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The Right Hon! ( Algernon Capell, Earl. of Essex Wiscount Maldon, and Baron Capell of Hadham :: 17.01.18

COLETAN

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& prefume we want no Apology to the Reader for this Publication, but fome may be thought needful to Mr Pope : However

be cannot sbirk oum Offenee fa great as Theirs, who first separately publipo ed what we have here bait collected in a betteri Form and Order. As for the Letters we bave procured to be added, they ferue but to compleat, explain, and sometimes set in a true light, those others, which it was not in the Writer's or Our power to recali.

This Collection hath been owing to several Cabinets; fome drawn from thence by Accidents, and others reven of tbofe to Ladies voluntarily given. It is to ore of that Sex we are beholden for the whole Correspondence with H. C. Esq. wbie) Letters being temet ber by that Gentleman, fuse took the Liberty to print; as appears by tbe following, which we fall give at length, both as it is fomething curious, and as it may serve for an Apology for our selves. To HENRY CROMWELL, Efes

June 27, 1929 FTER fo long a filence, as the many and

great oppressions I have ligh'd under has pçealion’d, one is at a Loss how

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to begin a letter to so kind a friend as your felf, But as it was always my resolution, if I m

sink, to do it as decently that i$ as filently) as I cou'd: so when I found my self plung'd into unforeseen, and unavoidable ruin, I retreated from the world, and in a manner buried my self in a difmal place, where I knew none, nor none knew me." In this duļl unthinking way, I have protracted a lingring death, (for life it cannot be call’d] ever since you saw me, {equester'd from company, depriv'd of my books, and nothing left to converse with bụt the Letters of my dead, or absent, friends, amongst which latter I always plac'd your's, and Mr Pope's, in the first rank. I lent fome of them indeed to an ingenious perfon, who was so delighted with the specie men, that he importuned me for a fight of the rest, which having obtained, hę convey'd them to the Press, I must not say altogether with my consent, nor wholly without it. I thought them too good to be lost in oblivion, and had ng cause to apprehend the disobliging of any. The publick, viz. all persons of taste and judga ment, woy'd be pleas'd with so agreeable an amusement; Mr Cromwell cou'd not be angry, since it was but justice to his merit, to publish the solemn, and private profeffions of Love, Gratitude, and Veneration, ,

made

made him by so celebrated an Author; and surely. Mr Pope ought not to resent the publication, since the early, pregnancy of his Genius was no dishonour to his character. And

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had either of you been ask'd, common modesty wou'd have oblig'd you to refuse, what you wou'd not be displeas'd with, if done without your knowledge : And besides to end all dispute, you had been pleas’d to make me a free gift of them, to do what I pleas’d with them; and every one knows that the person to whom a Letter is address’d, has the same right to dispose of it, as he has of goods purchas'd 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 fatter my self, in a few months I Ihall again be visible to the world, and whenever thro good providence that Turn shall happen, I Thall joyfully acquaint, you with it, there being none more truly your oblig'd Servant, than, Sir,

Your faithful, and
inost bumble. Servant,

E, THOMAS P.S. A Letter, Sir, directed to Mrs Thomas, to be left at my house, will be safely transmitted to her, by

rours, &c.

E. CURL LQ

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the READER in 1919 mm Doris To Mr POPE. 63

..or's Epsom, July 6, 1927: HEN these Letters were first print

ed, I wond'red how Curll cou'd come by 'em, and cou'd not but laugh at the pompous title ; fince, whatever you wrote to me was humour, and familiar

ak sa Raillery, As soon as I came from Eplam, I heard you had been to see me, and I writ you a short letter from Will's, that I longd to see you. Mr

Ds, about that time, charg'd me, with giving 'em to a Mistress, which I positively denied į not in the least, at that time, thinking of it: but some time after, finding in the newspapers Letters from Lady Packington, Lady Chudleigh, and Mr Norris, to the fame Sapka or E.T. I began to fear that I was guilty, I have never seen these Letters of Curll's por wou'd go to his shop about them ; I have pot seen this Sapho, alias E. T. thefe seven years'; her writing, That I gave her 'em, to do what she wou'd with 'em, is straining the point too far: I thought not of it; nor do I think she did then: But fevere Neceffity, which catches hold of a Twig, has produced all this, which has lain hid,

; and forgot by me, so many years Gurll fent me a Letter last week, defiring a por fative apfwer about this inatter, but find

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