ter in a current dramatic production, Sir George Etherege’s The Man of Mode (1676).
Marvell’s authorship was apparently widely known. On 23 May 1676 Sir Christopher Hatton wrote: ‘I hope Andrew Marvel will likewise be made an example for his insolence in calling Dr. Turner, Chaplain to His Royal Highnesse, Chaplaine to Sir Fobling Busy [for Fopling Flutter], as he terms him in his scurrilous satyrical answer to his Animadversions on Naked Truth’ (Correspondence of the Family of Hatton, ed. E. M. Thompson, New York rept. 1965, I, p. 128). The printer had been imprisoned in early May for publishing without license after admitting that he had had the papers from Master Marvell (CSP Dom., 1677-8, pp. 372-3).
The original of Bishop Croft’s letter has disappeared. However, it is recorded in a copy, preserved at Lambeth Palace, of a letter of Marvell’s sent to his nephew and dated 17 July 1676, In it he cited Croft’s letter and his response. Both Thompson and Grosart printed the two as if they were individual items (Letters, p. 347).
Reprinted from Grosart II, pp. 489-90.
I CHOOSE to run some hazard of this (haveing noe certaine information) rather than incurre the hateful censure of ingratitude to that person whoe hath set forth Mr. Smirk in soe trim and proper a dresse, unto whose hands I hope this will happily arrive to render him due thanks for the humane civility and Christian