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I should indeed blush to bring any charges upon such palpable exaggerations, magnified by my own spleen.-Yes, and I should do more than blush; I should think the hand that wrote, and the heart that dictated, ought to wither, before I could coolly sit down to impute motives to a commentator or poet, from a professed satire, as this unblushing critic has done to me. I should do more than blush, if I had repeated so often, what I knew to be false ; for it is as false to say i had endeavoured to rob Pope of his virtues, as it is to say I asserted he was " no Great Poet." Why do I give myself this trouble? It will be all in vain. The next critic, as ingenuous and honorable as this, will assert the same falsehood, which has been so often refuted, that I and my kindhearted master, now beyond the reach of this paltry untruth, have denied that Pope was " a Great Poet," when we have only denied he was the GREATEST!

Of this we shall speak more by-and-by; but whether I were critic or commentator, I should indeed

“Hang my head,

“ And Blush to think myself a man," if, knowing my charges would be read by thousands, to whom the vindication would never come, I had described a commentator so malignant as to charge the poet, whose life he was writing, with taking a BRIBE to suppress a satire,” when I knew, and could not but know, that that commentator had expressed (besides his indignation that such a charge should be made, which sentiment has been grossly perverted) his utter disbelief of it, to prove which 'I call the reader's attention to the passage quoted in my answer to Campbell, which in other respects this writer has read with sufficient acuteness.

How dare such an “unblushing calumniator” not only pervert the honest expressions of my feelings, but attribute to me, that I had charged Pope with “ taking a bribe to suppress a satire,” who have recorded in vain, in two publications, my disbelief!

“ Ope circumstance is mentioned by Horace Walpole, which, if true, was indeed flagitious : Walpole informs Gray, that the character of Arossa was shown to the Duchess of Buckingham and the Duchess of Marlborough; that Pope received a thousand pounds from the Duchess of Marlborough, promising, on these terms to suppress it; that he took the money and then published it!”

I had already expressed warmly what I felt at the baseness of sach transaction, IF TRUE; not at all implying that I believed it true. My “ Life” contains the following remarks on it, and these VOL. XVII. Pum. NO. XXXIlI. F


remarks are republished in the letter to Campbell; and here is a man, who has sead those remarks, and baving first perverted my obvious meaning, tells me I charge. Pope with 21 taking a bribe ! to suppress a satire, and then publishing it."vil adi goa dud artita id

Here then, again, I must quote, my, own words i eqo bət99jat. 18" A story so base ought not for a moment

to be admitted,

solely on the testimony of Walpole,

till there is other proof, þesides the assertion of Walpole,

the same, candour, which made us reject whatyvupoix no better foundation, was said of Addison, ought to inake us rejects

with equal readiness, the belief of a circumstance SO DEROGA TORX to the character of Pope ge uswadeisd, aki 250" Whatever can be proved ought not to be rejected : whatever (charge) has no other foundation than the : ipse dixit

dixit of an adversary is jentitled to NGEBEGARD." Note on Pope, Let me now ask, how could any one, with the

with the honorable feelings of an honest heart, keep in the dark, purposely, this testimony in Pope's faver : I say purposely, for the Widos motore out of which,

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picked every thing that he thought would he has

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appear prejudiced, and studiously omitted whatever Wonogih

own unjust and exasperated prejudice? How could any one, I repeat, without feelings of deep, deep shame - Without being lost and dead to every sense of candid or generous feelings or bold up and emblazoti; to the broad day, with colors, furnished from his own distempering and distortingspleen," every thing, a sacred regard to truth made me say, which might appear derogatory to Pope's ' amiable character, and set shut his eyes, on purpose, to those passages where I have denied the charges brought unustly agaips him, or spoken of bis xistues. I should indeed have. "BLUSHE to have acted in this manner, o 9.697 vs. 220gat 329 de

The distich on Sappho, which this very writer calls tog preinde cate to transcribe," I leave for him to reconcile to Pope s purity, which I have “ aspersed;" and observe, reader, because I had spoken of his unmanly conduct to a lady whom he once idolised, how this sanie

anie writer destants! 9913lvónői to sing s:T 200mla MROD SHacked spoke with indignation,

, and ever will, of this cowardly attack, * in lines which this purist

transcribe," against Sappho ; and I that Pope knew the couplet was universally applied to Lady Mary, and to her alone. Pope received from Lord'Peterbordagli the most pressing remonstranice, as from a friend and gallant Cavalier, not to let the disgraceful couplet” remain, and this fact'alone, in opposition to



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all advanced by the Reviewer, is sufficient in the eyes of common sense, to fix the application of the couplet, not on the first Sappho," Mrs. Thomas,"

for she was dead! and beyond the reach of satire; but on the living, the accomplished Sapphos who had rejected Pope's preposterous addressed in InSPE 90 91 H

And here i assert, ubwarrantably as I may haven " attacked Pope, for his conduct to Lady Mary, I have said nothing against him half so depreciating as this critic's own représentation:

his letters to her Ladyship, the stages of his erotio fever may be noted by the statements of the patient himself; perhaps it was at its height, when, speaking of the congeniality of their minds,' the tormented poet put his case to her hypothetically, if the can overlook a wretched body! Sirds routehmigt udio on esd (sgtets)

“We conjecture this was the precise moment when a rude burst of laughter awoke him from the PARADISE Of Fools." As I had no doubt of the fact thus stated, I liave shown this was my opinion;

1 but I have not touched on it in a manner balf so disparaging to Pope! ឡាន

daidw to 3o And now we enter on the famous quarrel with Addison. When we look with regret on the numerous macula" on Pope's pageiWho samo esW

who can avoid repeating, baituo ylevoivate bus byibuiərq 29991 I 900 Moblyer Excuse some courtly stains, zona bus laujas Cod gnisd Juodi No whiter page than Addison's remainşcies suodaiwan When we turn to his works, when we remember the virtuous impression generally excited by his name, band find his character in accordance with his page; when we remember he filled a high post in public life, and yet was 'venerated and beloved by those who were pablicly opposed to him when his generous conduct to Swift, in Treland, is remembered, the silence of political adversaries, and the warmth of so many endeared friends, and whilst glowing with these feelings, when we are carried to his death-bed, in that mansion, now inbabited by an accomplished, antiable, classical nobleman, and repeat with Tickel, ovsk !

divast ut of 920539d 1918.9T 31192do bris "b9219986 87 gvsd tidla obi 99166 Hertaught us How TO LIVEJOnd oh, how high tinwone

“ The price of knowledge, TAUGHT US HOW F pagit en 59 jis vis 10242 be allowed to the res collection of the pure, and kind, and accomplished, and Christian, , bar have the best the character of

way to e those, whose tale of days is endedto compare what is said of them by friend or foe! But it really appears to me, that the mode in which departed worth is estimated by this writer, is to take for granted what is said by enemies, against those we wish to

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With these feelings some predilection may be



depress, and listen to the idolising plaudits only, of the most partial
friends of those we choose to exalt.
Thus the man takes a few sayings of those who were the least

органите To big аяааяр friendly, and says, “How like is Pope's character of Atticus!".

Pope's verses to Addison, on Medals, with the elegant adulation of his friend Craggs, may be brought as a proof of

of his disinterested praise. But it must, at the same time, be remembered, how warmly does Addison

n in

the Spectator speak of Pope's early productions. He was, moreover, eminent in the political as well as the literary world." In such a situation, and with such a character, uto whom would a

elegant testimony of classical encomium

Pope's meeting, after the quarrel with Addison, 1 set plainly before the reader the account which is left us. And

repeat, nis pot
Addison, or any of his friends, but by the admirer and idolizer of
Pope.311131910 amoa ms26qque igre
I say, again, let any unbiassed man, read only the account of this

BY id not bohne memorable meet ought to be condemned, for judging according

by Pope's partial friend, and then declare to that very document, which Pope's own friend furnished, and on which my opinion was founded.

I have
e the same right to espresscoandal: of blojesw 1
o express my opinion as

writer has to express his. I have added nothing; I have concealed poinoribHe has done

both : he has added exaggerations, and he has wilfully y concealed what suited his

purpose to a DED

conceal i and when he charges

CHARACTERISTIC of Pope, I charge him, and I think he stands
convicted of wilfully aggravating every charge against me, 1990
I will now candidly

y lay before the public, to whom I am forced
to make this appeal, the real reason of that exclamation, which has
excited such a tone of sarcastic reproof, when this critic says <Lis-
ten to Mr. Bowles—a sort
for every

STOMS donnental critico oldet tremble

I Now listen to Mr. BOWLES tell this "unsentimental sort of a critic” what

• WLES AGAIN, and he will ingenuously this exclamation.

S od vse

Case What moved him to make In looking over Addison's and Pope's Livestochenenuils dotes, particularly detractive, were come out yes, whenever any

aneccharacters we have been

on looking to the foot of the page, 1 invariably found—“ Spence! SPENCE! SPENCE!"no se Addison, in consonancy with his character,

virengaged," says Johnson, “ in a nobler work-a Defence of the Christian Religion."

hond 99, This, and another pious composition, Pope imputed to a SELFISH MOTIVE! He says he believed this, " on the credit of Ton

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,” who having quarrelled with Addison, said, " he intended to reason of Addison's writing -- in Defence of the Christian RELIGION! for Tonson always believed him a Priest in his HEART!" Look at the bottom of the page and you sees Spence! Prior is only fit to make deres


9815y bay « with whom he cohabited was a despicable di

drab of the lowest species." SPENCE! « Phillips, says Pope,

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seemed to have been encouraged to abuse me, in coffee-houses and conversations."-SPENCE!

OYUO V no * Addison and Steele, to echo him,, used to DRYDEN

Gay, by request, attended Addison on his death-bed,

90 viderloislaan hegoebb A LA (ligup Addison told him he HAD INJURED him! He did not explain

injury was; but Gay supposed that some preferment, intended for him, was, by ADDISON'S UNTERVENTION, Withstory of "Addison's ungenerous treatment of Steele,

19 told in Spence; but, in a late edition, is know no other authority for itago de raceas. Hope; and

It was told to Johnson by a person whose name is not given. to this pameless person it

on it was told by Lady Primrose; Steele told bher with tears in his eyes; it was confirmed to the anonymous author of a note in Johnson's Lives, by Dr. Stenton, who said he had it from Hooke, who had it—FROM Pope, sto su

Had I been disposed to attack Pope, as I am described, “a loutrance, I think I could have brought more proofs than I have done, of something that looks more like visingenuous carping at Addison's fame, than appears from Addison towards him. I am sure, if lhad' sat down, not with a sacred regard to truth, but on purpose to aggravate his faults, and to surmise away every amiable quality, Icould not have been more abused, by those whosé rancour can be only accounted for by supposing they share all Popescunamiable qualities, without his virtues or his genius,

I have thought It necessary to say so much, to show the nature of my feelings when 1 hastile splenex Spence's Anecdotes, and the criticis is welcome to his

jocularity Having declared I did not believe the charge against Pope, which was indeed " infamous, if true;" I may, I hope, be allowed to say, I do not believe one syllable of all that is charged against Addison or Prior, the authority being only one, and, in the

case of Addison, that of an enemy, but Spence's Anecdotes,

s, where these and other accusations are heaped against eminent men, seen, as they were; without any'

accompanying or enlivening circumstances, such as now appear, when the amusing gossip is read as a whole,

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