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England. pag. u6, 117. and the Divinity of . Cbrift exprefly deny d, in pag. 123, 124 ] Wita fome Jcandalous Anecdotes, and a Narrative.

The same in. Duodecimo. IV. Mr. Pobe's Literary Correspondenie. Vol. 3". Print

ed for E. Curl.801735. [In this is only one Letter by Mr. Pope to the Duchejs of Buckingham, which the Publismer some way procur'd and printed again't her Order. It also contains four Letters intitled Mr. Pope's to Miss Elount, which are literally taken from an old Tranfiction of Voiture's to Mad. Rambouillet.

Tire jame in Duodecimo. * V. Mr. Pope's Literary Correspondence, Vol. 4. Printed by the same, contuins not one Letter of this Autbor.

- The same in Duodecimo.

VI. Mr. Pope's Literary Correspondence. Vol. 5. Con· taining only one Letter of Mr. P. and another of the · Lord B. with a fcandalou's Preface, how he could come · at more of their Letters. : 89 Printed for the fame,

1736. . . . VII. Letters of Mr. Pope and several Eminent Per. · fons. Vol. t. from 1705 to 1711. Printed and fold

by the Booksellers of London and Westminster. 30 1735.

The fame, Vol. 2. from 1711, &c. Printed and fold by the Booksellers of London and Westminster. 8° 1735. The same in i 2m). with a Narrtive. VIII. Letters of Mr. Pope and several Eminent Persons.

Froin 1705 to 1735. Printed and sold by the Book

fellers of London and Weltminster. 12110. 1735. . [This Edition is said in the Title to contain more

Letters

Surreptitious and Incorrect Editions. 3

Letters than any other, but contains only Two, said to be the Bißop. of Rochester's, and printed before by Curl.] IX. Letters of Mr. Pope and several Eminent Perfors.

From the Year 1705 to 1735. Vol. 1. and Vol. 2.

Printed for T. Cooper, at the Globe in Pater nofter : Row. 1735 12mo.

[In this was inserted the Forged Letter from the Bi. frop of Rochester, and some other things, unknown to

Mr. Pope.]

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PREFACE

Prefixed to the First Genuine

Edition in 4o. 1737. .

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TF what is here offer'd 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 Ene· mies : 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 produc'd i in this manner.

He had been very disagreeably usd, 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 fame kind, put · him upon recalling as many as he could from

those who he imagin'd had kept any. He was · sorry to find the number so great, but immediately lessen'd it by burning three parts in four of them : The rest he spai'd, not in any pre

ference

ference of their Stile or writing, but merely as they preserv'd the memory of some Friendthips which will ever be dear to him, or set in a true light some Matters of fact, from which the Scriblers of the times had taken occasion to arperse either his Friends or himself. He therefore lay'd by the originals, together with those of his Correspondents, and caus’d a Copy to be taken to deposite in the Library of a noble Friend ; that in case either of the revival of slanders, or the publication of surreptitious letters, during his life or after, a proper use might be made of them.

The next year, the Pofthumous works of Mr. Wycherley were printed, in a way disreputable enough to his memory : It was thought a justice due to him, to Thew the world his better judgment; and that it was his last resolution to have suppress'd those Poems. As some of the letters wbich had pass'd between him and our Author clear'd that point, they were publith'd in 1729, with a few marginal notes added by a friend.

If in these letters, and in those which were printed without his consent, there appear too much of a juvenile ambition of Wit, or affectation of Gayety, he may reasonably hope it will be consider'd to whom, and at what age, he was guilty of it, as well as how soon it was over. The rest, every judge of writing will fee, were by no means Efforts of the Genius,

but

liber, Author which hade e Poe.

but Emanations of the Heart: and this alone may induce any candiù r ader to believe their publication an act of neceflity, rather than of vanity.

It is notorious, how many Volumes have been publish'd under the title of his Correfpondence, with promises still of more, and open and repeated offers of encouragement to all per fons who fhould send any letters of his for the press. It is as notorious what Methods were taken to procure them, even from the Publisher's own accounts in his prefaces, viz. by transact ing with people in necessities, i or of abandon'd 2 characters, or such as dealt without names in the 3 dark. Upon a quarrel with one of these last, he betray'd himself so far as to appeal to the publick in Narratives and Advertisements : like that Irish Highway-man a few years before, who preferr'd a Bill against his Companion, for not faring equally in the mony, rings and watches, they had traded for in Partnership upon Hounslow-Heath.

Several have been printed in his name which he never writ, and address’d to persons to whom

į See the Preface to Vol. 1. of a Book called Mr, Pope's Literary Correspondence.

2 Postscript to the Preface to Vol. 4. 3 Nar. rative and Anecdotes before Vol. 2.

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