persons, to see if they have any of the best fort of pride left, namely, to serve learning and merit, and by that means distinguish themselves from their predecessors.

I am, &c.


Mr. Pope to Mr. ALLE N.

I am


March 6. Thank you very kindly for yours.

sure we shall meet with the same hearts we ever met; and I could wish it were at Twickenham, tho’ only to see you and Mrs. Allen twice there instead of once. But, as matters have turned out, a decent obedience to the government has fince obliged me to refide here, ten miles out of the capital ; and therefore I must see you here or no where. Let that be an additional reason for your coming and staying what time

The utmost I can do, I will venture to tell you in

Nide along the Surrey fide (where no Middlesex justice can pretend any cognizance ) to Battersea, and thence cross the water for an hour or two, in a close chair, to dine with you, or so. But to be

you can.

your ear.

I may

in town, I fea", will be imprudent, and thought infolent. At least, hitherto, all comply with the proclamation a.

I write thus early, that you may let me know if your day continues, and I will have every room in my house as warm for you as the owner always would be. It may possibly be, that I shall be taking the secret flight I speak of to Battersea, before you come, with Mr. Warburton, whom I have promised to make known to the only great man in Europe, who knows as much as He. And from thence we may return the 16th, or any day, hither, and meet you, without fail, if you fix

I would not make ill health come into the scale, as to keeping me here (tho', in truth, it now bears very hard upon me again, and the least accident of cold, or motion almost, throws me into a very dangerous and suffering condition.) God send you long life, and an easier enjoyment of your breath than I now can expect, I fear, &c.

your day.

a On the Invasion, at that time threatened from France and the Pretender.

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Mr. P O PE





April 11, 1739, Have just received from Mr. R. two more of your Letters a.

It is in the greatest hurry imaginable that I write this, but I cannot help thanking you in particular for your

Third Letter, which is so extremely clear, short, and full, that I think Mr. Crouzaz b ought never to have another answer, and deserved not so good

I can only say, you do him too much honour, and me too much right, so odd as the expression seems, for

an one.

a Commentaries on the Essay on Man.

b A Swiss professor who

wrote remarks upon the philosophy of that Elay.



have made my system as clear as I ought to have done and could not. It is indeed the same system as mine, but illustrated with a ray of your own, as they say our natural body is the same still when it is glorified. I am sure I like it better than I did before, and so will every man else. I know I meant just what you explain, but I did not explain my own meaning so well as you. You understand me as well as I do myself, but you express me better than I could express myself. Pray accept the sincerest acknowledgments. I cannot but wish these letters were put together in one book, and intend (with your leave) to procure a translation of part, at least, or of all of them into French ~; but I shall not proceed a step without your consent and opinion, &c.



May 26, 1739. HE dissipation in which I am obliged to

live through many degrees of civil obligation, which ought not to rob a man of himtelf who passes for an independent one, and

• They were all transated | tion, who is now in a very into that language by a eminent station in his own French gentleman of condi- country. Y 3


yet make me every body's servant more than my own: This, Sir, is the occasion of

my filence to you, to whom I really have inore obligation than to almost any man. By writing, indeed, I proposed no more than to tell you my sense of it: As to any corrections of your Letters, I could make none, but what refulted from inverting the Order of them, and those expressions relating to myself which I thought exaggerated. I could not find a word to alter in the last Letter, which I return'd immediately to the Bookseller. I must particu

you for the mention you have made of me in your Postscript d to the last Edition of the Legation of Moses. I am much more pleased with a compliment that links me to a virtuous Man, and by the best similitude, that of a good mind (even a better and stronger tye than the fimilitude of studies) than I could be proud of any other whatsoever. May that independency, charity, and competency attend you, which sets a good priest above a bishop, and truly makes his Fortune; that is, his happiness in this life as well as in the other.

larly thank

· He means, a Vindication in which the Editor applied of the Author of the Divine to himself those lines in the Legation, against some papers | Epistle to Dr. Arbuthnot, in the Weekly Miscellany : Me let the tender office long engage, &c.


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