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Jy Scribler of the BASTARD, S*****) by making a faithful Report to the Public of the Contents of this FOURTH Volume.
Ye are first to observe, that as the 70-' suits deduce their Original from St. IGN ATius LOYOLA, in like Manner, is Mr. Pope the Founder of this Scheme of Literary Correspondence.
Ye are next to assure all Persons, who are fo kiod as to give you Audience, that to prevent the least Suspicion of Spuriosity, they may see every Letter I have ever printed of Mr. Pope's, in his Own Hand-Writing, pot copied either from Twickenham, or, Dover-Street MSS. as Mr. Min hul the late Librarian will, in Justice to me, assert.
This Volume opens, with the Promised Collection of Historical Letters, from the Revolution, 1688, to the Year 1730.
Next follow Original Letters of Bishop Barlow, Bishop Fleetwood, Bishop Atterbury, his Character by Bishop Smalridge, and a Defence of the Newtonian Philosophy, by Mr. Secretary Addison ; all which will subfift by their own Immortal Merit. :
A LOVE-SCENE from Rome succeeds, being the Original Letters which passed between King HENRY VIII. and ANNE BOLEYN, with some Notes thereon ; Addressed to Mr. Pope,
Some of his own Pieces bring up the Rear, and the COURT-POEMS, compleat this Volume.
E. CURL L.
Pray, with my Respekts to Mr. POPE, tell him I am sorry that Ill Health, Ill Humour, Ill Weather, and the Want of a Coach, should all conspire to prevent his paying that Visit to LUCRETIA, * which the lately expected from Him; and, tho' she will not by any Means admit of the Term Affectionate, he may subscribe Himself her bumble Servant. The Lady is eloped from her last Lodging,
* A noted Caft-off-Punk, of his pious Saint-John.. Mrs. Griffith, alias Butler, alias Lucretia Lindo, who has several Letters of Mr. Pope's, not worth Printing.
but He may hear of his Deary at the Old Place. She hopes the picture will please, now the Painter has re-touched it.
'Tis Arange! that ftill our Bard the Truth will shan, For Wrong is Wrong, where-ever it be done,
Adv. from Hor.
SIR, ., . June 30. 1686. S a gou see the Upshot of the Informa
tion against the BISHOPS; his Majesty was in the Camp at Hounslow, the Soldiers huzza'd at the News, as. loudly as the Mob at Westminster
Hall. Mob ! did I say? It was a Multitude of Nobility, Gentry, and Citizens of the best Note. The King was terribly chagrin'd; he ask'd what Noise was that? They told him, Nothing, but the Soldiers rejoicing at the Acquital of the Bishops. Do you call that Nothing, fays.. he? Wright is an excellent Chief ; * the Most Christian King might find him a very useful Magistrate in Languedoc, at this Time. The Coma mand of a Province in Turkey, would admirably suit his Genius. The Forms of the Law of England were a great Restraint upon his Zeal;. * He was Lord Chief Justice of the King's-Bench A 5
broker) had fuchis Princesa
the Spirit of Tyranny in his Office, and Adulation towards his Prince (which generally go together) had such an Afcendant over him, that he broke thro' all Decency; he could not converse with Mr. Juftice Powell upon the Points of Law, without mal-treating him : He has such an Averfion to poor Sir B. Shower, and had at the same Time fo little Command of his Temper, that he insulted him, tho' he was for the Prosecution. This arbitrary Behaviour of great Magistrates in filencing Council, whose Faces they do not like, is of greater Consequence to the Public than People generally seem to apprehend : But a fitter Opportunity of treating the Man ill, could hardly be chosen ; for the Generality of the Audience were prejudic'd against him, on Account of the Service he was engaged in, and were therefore prepared to approve of all the ill Usage that could be offer to him: On the other hand, the King had little Occafion for him, for the Sollicitor-General was a Minion, as scurrilous as Billingsgate, as prostitute and impudent as Drury-Lane. When this Tryal is printed, I hope the odious Colours that the principal Characters will appear in, both at the Bar, and on the Bench, will have a good Effect on the Gentlemen of the Profession for the growing Generation, as young Spartans were taught to hate Drunkenness, by seeing the odious Effects of it upon their Slaves. If Judges and Statesmen would only examine themselves by the Faults of those who stand condemned in History, and ask Questions like these; Am I Hubert de Burgo ? Am I Tresilian? Am I Sejanus ? Am I Villers ? Am I guilty of the Crime for which this Man's Memory is justly, hated ? I say, were Men thus to reflect, they would forget the Tip-Staves, the Train-bearer