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have obliged you to refuse, what you wou'd not be displeased with, if done without your knowledge. And besides, to end all dispute, you had been pleased to make me a free gift of them, to do what I pleased with them; and every one knows, that the person to whom a Letter is addresed, has the same right to dispose of it, as he has of goods purchased with his money. I doubt not but your generosity and honour will do me the right, of owning by a line that I came honestly by them. I flatter my self, in a few months I shall again be visible to the world; and whenever thro' good providence that Turn shall happen, I shall joyfully acquaint you wirh it, there being nonę more fruly your obliged Servant, than, Sir,
Your faithful, and
P.S. A Letter, Sir, directed to Mrs. Thomas, to be left at my house, will be safely transmitted to her, by, . Yours, &c.
.: E. CURLL.
Epsom, July 6, 1727. W H EN these Letters were first printed, I
Vy wondered how Curll cou'd come by them, and cou'd not but laugh at the pompous title ; fince
whatever you wrote to me was humour, and familiar Raillery. As soon as I came from Epsom, I heard you had been to see me, and I writ you a short lettter from Will's, that I longed to see yoủ. Mr. D— s, about that time, charged me with giving them to a Mistress which I positively denied: not in the least, at that time, thinking of it; but some time after, finding in the news papers Letters from Lady Packington, Lady Chudleigh, and Mr. Norris, to the fame Sapho or E. T. I began to fear that I was guilty. I have never seen these Letters of Curll's, nor would go to his shop about them; I have not seen this Sapho, alias E. T. these seven years. Her writing, That I gave her 'em, to do what I wou'd with 'em, is straining the point too far. I thought not of it, nor do I think the did then ; but severe Neceflity, which catches hold of a Twig, has produced all this ; which has lain hid, and forgot by me lo many years. Curll sent me a Letter lait week, defiring a positive answer about this inatter, but finding I wou'd give him none, he went to E. T. and writ a Poscript in her long romantick Letter, to direct my Answer to his house; but they not expecting an Answer, sent a young man to me, whose name, it seems, is Pattison : I told him I shou'd not wrire any thing, but I believed it might be so as the writ in her Letter. I am extremely concern. ed that my former Indifcretion in putting them into the hands of this Pretieujë, fhould have given you so much disturbance; for the last thing I should do would be to disoblige you, for whom I have ever preserved the greatelt esteem, and shall ever be, Sir Your faithful Friend, and
a most humble Servant,'
To Mr. POP E.
August 1, 1727. T H 'O' I writ my long Narrative from Epiim
1 till I was tired, yet was I not satisfied ; left any doubt should rest upon your mind. I could not make protestations of my Innocence of a grievous çrime; but I was impatient’till I came to Town, that I might send you those Letters, as a clear evidence that I was a perfect franger to all their proceeding. Should I have protested against it, after the printing, it might have been taken for an attempt to decry lis purchase; and as the little exception you have taken has served him to play his game upon us for these two years ; a new incident from me might enable him to play it on for two more. The great value she exprelles for all you write, and her passion for having them, I believe, was what prevailed upon me to let her keep them. By the interval of twelze years at least, from her possession to the time of printing them, 'tis maniseit, that I had not the least ground to apprehend such a design: Båt aš People in great ftraits, bring forth their hoards of old Gold and moft valued Jewels; fo Sapho had recourfe to her hid treasure of Letters, and play'd off not only your's to me, but all those to herself (as thé Lady's laft ftake) into the press. ---As for me, I hope, when you Thall.cooly consider the many thousand inftances of our being deluded by the females, since that great Original of Adam by Eve, you will have a more favourable thought of the undeligning error of
Your Faithful Friend,
Now should our Apology for this Publication be as ill received, as the Lady's seems to have been by the Gene slemen concerned ; we poall at least have Her Comfort of being Thanked by the rest of the world. Nor has Mr. P. bimself any great cause to think it mucb Offenco to bis Modesty, or Reflexion on bis Judgment ; when we take care to inform the Public, that there are few Letters of bis in this Collection, which were not written under Twenty years of Age: On the other hand, we doubt not the Reader will be much more surprized to find, at that early period, so much variety of Style, Affelting Sentiment, and Justness of Criticism, in pieces which must bave been writ in baste, very few perhaps ever reviewed, end none intended for the Eye of the Publiç.
A CATALOGUE of the
Surreptitious and Incorrect Editions of Mr. Pope's Letters,
I. Amiliar Letters to Henry Cromwell, Esq; by
I Mr. Pope, 12mo. Printed for Edmund Curl, 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 Colle&tion of Letters which pass'd between him and several Eminent Perfons. Printed for E. Curl. 8° 1735, Iwo Editions.
The same in Duodecimo, with Cuts. The third Edition.
[These contain several Letters not genuine.]
III. Mr. Pope's Literary Correspondence. Vol. 2. Printed
for the fame, 82 1735. [In this volume are no Letters of Mr. Pope's, but a few of those to Mr. Cromwell re. printed; nor any to bim, but one said to be Bishop At. terbury's, and another in that Bishop's name, certainly not his; One or two Letters from St. Omer's, advertised of Mr. Pope, but which proud to be only concerning him; some scandalous Refle&tions of one Le Neve on the Legislature, Courts of Justice, and Church of