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all is safe, and you are escap?d, even in his opinion. I promis’d in your name, like a good Godfather, not that you should renounce the devil and all bis works, but that you would be delighted to find him your friend merely for his own sake ; therefore prepare yourself for some civilities.
I have done Homer's head, fhadow'd and heighten'd carefully; and I inclose the outline of the same lize, that yqu may determine whether you wou'd have ic lo large, or reduc'd to make room for a feuillage or laurel round the oval, or about the square of she Busto? perhaps there is something more solemn in the Image itself, if I can get it well performed.
If I have been instrumenal in bringing you and Mr. Addison together with all fin, cerity, I value myself upon it as an acceptable piece of service to such a one as I know
you to be.
- Mr. POPE's Answer.
Aug. 27, 1714: Am just arriv'd from Oxford, very well K diverted, and entertain'd there --- all very honest fellows = mucli concern'd for
the Queen's death. No panegyricks teady jer for the King.
I admire your Wbig-principles of Relili. ance exceedingly, in the spirit of the Bascelonians. I join in your wish for them. Mr. Addison's verses on Liberty, in his letter from Italy, would be a good form of prayer in my opinion, o Liberty! thout Goddess heavenly bright ! &c.
What you mention’d of the friendly office you endeavour'd to do betwixt Mr. Addison and me, deserves acknowledg . ments on my part. You thoroughly know my regard to his character, and my propensity to testify it by all ways in my power. You as thoroughly know the scandalous meangels of that proceeding which was used by Philips, to make a man I so highly value, suspeat my dispositions toward him. But as, after all, Mr. Addi. fon must be the judge in what regards himself, and has feem'd to be no very jut one to me; fo I must own to you I expect nothing but civility from him, how much soever I wish for his friendship: And as for any offices of real kindness or service which it is in his power to do me, I should be ashamed to receive 'em from any man who had no better opinion of my morals, than to think me a party-man; nor of my temper, than to believe me capable of ma
ligning or envying another's reputation as a Poet. So I leave it to Time io convince bimi as to boh, to fhew bim the shallow depths of those half-witted creatures who mit inform'd him, and to prove that I am incapable of endeavouring to lessen a person whom I would be proud to initate, and therefore asham'd to Aatter. In a word, Mr. Addisin is sure of my relpe t at all times, and of my real friendship whencver hc Phall think tic to know me for what I
For all that pass'd betwixt Dr. Swift and me, you know the whole (without reserve). of our correspondence : The engagements I had to him were such as the aviual fervices he had done me, in relation to the subscription for Homer, obliged me to. I must have leave to be grateful to him, and : to any one who serves me, let him be never so obnoxious to any party : nor did the Tory.party ever put me to the hardship of asking this leave, which is the greatest obligation I owe to it; and I expect no greater from the Whig-party than the same liberty. A curle on the word Party, which I have been forced to use fo often in this period ! I wish the present Reign may put an end to the distinction, that there may be no orher for the future than that of honest and kave; fool and men of senle ;
these two sorts must always be enemies, but for the reft, may all People do as you and I, believe what they pleafe and be friends.
(1.2) Mr. Pope to Mr. ADDISON,
} soal October 10,
10, 1714. I ho of
Have been acquainted by one gratifying me, that you have lately been pleas'd to speak of me in a manner which nothing but the real respect I have for you can deferve. May I hope that some late male. volencies have lost their effect' Indeed it is neither for me, nor my enemies, to pretend to tell you whether I am your friend or not; but if
you would judge by probabilities, I beg to know which of your poetical acquaintance has so little Interest in pretending to be so ? Methinks no man should question the real friendship of one who desires no real service: I am only to get as much from the Whigs, as I got by the Tories, thar is to say, Civility; being neither lo proud as to be insensible of any good office, nor so liumble, as
not to dare heartily to despise any man who does me an injustice.
I will not value myself upon having ever guarded all the degrees of respect for you; for (ro say the truth) all the world speaks well of you, and I should be under a necellity of doing the same, whether. I cared for you or not.
As to what you have said of me, I shall never believe that the Author of Cato can speak one thing and think another. As a -proof that I account you sincere, I beg a favour of
you : It is, that you would look of Homer, which are now in the hands of my Lord Halifax. I am sensible how much the reputation of any poețical work will
depend upon the chara&ter you give it: 'tis therefore fonie evidence of the trust I repose in your good will, when I give you this opportunity of speaking ill of me with justice, and yet expect you will tell me your truest thoughts, at the same time that
you tell others your most favourable ones.
I have a farther request, which I must press with earnestoels. My Bookseller is réprinting the Essay on Criticism, to which you have done too much honour in your Spectator of No 253. The period in that paper, where you lay, as I have admitted some ftrokes of ill nature into that Ellay,"