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and the good that ever lived; that is, to be envy'd and censur'd by bad writers.
You do no more than answer my expectations of you, in declaring how well you take my freedom in sometimes neglecting, as I do, to reply to your Letters so soon as I ought ,• those who have a right taste of the substantial part of friendship, can wave the ceremonial. A friend is the only one that will bear the omission; and one may find who is not so, by the very trial of it.
As to any anxiety I have concerning the fate of my Hoitter^ the care is over with me. The world must be the judge, and I shall be the first-to consent to the justice of its judgment, whatever it be. I am not so arrant an Author, as even to desire, that if I am. in the wrong, all mankind mould be so.
I am mightily pleas'd with a saying of Monsieur Tourreil: When a Man writes, "he ought to animate himself with the "thoughts of pleasing all the world: but "he is to renounce that desire or hope, the. tc very moment the Book goes out of his * hands."
I write this from Binfield, whither I came yesterday, having past a few days in my way with my Lord Bolingbroh: I go to Londonin three days time, and will not fail to pay a
visit to Mr. M , whom I saw not long
since at my Lord Halifax**. J hoped from
thence thertcc he had some hopesof advantage iTr^Ta^ the.present administration: for few peoples Qlthink) but I, pay respects to great Meo, without any prospects. I am in the kirefi^ way in rhe world of being not worth a groats being born both a Papist, and a Poet. This^ puts me in mind of reacknowledging your Continued endeavours to enrich me; But I can tell you 'tis to no purpose, for without the Opei, Æquum animum mi ipfe parabo.
I am your, &c»
Mr. Pope to Mr. Congreve*'
, . March 19, 1714-ij.
THE Farce of the What-d'ye-call it, has occasioned many different speculations,, in the town. Some look'd upon it as mecr jest upon the tragic poets, others as a satire upon the late war. Mr. Cromwell hearing, none of the words, and seeing the action to be tragical, was much astonished to find the audience laugh; and fays, the Prince and Princess must doubtless be under no less amazement on the fame account. Several templers, and others of the more vociferous kind of criticks, went with a resolution to> hiss, and confest they were forced to laugh so much, that they forgot the design they came with. The Court in general has in a ,
very particular manner come into the jest, ana the three first Nights, (notwithstanding two or them were court-nights) wefedistinguiOi'd by very full audiences of the first quality. The common people of the pit and gillery receiv'd it at first with gre.at gravity and sedatencfs, some few with tears; but after the third day they also took the hint, and have ever since been very loud in their cbps. There are still some sober men who cannot be of the general Opinion, but the laughers are so much the majority, that one or two criticks seem determin'd to undeceive the town at their proper cost, by writing gsave dissertations agiinst it: To encourage them in which laudaule design, it is resolv'd a Preface stiall be prefixt to the Farce, in vindication of the nature and dignity of this new way of writing.'
Yesterday Mr. SteelCs affair was decided: I am sorry I can be of no other opinion than yours, as to his whole carriage and writings of late. But certainly he has not only been punisli'd by others, but suffer'd much even from his own party in the point of character, nor (I believe) receiv'd any amends in that of interest, as yet; whatever m3y be his Prospects for the future.
This Gentleman, among a thousand others, is a great instance or the fate of all who are carried away by party-spirit, of any side. \ wish all violence may succeed .