Alexander Pope: The Critical Heritage

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AN EPISTLE FROM MR. POPE TO DR. ARBUTHNOT

2 January 1735


88.

Three opinions

1734-42


(a) Elizabeth Rowe, extract from letter to Lady Hertford, dating from 1734-5, H.S. Hughes, 'More Popeana: Items from an Unpublished Correspondence', PMLA, xliv (1929), 1093. Elizabeth Rowe (1674-1737) was a minor poetess.

I am glad yr LaSP is disgruntled with Mr. Pope's treatment of Mr. Addison [ll. 193-214]…the whole seems writ with a Mallice more than human it has something infernal in it 'tis surprising that a man can divest himself of the tender sentiments of nature so far as deliberately to give Anguish and Confusion to Beings of his own kind. Slander and Invective is an Injury never to be repair'd, & by consequence is an unpardonable sin.


(b) Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, letter to Dr Arbuthnot, 3 January 1735, Corresp., iii. 448-9.

Sir, -I have perus'd the last Lampoon of your ingenious Friend, & am not supriz'd you did not find me out under the name of Sapho [ll. 101, 369], because there is nothing I ever heard in our Characters or circumstances to make a parallel, but as the Town (except you who know better) generally suppose Pope means me whenever he mentions that name, I cannot help taking Notice of the terrible malice he bears against the Lady signify'd by that name, which appears to be irritated by supposing her writer of the verses to the Imitator of Horace, now I can assure him they were wrote (without my knowledge) by a Gentleman of great merit, whom I very much esteem, who he will

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