being a Man was revealed) I thank you for this care of me. Philanax finding by their speech that they were of near Acquaintance, began to Examin them apart; but such resolution he found in them, that he could learn no farther of them than it pleased them to declare. So he thought that it would be most fit to put them both in one Place, and for that purpose, gave them both unto the Noble man Simpathus, who before had the Custody of Pyrocles.
The list of subscribers to this re-writing of Arcadia includes Sir Hans Sloane. Since Sloane’s daughter Sarah had married in 1719 George Stanley of Paultons (DNB, s.nn. ‘Sir Hans Sloane’ and ‘Hans Stanley’), ‘D.’—Dorothy?—Stanley was perhaps a relation of his. (I have been unable to trace the Edward and Hester Stanley also listed as subscribers.)
The parting of Argalus and Parthenia, in the extract chosen here, typifies Stanley’s style and attitudes. Speech from Arcadia (NA, pp. 372-3) is expanded, inflated and made generally to conform to the standards of decorum established by Sentimentalism as exemplified in the tragedies of Nicholas Rowe. ‘Mine you are’ becomes ‘you’ve given your self to me by the most solemn Tyes’; ‘your blood must be bled by Parthenia’ becomes ‘nor can your breast be pierced, but through her Heart’. Correct sentiment is to be spelt out: additions include the reference to ‘The righteous Heavens’ and their justice. The narrator, too, sometimes provides a moral lead: ‘the tyranny of honour’ in the original becomes ‘mistaken Notions of tyrannick Honour’, and in Stanley’s concluding sentence, also given below, happy closure substitutes for the sense of future possibilities and unanswered questions at the end of Arcadia. The eclogues are simply omitted: ‘I have the opinion of most of my Subscribers for it’ (Preface, sig. bv).