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ther, but meer vanitys : a secret insisting upon what they think their dignity or merit, and an inward expectation of sạch an Over-measure of deference and regard, as answers to their own extravagant false scale; and which no body can pay, because none but themselves can tell, exaaly, to what pitch it amounts.

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Mr. POPE to EDWARD

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Aug. 27, 1714. THatever studies on the one hand, or

amusements on the other, it shall be my fortune to fall into, I shall be equally incapable of forgetting you in

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of em." The Task I undertook*, tho’ of weight enough in itself, has had a voluntary increase, by the inlarging my design of the Notesand the necessity, of consulting a number of books has carry'd me to Ox_? ford: But I' fear, thro' my Lord Harcourt's and Dr. Clark's means, I shall be more conversant with the pleasures and company of

* The Transation of Homer's Iliad.

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the place, than with the Books and Manufcripts of it.

I I find ftill more reason to complain of the negligence of the Geographers in their Maps of old Greece, since I look'd upon two or three more noted names in the publick libraries béré. But with all the care I am capable of; I have come cause to fear the Engraver will prejudice nie in a few situations. I have been orced to write to him in so high a style, that were my epistle ina tercepted, it would raise no small admiration in an ordinary man., .There is scarce an order in it of less importance, than to renove such and such mountains, alter the course of such and sạch rivers, place a large city on such a coast, and raze another in another country. I have set bounds to the sea, and faid to the land, thus far Malt thou advance, and no further * In the mean time, I who talk and command at this

s rate, am in danger of loosing my horse, and stand in some fear of a country justice. Todilatm me indeed, may be but prudential,conlidering what armies I have at present on foot, and'in my service : A hundred thousand Grecians are no contemptible body: for all that I can tells they may be as fora

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* This relates to the Müp of ancient Greece laid down by car Author in bis obfervations on tbe fecond Iliad.

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midable a's four thousand Priests; and they feem proper forces to send against those in Barcelona. That fiege deserves as fine a poem as the lliad, and the machining part of poetry would be the juster in it, as they fay the inhabitants expect Angels from heaven to their affistance. May I venture to fay, who am a Papist, and to say to you who are a Papift, that nothing is more aAtonishing to me, than that people so greatly warm’d with a sense of Liberty, should be capable of harbouring such weak Superstition, and that so niuch bravery and so much folly can inhabit the same breasts?

I could not buc take a trip to London, on the death of the Queen, mov'd by the con1. mon curiosity of mankind, who leave their 2 own bulinefs to be looking upon other mons.

I thank God, that as for myself, I am below all the accidents of State changes by my circumstances, and above them by my phi. losophy. Common charity of man ro man, and universal good will to all, are the points I have most at heart, and I am sure those are not to be brokin for the sake of any goyernors, or government. I am willing to hope the best, and what I more wish than my own or any particular man's advance, ment, is, that this turn may put an end entirely to the divisions of Wig and Tóry ; that the parties may love each other as

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well as I love them both; or at least hurt each other as little as I would either; and that our own people may live as quietly as we shall certainly let theirs; that is to say, that want of power itself in us may not be a surer prevention of harm, than want of will in them. I am sure, if all Whigs and all Tories had the spirit of one Roman

Catholick that I know, it would be well y for all Roman Catholicks, and if all Romans Catbolicks had always had that spirit, it had -; been well for all others, and we had never been charged with so wicked a spirit; as

that of Persecution. po I agree wich

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in my sentiment of the ftate of our nation since this change : I find 1. myself just in the same situation of mind

you describe as your own, heartily wishing -jd the good, that is the quiet of my country,

and hoping a total end of all the unhappy e divisions of mankind by party-spirit, wbich

ci ac beft is but the madnefs of many for the 23. gain of a few. giore > :

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Aug. 26, 1914 Have a particular to tell you at tbis time

which pleases me so much, ţhat you must expect a more than ordinary alacrity, in every turn. You know I'cou'd keep you in suspense for twenty lines, but I will tell you directly that Mr. Addison and I havebad a conversation, that it would have been worth your wbile to have been plic'd behind the wainscot, or behind fome half-length Picture to have heard. He affur'd me that he wou'd make ufé tiot only of his ittérest, but of his art, to do you fone fervice ; he did not mean his Art of Poetry, but his Art at Court ; and he is fenfible thaợ nothing can have a better ait for himfelf, than moving in your favour, especially fince insinuations were spread that he did not care you should prosper too much as a Poet. He protests that it shall not be his fault, if there is not the best intelligence in the world, and the most hearty friendship, C.

he was afraid Dr. Swift might have carry'd you too far among the enemy during the heat of the animosity, but now

He owns,

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