19 October 1743
This was the final version of The Dunciad, in which Colley Cibber replaced Theobald as the hero.
John Henley, extracts from Why How now, Gossip Pope? Or, The Sweet Singing-Bird of Parnassus taken out of its pretty Cage to be roasted…. Exposing the Malice Wickedness and Vanity of his aspersions on J.H[enley] in That Monument of his own Misery and Spleen, the Dunciad (1743), pp. 10-13, 16. Published on 3 March 1743. This edition, the only one available to the editor, has on the title page 'Printed in 1736', though the references to Crousaz suggest a later date. 'Orator' Henley (1692-1756), a minor eccentric, and an engagingly megalomaniac polymath rather in intention than ability, set up his 'Oratory' in 'Newport-Market, Butcher-Row'. According to Pope 'he preach'd on the Sundays Theological matters, and on the Wednesdays upon all other Sciences' (note to The Dunciad (A), iii. 195, Twickenham, v. 173). Henley's account, biased as it probably is, nevertheless suggests the very large and wide-ranging audience commanded by Pope, and the support he received from the 'polite' (and foppish) part of the Town. Henley's running battle with Pope was carried on by sermons at his Oratory, by newspaper advertisements (1728-44), and in his Hyp-Doctor, rather than through the medium of pamphlets.
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