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carry'd to the Grave by fix of the poorest Men of the Parish, to each of whom I order a Suit of grey coarse Cloth, as Mourning. If I happen to die at any inconvenient Distance, let the fame be done in any other Parish, and the Inscription be added on the Monument at Twickenham. I hereby make and appoint my particular Friends, Allen Lord Bathursi, Hugh Earl of Marchmont, the Honourable William Murray, his Majesty's Solicitor General, and George Arbuthnet, of the Court of Exchequer, Esq; the Survivors or Survivor of them, Executors of this my Last Will and Testament.
But all the Manuscript and unprinted Papers which I shall leave at my Decease, I defire may be deliver'd to my noble Friend, Henry St. John, Lord Bolingbroke, to whose sole Care and Judgment I commit them, either to be preserv'd or destroy'd; or, in Cafe he shall not survive me, to the abovefaid Earl of Marchmont. These, who in the Course of my Life have done me all other good Offices, will not refuse me this last after my Death: I leave them therefore this Trouble, as a Mark of my Trust and Friendship; only desiring them each to accept of fome small Memorial of me: That my Lord Bolingbroke will add to his Library all the Volumes of my Works and Tranflations of Homer, bound in red Morocco, and the Eleven Volumes of those of Erasmus : That my Lord Marchmont will take the large Paper Edition of Thuanus by Buckley, or that Portrait of Lord Bolingbroke by Richardson ; which he shall prefer: That my Lord Bathurst will find a place for the three Statues of the Hercules of Furnese, the Ver nus of Medicis, and the Apollo in Chiaro obscuro, done by Kneller: That Mr. Murray will accept of the Marble Head of Homer by Bernini, and of Sir Isaac Newton by Guelfi ; and that Mr. Arbuthnot will take
the Watch I commonly wore, which the King of Sardinia gave to the late Earl of Peterborow, and he to me on his Death-Bed, together with one of the Pictures of Lord Bolingbroke.
Item, I desire Mr. Lyttelton to accept of the Bults of Spencer, Shakespear, Milton, and Dryden, in Marble, which his Royal Master the Prince was pleas’d to give me. I give and devise my Library of printed Books to Ralph Allen, of IVidcombe, Efq; and to the Reverend Mr. William Warburton, or to the Survivor of them ; when those belonging to Lord Bolingbroke are taken out, and when Mrs. Martha Blount has chosen Threescore out of the Number. I also give and bequeath to the faid Mr. Warburton the Property of all such of my Works already printed, as he hath written, or shall write Commentaries or Notes upon, and which I have not otherwise disposed of, or alienated; and all the Profits which Thall arife after my Death from such Additions, as he shall publish without future Alterations.
Item, In cafe Ralph Allen, Esq; abovesaid, thall survive me, I order my Executors to pay him the Sum of One hundred and fifty Pounds; being to the best of my Calculation, the Account of what I have received from him ; partly for my own, and partly for charitable Ules. If he refuse to take this hiinself, I defire him to employ it in a Way I am perswaded he will not dislike, to the Benefit of the Bath-Hofpital.
Igive and devise to my Sister-in-law, Mrs. Magdalen Racket, the Sum of Three hundred Pounds; and to her Sons, Henry and Robert Racket, One hundred Pounds each. I also release, and give to her all my Right and Interest in and upon a Bond of Five hundred Pounds due to me from her Son Michael. I also give her the Family Pictures of my Father, VOL. II. Сс
Mother and Aunts, and the Diamond Ring my Mother wore, and her Golden Watch. I give to Erasmus Lewis, Gilbert Weft, Sir Clement Cotterell, Villiam Rollinfon, Nathaniel Hook, Esqrs. and to Mrs. Anne Arbuthnot, each the Sum of Five Pounds, to be laid out in a Ring, or any Memorial of me; and to my Servant John Searle, who has faithfully and ably serv'd me many Years, "I give, and devise the Sum of One hundred Pounds over and above a Year's Wages to himfelf and his Wife; and to the Poor of the Parish of Twickenham, Twenty Pounds to be divided amongst them by the said John Searle ; and it is my Will, if the faid John Searle, die before me, that the same Sum of One hundred Pounds go to his Wife or Children.
Item, I give, and devise to Mrs. Martha Blount, younger Daughter of Mrs. Martha Blount, late of IVelbeck-Street, Cavendish-Square, the Sum of One thoufand Pounds immediately on my Decease; and - all the Furniture of my Grotto, Urns in my Garden, Household Goods, Chattels, Plate, or whatever is not otherwise disposed of in this my Will, I give and devife to the said Mrs. Martha Blount, out of a fincere Regard, and long Friendship for her : And it is my Will, that my abovefaid Executors, the Survivors or Survivor of them, shall take an Account of all my. Eftates, Money, or Bonds, &c. and after paying my Debts and Legacies, shall place out all my Residue upon Government, or other Securities, according to their best Judgments, and
pay the Produce thereof, half-yearly, to the faid Mrs. Martha Blount, during her natural Life: And after her Decease, I give the Sum of One thousand Pounds to Mrs. Magdalen Racket, and her Sons Robert, Henry, and John, to be divided equally among them, or to the Survivors or Survivor of them; and after
the Decease of the said Mrs. Martha Blount, I give the Sum of Two hundred Pounds to the abovelaid Gilbert Weft two hundred to Mr. George Arbuthnot ; two hundred to his Sifter, Mrs. Anne Arbuthnot; and One hundred to my Servant, John Searle, to which soever of these shall be then ţiving : And all the Residue and Remainder to be considered as undisposed of, and go to my next of Kin. This is my last Will and Testament, written with my own Hand, and sealed with my Seal, this Twelfth Day of December, in the Year of our Lord, One thoufand, seven hundred and forty-three.
A LEX. POPE.
The Affairs of his Estate being thus settled, he never gave himself further Thoughts about them, but with a singular Calmness of Mind, bore the increasing Pains of his Distemper, and follow'd the Advice he himself had before given, in all States and under all Doubts or Difficulties whatever to submit, not that it is to be wonder'd at so much in him, whose whole Life' was one continued Suffeting, and whole particular Study had been to make himfélf as easy as poffible under all the Difpenfations of Providence.
Thus he continued for fome Times at length the Symptoms of his Disorder began to change, tho' his Senfes remain'd with him to the last, and on the 30th of May, in the Year of our Lord, 1744, he died at Twickenham, and is buried in the Parith Church there, with his Father and Mother, acçorting to the Direction of his Will. 19,
It is observable, that the Legacies are very inconfiderable which Mr. Pope has left from Mrs. Blount, which he acknowledges to be her's in Right, out of a fincere Regard and long Friendship for her, and not till after ber Death' thinks he has a Right to dif
pose of his Eftate; but then after some Legacies, to the Amountof 1700-l. he makes it return to his own Relations, considers it as undispos’d of, and it goes to the next of Kin. "He never mentions Mrs. Blount in any of his Writings but with great Tenderness, and Sentiments, warm from the Heart, attends her always with
good Wishes; her Prosperity and Joy are the great Scope of his Desires, and he seems to value himself upon the Truth of his own Friendship, only as it serves to add to her Happiness.
How extensive he desires that to be, appears from å fmall Poèm written by him, and presented to her en her Birth-Day, where he wishes, that her Death may be without the common Terrors, and that the may be carried away in Pleasure and Extacy.in O. Long Health, long Youth, long Pleasure, and
a Friend: Not with those Toys the female World admires ive Riches that vex, and Vanities that tire. With added Years if Life bring nothing new, But like a Sieve let ev'ry Blesling thro', T Some Joy still lost, as each vain Year runs o’er, And all we gain, some fad Reflection more ; Is thata Birth-Day? tis alas ! too clear, i Tis but the Fun'ral of the former Year.
Let Joy or Eafe, let Amuence or Content, And the gay Confcience of a Life well (pent, sú Calm ev'ry Thought, inspirit ev'ry Grace, it Glow in thy Heart, and smile upon thy Face. Let Day improve on Day, and Year on Year, Without a Pain, a Trouble, or a Fear; Till Death unfelt that tender Frame destroy,!!. In some foft Dream, or Extacy of. Joy