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The room called the Study, was evidently altered for Pope's convenience. The stone mullions and foliated heads of the windows were taken out, and plain wooden ones introduced, and the room entirely wainscoted. The middle story (which remains in its original state) is not wainscoted, but whitewashod. On the opposite page is a sketch of the study.
At the time when Pope visited Stanton-Harcourt, and wrote his graphic description of it to Lady Mary Wortley Montagu (see Vol. I. p. 133 of this edition) the old tower formed part of the mansion of Lord Harcourt, but towards the latter end of the last century the whole of the house, with the exception of this tower, and the very remarkable kitchen, with a small portion adjoining, was pulled down, and the site has been converted into a garden. The original gateway has been transformed into a parsonage-house.
SAVAGE.-It may be worth mentioning, as further illustrating the interest which Pope took in the fortunes of Savage, that a narrative of the unfortunate duel in which one Mr. James Sinclair was killed, and for which Savage and a Mr. Gregory were convicted of murder, exists at Maple-Durham, in Pope's handwriting. The statement fills two large folio pages, but contains no new facts, and is apparently copied, for the satisfaction of the ladies at Maple-Durham, from some periodical of the day.
GRAY'S OPINION OF Pope.-Mr. Rogers has transcribed, in a blank leaf of his copy of Warton's Pope, the following passage in one of Gray's letters to Walpole :-“I can say no more for Mr. Pope (for what you keep in reserve may be worse than all the rest). It is natural to wish the finest writer-one of them—we ever had, should be an honest man. It is the interest even of that virtue, whose friend he professed himself, and whose beauties he sung, that he should not be found a dirty animal. But, however, this is Mr. Warburton's business, not mine, who may scribble his pen to the stumps, and all in vain, if these facts are so. It is not from what he told me about himself that I thought well of him, but from a humanity and
goodness of heart, ay, and greatness of mind, that runs through his private correspondence, not less apparent than are a thousand little vanities and weaknesses mixed with those good qualities, for nobody ever took him for a philosopher.” In Mr. Norton Nicholl's remini. scences of Gray we have similar testimony: “Pope's translation of the Iliad stood very high in his estimation; and when he heard it criticized as wanting the simplicity of the original, or being rather a paraphrase than a translation, and not giving a just idea of the poet's style and manner, he always said, “There would never be another translation of the same poem equal to it.' He liked the poetry of Pope in general, and approved an observation of Shenstone, that 'Pope had the art of condensing a thought.' He said of his letters, that they were not good letters, but better things. He thought that Pope had a good heart, in spite of his peevish temper." l Pope's filial affection, his manly and liberal sentiments on religious toleration, and his contempt for infidel philosophers and affected virtuosi, were features in his character that must have won the approbation and even the love of Gray. His choice, condensed expression, and fine diction, must also have delighted one who was no less accomplished in those graces of the poet and scholar. It is to be regretted that we have no record of the personal intercourse between Gray and Pope, alluded to in the first of the above extracts. It was probably slight, as Gray did not return from his continental tour till September, 1741, and afterwards resided chiefly at Cambridge. Walpole's charge against the poet's memory most likely referred to the affair of the Duchess of Marlborough and the imputed bribe of £1000, as related in Walpole's Reminiscences. (See Life of Pope in this edition, vol. i. p. 301.) Most of the critics who have honoured this edition of Pope's Works with their notice, reject the supposition that the poet accepted a sum of money from the Duchess of Marlborough for suppressing the character of Atossa. The evidence on the other side seems, however, since the publication of the Marchmont Papers, to be conclusive; and the Editor can only beg a careful and dispas sionate consideration of the facts.
i Gray's Works, vol. v. p. 37. Pickering, 1843.
AARON Hill's appreciation of Pope's Annuity settled by Pope on Teresa Blount
for six years, i. 53.
Appearance of the New Dunciad, i. 276.
Aquina3, good repartee of, ii. 204.
Arabella Fermor, heroine of the Rape of the
Lock, i. 83.
Arbuthnot (Dr.), epistle addressed to, i. 222.
Arbuthnot's last letter to Pope, i. 223.
Aristotle, the philosophy of, expelled Ox-
Arnall (William), life and death of, iii. 217.
bury, i. 174.
under the name of, ii. 92.
Atossa, Pope bribed to repress the charac-
to the Imitations of Horace, iv. 12%. upon Lord Hervey, i. 220.
to the first Epistle of ihe Second Book upon Pope by Dennis, ii. 2.9.
Atterbury presents his Bible to Pope, i.
(Bishop), friendship for Pope, i. 133.
Author's preface to the first collected edi-
- to the second volume of poems, ii. 7.
BAD writers, tenderness to, iii. 196.
Barnard (Sir John), memoir of, iv, 150.
Bath (Earl of), notice of the, iv. 215.
Dryden, by Southern, ii. 283; Dennis, Bath, the Wife of, ii. 73.
Bethel (Mr.), account of, iv. 140.
Binfield, residence of the poet's father at, Chaucer, Pope's translations from, ii. 52, 73.
Chesterfield (Lord), memoir of, iv. 215.
speech against the Dramatic Licens-
Chimney-sweeps (the) and the Duchess of
Chorus of youths and virgins, ii. 176.
Cibber (Charlotte), memoir of, iii. 225.
Cibber (Theophilus), memoir of, ii. 225.
--- play of the Nonjuror, i. 149.
tragedies, &c., iii. 190.
his name, iii. 130.
Clifton, description of, i. 263.
Cobham, memoir of Lord, iv. 14.
Collected edition of Pope's poems published,
Colley Cibber's epitaph on Pope, i. 300.
Completion of the Iliad, i. 156.
Compliment eventually paid to Addison by
Pope, i. 106.
Congreve, lines on the death of, i. 4.
Construction of the Dunciad, i. 194.
Controversy regarding Pope's intimacy with
Corbet, epitaph on Mrs., ii. 299.
Correspondence of Pope, mystery regard-
ing the, i. 228. 236.
Cowley, youthful composition of, ii. 10.
Craggs (James), memoir of, ii. 271.
Criticisms on Wycherley's works, i. 25.
Cromwell's neglect of Pope's correspond-
ence, i. 37.
Curll (Edward) and the Court Poems, iii.
Curll twice outwitted by Pope, i. 241.
buys, iii. 175.
zlauderous atiаck on Pope, i. 150.