed for
T. Boreman, at the Cock on Ludgate Hill. (Included also in
small edit. of Pope's Works, 1738, by R. Dodsley and T. Cooper.)
The Second Satire of the Second Book of Horace. L. Gilliver.
(Printed along with a reprint of the First Satire of the Second
Book.)
On the Characters of Women. An Epistle to a Lady, by Mr.
Pope. L. Gilliver.
The Works of Mr. Alexander Pope, Vol. II. L. Gilliver.
(In folio and quarto, the same as the 1st vol. of Poetical
Works, published by Lintot. In this 2nd vol. the version of
Donne's Satires was published.)
Mr. Pope's Literary Correspondence for Thirty Years, from

1704 to 1734. (Curll's surreptitious edition.) 1737. The Works of Mr. Alexander Pope in Prose. R. Dodsley.

(This is Pope's edition of his Correspondence published in
folio and quarto to range with Poetical Works.)
The First Epistle of the First Book of Horace, Imitated by Mr.
Pope. R. Dodsley and T. Cooper.
The Sixth Epistle of the First Book of Horace, Imitated by
Mr. Pope. L. Gilliver.
The First Epistle of the Second Book of Horace, Imitated by
Mr. Pope. T. Cooper.
The Second Epistle of the Second Book of Horace, Imitated by
Mr. Pope. Dodsley.
Horace; his Ode to Venus, Lib. IV. Ode I. Imitated by Mr.
Pope. J. Wright and J. Roberts.

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