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these two sorts must always be enemies, but for the rest, may all People do as you and I, believe what they please and be friends.
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Mr. Pope to Mr. Addisons.
IHave been acquainted by one of rhy friends who omits no opportunities iff gratifying me, that you have lately beeh pleas'd to speak of me in a manner which nothing but the real respect I have for ypjk can deserve. May 1 hope that some late majeivolencies 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, that is to Tkj, Civility j being neither (o proud as to^be insensible of any good office, nor so humble!, & not; to dar,e heartily to despise any man who jdpes me an injustice. ;i
I will not value myself upon ^.av^'ng ever guarded all the degrees of respect for you,- for (to say the truth) all the world speaks well of you, and I mould be under a necessity of doing the fame, 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 tiling }and think another. As a proof that 1 account you sincere, I beg a ; favour of you: It is, that you would look -f>y.cr the two first books of my translation pf Homer, which are now in the hands of my Lord Halifax. I am sensible how much fthe reputation of any poetical work will jsjepend, upon the character you givc.it: "*L\y therefore some evidence of the -truft,I jjcpose in your good will, when I give you this opportunity of speaking ill of me with justice, and yet expett you will tell me your "truest thoughts, at the fame rime*that you tell others your most favourable ones.
I have a farther request, which I must Tprefs with earnestness. My Bookseller is .reprinting the Effay <m Criticism, to which you have done too much honour in your Spetfator of N° 253. The period in that paper, where you lay, " I have admitted * some strokes of ill nature intp that EJJay",
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is the only one I could wish omitted of all you have written: but I wou'd-not defire it should be so, unless I had the merit of re. moving your objection: I beg you but to - point out those strokes to me, and you may
be allured thty Mall be treated without mercy:
Since we are upon proofs of fincerity * (which I am pretty confident will ttirn to o the advantage of us both in each other's
opinion) give nie leave to name another hpaflage in the fame Spectator, which wlf
you would alter le is where you mention Fran observation upon Homer's Verses of Sýsi
phus's Stone, * never having been made before by any of the Criticks: I'happen'd to find the same in Dyonisius of Halicarnassus's Treatise, posle Eurege Gi Orojaator, who treats's very largely upun beíc Verses. I know you will think fit to foften your Expreffion, when you see the pailuge; which you must needs have read, tho' It be fince Nipt out of your memory. I am with the utmost esteem,
leto bonico divienot graylno odjai". time LA mij thoni e biriloolad blood 01 Mr. Pope to the Earl of PET 3 HA LIF A X. und
vi My L ORD, . j. Dec. 1; 1714: KI Am obliged to you both for the favours 1 you have done me, and for those you
d me. I distrust neither your will nor your memory, when it is to do good: and if ever I become troublesome or sollicitous, it must not be out of expectation, bat out of gratitude. Your Lordship may either cause me to live agreeably in the town, or contentedly in the country, which is really all the difference I set between an ealy fortune and a small one. Ic is indeed a high strain of generosity in you, to think of making me easy all my life, only be cause I have been so happy as to divert you some few hours: But if I may have leave to add, it is because you think me no enemy to my native country, there will appear a better reason; for I must of consequence be very much, (as I lincerely am), je
ALAR. My Lord, &c ..:
Mr. VoVEtoMr. Congreve.
Jan. 16, 1714-ij.
MEthinks when I write to you, I am making a confession, I have got (I can't tell how) such a custom of throwing myself out upon paper without reserve. You were not mistaken in what you judg'd of my temper of mind when I writ last. My faults will not be hid from you, and perhaps it is no dispraise to me that they will not. The cleanness and purity of one's mind is never better prov1d, than in discovering its own faults at first view : as when a Stream fliows the dirt at its bottom, ic Jhovvs also the transparency of the water.
My spleen was not occasioned, however, by any thing an * abufive, angry Critick could write of me. . I take very kindly your heroick manner of congratulation upon this scandal; for I think nothing more honourable, than to be involved in the satnc fate with all the great
* Dennis, who writ tn abufive Pamphlet tbit 7ar, inthki% Remarks on Mr. Pope's Homer.
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