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Alexander Pope, Esq.
WITH HIS LAST
A N D
All his NOTES, as they were delivered to the Editor a little before his Death:
Printed verbatim from the Octavo Edition
R. POPE, in his last illness, amused
himself, amidst the care of his higher concerns, in preparing a corrected and complete Edition of his Writingsa; and, with his usual delicacy, was even solicitous to prevent any share of the offence they might occasion, from falling on the Friend whom he had engaged to give them to the Public b.
_" I own the late encroachments upon my con“ stitution make me willing to see the end of all “ further care about me or my works. I would rest “ for the one in a full refignation of my being to “ be disposed of by the Father of all Mercy; and “ for the other (though indeed a trifle, yet a trifle
may be some example) I would commit them to • the candor of a sensible and reflecting judge, “ rather than to the malice of every short-fighted 6 and malevolent critic, or inadvertent and censo. « rious Reader. And no hand can set them in so good a light, &c.” Let. cxx. to Mr.W.
-" I also give and bequeath to the said 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
In discharge of this truft, the Public has here a complete Edition of his Works; executed in such a manner, as, I am persuaded, would have been to his fatisfaction.
The Editor hath not, for the sake of profit, suffered the Author's Name to be made cheap by a Subscription; nor his works to be defrauded of their due Honours by a vulgar or inelegant Impression; nor his memory to be disgraced by any pieces unworthy of his talents or virtue. On the contrary, he hath, at a very great expence, ornamented this Edition with all the advantages which the best Artists in Paper, Printing, and Sculpture could bestow upon it.
If the Public hath waited longer than the deference due to it should have suffered, it was owing to a reason which the Editor need not make a secret. It was his regard to the familyinterests of his deceased Friend. Mr. Pope, at his death, left large impressions of several parts
s not otherwise disposed of or alienated ; and as he 5« shall publish WITHOUT FUTURE ALTERATIONS.”. His Laf Will and Teftament: