10 April 1729
The publication of The Dunciad with a few alterations and the addition of the footnotes and Scriblerian apparatus, provoked a fresh surge of interest and anger.
Anonymous, extract from Pope Alexander's Supremacy and Infallibility examin'd (1729), pp. 11-13. Published 13 May 1729. Pope attributed this pamphlet to John Dennis and George Duckett, but E.N. Hooker and D.N. Smith have denied that either were concerned in its production. The passage given here occurs in 'A Letter to a Noble Lord: Occasion'd by the late Publication of the Dunciad Variorum signed 'Will. Flogg' and dated 5 April 1729: its author calls The Dunciad a 'mishapen Lump of Malice and Illnature' and a 'Master-piece of Scandal' (p. 14).
You will not, I am sure, expect that I should enter into an Examination of the Poetical Merit of [The Dunciad]; that would subject me to a Task, for which I am wholly unfit; I mean, the reading it a second Time. But I am well inform'd, that the Reception which the first Edition met with from the Town, shewed that the Performance was thought as mean as the Design. In my cursory View of it, tho' I met with some Lines here and there Poetical enough, yet I thought the Generality of them very Prosaick, the whole Tale loose and unconnec