Letters from the Levant: During the Embassy to Constantinople, 1716-18

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restored to us at the expense of a whole people:(46) I barely hope you will forgive me for saying this, but I fear God will scarce forgive me for desiring it.

Make me less wicked, then. Is there no other expedient to return you and your infant in peace to the bosom of your country ? I hear you are going to Hanover; can there be no favourable planet at this conjuncture, or do you only come back so far to die twice? Is Eruydice once more snatched to the shades? If ever mortal had reason to hate the king, it is I; for it is my particular misfortune to be almost the only innocent man whom he has made to suffer, both by his government at home, and his negociations abroad.

A. POPE.


XXVII.
TO MR. POPE.

Belgrade, Feb. 12, 1717.

I DID verily intend to write you a long letter from Peterawardin, where I expected to stay three or

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But that we know all this to be merely an absurd attempt at saying something out of the common, it would be exceedingly wicked. I blush for genius when I read these letters of Pope. To any woman they would have been in bad taste--to a married woman they are detestable: but setting aside the morality of the matter, and supposing a certain point to have been aimed at, nothing could have been worse calculated to succeed.-- ED.

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page *
  • Contents *
  • Preliminary Discourse *
  • Letters from the Levant i
  • Preface iii
  • I. to the Countess of Mar 7
  • II- To Mrs. Skerret.(5) 9
  • Iii. to Mrs. S. C 11
  • Iv. to the Lady Rich 13
  • V. to the Countess of Bristol 15
  • Vi. to Mrs. Thistlethwayte 18
  • Vii. to the Countess of Mar 21
  • Vii. to the Countess of Mar 25
  • Ix. to Mr. Pope 31
  • X. to the Countess of Mar 35
  • X. to the Countess of Mar 41
  • X. to the Countess of Mar 46
  • X. to the Countess of Mar 49
  • X. to the Countess of Mar 53
  • X. to the Countess of Mar 56
  • Xvi. to the Countess of Mar 58
  • XVII- To the Countess of Mar 62
  • XVII- To the Countess of Mar 65
  • XVII- To the Countess of Mar 67
  • XVII- To the Countess of Mar 70
  • Xxii. to the Countess of Mar 74
  • Xxiii. Mr. Pope to Lady Montagu 78
  • Xxiii. Mr. Pope to Lady Montagu 81
  • Xxiii. Mr. Pope to Lady Montagu 90
  • Xxiii. Mr. Pope to Lady Montagu 93
  • Xxiii. Mr. Pope to Lady Montagu 100
  • Xxiii. Mr. Pope to Lady Montagu 104
  • Xxx. to the Abbot ----- 109
  • Xxxi. to the Countess of Bristol 117
  • Xxxi. to the Countess of Bristol 123
  • Xxxi. to the Countess of Bristol 129
  • Xxxi. to the Countess of Bristol 134
  • Xxxi. to the Countess of Bristol 148
  • Xxxi. to the Countess of Bristol 156
  • Xxxi. to the Countess of Bristol 164
  • Xxxi. to the Countess of Bristol 173
  • Xxxi. to the Countess of Bristol 180
  • Xll. Mr. Pope to Lady Montagu 183
  • Xlii. to the Lady Rich 188
  • Xliii. to Mrs. Thistlethwayte 192
  • Xliv. to the Countess of Mar 196
  • Xlv. to the Lady Rich 209
  • Xlvi. to the Countess of Bristol 212
  • Xlvi. to the Countess of Bristol 223
  • Xlvi. to the Countess of Bristol 233
  • Xlvi. to the Countess of Bristol 238
  • Xlvi. to the Countess of Bristol 252
  • Xlvi. to the Countess of Bristol 257
  • Xlvi. to the Countess of Bristol 259
  • Xlvi. to the Countess of Bristol 261
  • Xlvi. to the Countess of Bristol 267
  • Xlvi. to the Countess of Bristol 270
  • Lvi. to the Abbot ----- 273
  • Lvii. to Lady Montagu 275
  • Lviii. to Lady Montagu 276
  • Lix. Mr. Pope to Lady Montagu 276
  • Lix. Mr. Pope to Lady Montagu 281
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