14 December 1731
Pope's satire on 'Timon's Villa' (ll. 99-168) was widely attacked at the time as a satire on Lord Chandos's seat at Cannons, and became an important example of Pope's malevolence and supposed ingratitude. The charge seems to have been fabricated by Welsted, in order to divert Pope's satire from its real object, Sir Robert Walpole's country house at Houghton. Further, see Introduction, p. 19, and the two following items.
James Brydges, Duke of Chandos, extract from letter to Pope, 21 December 1731, Corresp., iii. 262-3.
Sir-I am much troubled to find by your favour of the 22d you are under any uneasiness, at the application the Town has made of Timon's Character, in your Epistle to the Earl of Burlington. For my own part I have recieved so many instances of the will they bear me, that I am as little surprized as I am affected with this further proof of it; It would indeed be a real concern to me did I beleive One of your Judgment had designedly given grounds for their imbibing an Opinion, so dis-advantageous of me. But as your obliging Letter, is sufficient to free me from this apprehension, I can with great indifference bear the insults they bestow, and not find myself hurt by 'em: nor have I reason to be much disturb'd, when I consider how many better persons are the daily objects of their unjust censures.