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To the Earl of Burlington. #!
March 7, 1731.
4; 107 My LORD,
HE Clamour rais’d about my Epistlc
to you, could not give me so much pain, as I receiv'd pleasure in seeing the general Zeal of the world in the cause of a great Man who is Beneficent, and the particular Warmth of your Lordship in that of a private Man who is innocent. នរ
It was not the Poem that deserv'd this from you ;
for as I had the Honour to be your Friend, I cou'd not treat you quitet like a Poet : but sure the Writer deferv'd more Candor, even from those who knew! him not, than to promote a Report, which in regard to that Noble Person was Impera tinent; in regard to me, Villainous. Yet I had no great cause to wonder, that a Character belonging to twenty fhou'd bo applied to one; since, by that means, nineteen wou'd escape the Ridicule.
I was too well content with my Know , ledge of that Noble Person's Opinion in this Affair, to trouble the publick about it. But
fince Malice and Mistake are so long a dy-ing, I have taken the opportunity of a third Edition to declare His Belief, not only of My Innocence, but of Their Malignity, of the former of which my own heart is as conscious, as I fear some of theirs must be of the latter. His Humanity feels a Concern for the Injury done to Me, while his Greatness of Mind can bear with Indifference the. Infult offer'd to Himself. : However, my Lord, I own, that Critics of this Sort can intimidate me, nay half incline me to write no more:That wou'd be making the Town a Compliment which I think it deferves ; and which some, I am sure, wou'd take very kindly. This way of Satire is dangerous, as long as Slander rais'd by Fools of the lowest Rank can find any countenance from those of a Higher. Even from the Conduct shewn on this occasion, I have learnt there are some who wou'd rather be wicked than ridiculous; and therefore it may be safer to attack Vices than Follies. I will therefore leave my Betters in the quiet Pofsefsion of their Idols, their Groves, and their High-Places; and change my Subject from
Alludes to the Letter the Duke of Ch wrote to Mr. Pope on this occasion, a Copy of which, together with Mr. Pope's to his Grace, we hope to procure for the next
their Pride to their Meanness, from their
Dr. ARBUTHNOT to Mr. POPE.
Hampstead, July 17, 1734 Dear Sir,
Little doubt of your kind Concern for
me, nor of that of the Lady you mention. I have nothing to repay my
Friends with at present, but prayers and good 'wishes. I have the satisfaction to find that I am as officiously serv'd by my Friends, as he that has thousands to leave in Legacies ; besides the Assurance of their Sincerity.
+ This he did in his next Piece, which was the Epistle to the Lord Bathurst of the ute of-Riches,
God Almighty has made my bodily distress as easy as a thing of that nature can be: I have found some relief, at least sometimes, from the Air of this place. My Nights are bad, but many poor Creatures have worse.
As for you, my good friend, I think since our first acquaintance there has not been any of those little Suspicions or Jealousies that often affect the sincerest Friendships ; I am sure not on my side. I must be so fincere as to own, that tho’I could not help valuing you for those Talents which the World prizes, yet they were not the Foundation of my Friendship: They were quite of another fort; nor shall I at present offend you by enumerating them: And I make it my Last Request, that you continue that noble Disdain and Abborrence of Vice, which you seem naturally endu'd with, but still with a due regard to your own Safety; and study more to reform than chastise, tho' the one often cannot be effected without the other.
Lord Bathurst I have always honour'd for every good Quality, that a Person of his Rank ought to have: Pray give myRespeas and kindest Wishes to the Family. My Venison Stomach is gone, but I have those about me, and often with me, who will be very glad of his Present. If it is left