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Now should our apology for this publication be as ill received, as the lady's seems to have been by the gentlemen concerned; we fall at least have Her Comfort, of being thanked by the rest of the world. Nor has Mr.P. himself any great cause to think it much offence to his modesty, or reflection on his judgment; when we take care to inform the public, that there are few Letters of his in this collečtion, which were not written under twenty years of age : on the other hand, we doubt not the reader will be much more surprized to find, at

that early period, fo much variety of style, affecting fentiment, and justness of criticism, in pieces which muft bave been writ' in haste, very few perhaps ever reviewed, and none intended for the eye of the public..




Surreptitious and Incorrect Editions of

Mr. Pope's LETTERS.


AMILIAR LETTERS to Henry Cromwell,

Esq. by Mr. Pope, izmo. Printed for Ed.

mund Curl, 1727. [In this are Verses, &c. ascribed to Mr.P. which were not his.] II. Mr. Pope's Literary Correspondence for thirty

years: from 1704 to 1734. Being a Collection of Letters which passed between him and several eminent persons." Printed for E. Curl, 8, 1735, Two editions.

The fame in duodecimo, with cuts. The third edition.

Thefe contain several Letters not genuine.] III. Mr. Pope's Literary Correspondence, Vol. II.

Printed for the same, 8, 1735. [In this volume are no Letters of Mr. Pope's, but a few of those to Mr. Cromwell reprinted; nor any to him, but one said to be Bishop Atterbury's, and another in that Bishop's name, certainly not his: One or two Letters from St. Omer's, advertized of Mr. Pope, but which proved to be only concerning him;" some fcandalous Reflections of one Le Neve on the Legislature, Courts of Juftice, and Church of England, pag. 116, 117. and the Divinity of Christ expressly denied, in pag. 123, 124} With some fcandalous Anecdotes, and a Narrative,


The same in duodecimo. IV. Mr. Pope's Literary Correspondence, Vol. III.

Printed for E. Curl, 8°, 1735. [In this is only one Letter by Mr. Pope to the Duchess of Buckingham, which the publisher fome way procured and printed against her order. It also contains four Letters, intitled, Mr. Pope's to Miss Blounts which are literally taken from an old translation of Voiture's to Mad. Rambouillet.]

- The same in duodecimo. V. Mr. Pope's Literary Correspondence, Vol. IV.

Printed by the same, contains not one Letter of this Author.

The same in duodecimo. VI. Mr. Pope's Literary Correspondence, Vol. V.

containing only one Letter of Mr. P. and another of the Lord B. with a scandalous preface of Curl's, how he could come at more of their Letters, 8o, printed for the same, 1736. VII. Letters of Mr. Pope and several Eminent

Persons, Vol. I. from 1705 to 1711. Printed and fold by the booksellers of London and Westminster, 89, 1735.

The fame, Vol. II. from 1711, &c. Printed and fold by the booksellers of London and Westminster, 8°, 1735.-The same in 12mo,

with a Narrative. VIII. Letters of Mr. Pope and several Eminent

Perfons. From 1795 to 1735. Printed and sold by the bookfellers of London and Westminster, I 2mo, 1735.

[This edition is faid in the title to contain more Letters than any other, but contains only Two, said to be the Bishop of Rochester's, and printed before by Curl.]


IX. Let

Surreptitious and Incorrect Editions, &c. xi IX. Letters of Mr. Pope and several eminent Per

sons. From the year 1705 to 1735, Vol. I. and Vol. II. Printed for T. Cooper, at the Globe in Pater-nofter-Row, 1735, 12mo.

[In this was in ferted the Forged Letter from the Bishop of Rochester, and some other things, unknown to Mr. Pope.]



Prefixed to the First Genuine Edition

in quarto, 1737.

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f what is here offered the reader, should happen

in any degree to please him, the thanks are not due to the author, but partly to his friends, and partly to his enemies : it was wholly owing to the affection of the former, that so many Letters, of which he never kept copies, were preserved ; and to the malice of the latter, that they were produced in this manner.

He had been very disagreeably used, in the publication of some Letters written in his youth, which fell into the hands of a woman who printed them, without his, or his correspondent's confent, in 1727. This treatment, and the apprehension of -more of the fame kind, put him upon recalling as many as he could from those who he imagined had kept any. He was forry to find the number fo great, but immediately leffened it by burning three parts in four of them: the rest he spared, not in any preference of their style or writing, but merely as they preserved the memory of some friendships which will ever be dear to him, or set in a true light some matters of fact, from which the scriblers of the times had taken occasion to asperse either his friends or himself. He therefore lay'd by the Originals, together with those of his correspondents, and caused


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