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To previous labourers in the same field of literature my obligations are numerous. Much of the information in this volume has of course been extracted from the earlier library editions; but much is also derived from contemporary sources. Nothing testifies more strongly to the enduring popularity of Pope's poetry, than the care and ability which have been expended on the cheaper editions of his works. The edition of the late Mr. Carruthers is noteworthy, not only for the extent and general accuracy of the information which it produces in a popular form, but also as being the first edition in which the conflicting evidence as to Pope's character is subjected to anything like a rigorous examination. The excellent Globe edition, the work of Professor Ward, is too well known to require notice from me; and the same may be said of the admirable notes on the Satires, written by the Rector of Lincoln College, Oxford, and published by the Clarendon Press, which ought to be in the hands of every student of Pope. Of Mr. Leslie Stephen's 'Pope' in the 'English Men of Letters' series, I have said more in my General Introduction, and while dissenting decidedly from some of his conclusions, I gladly take the opportunity of acknowledging the advantage I have derived from the great literary ability with which he has reduced very stubborn materials into a readable and popular shape. To him, as to the other writers I have mentioned,
I owe more than can appear on the surface; but whenever any of the information in my commentary has been consciously obtained solely from external sources, I have indicated the quarter from which it comes; those notes, which, from the exercise of independent judgment, memory, or research, I have felt might be considered as my own, unsigned.
W. J. C.
A CONSIDERATION OF THE ACCOUNT GIVEN BY WARBURTON OF POPE'S
DESIGN FOR THE GREATER ESSAY ON MAN, SHOWING THE PLACE
Introductory Notice.-Remarks of Warburton-Johnson-Bowles
-Roscoe.-Examination of the merits of Warburton's transposi-
EPISTLE II. OF THE CHARACTERS OF WOMEN.-TO A LADY.
Introductory Notice.-Remarks of Warburton-Warton-Johnson.
-An Inquiry into the circumstances attending the publication of the
Character of Atossa-Characters of Philomede and Chloe-General
EPISTLE III.-OF THE USE OF RICHES.-TO ALLEN, LORD BATHURST 117
Introductory Notice.-Remarks of Warton-Johnson. --Warbur
ton's transpositions and alterations in the form of the Epistle-Philo-
sophical defects of the Essay-Obligations to Mandeville-Its
Poetical merits-Its satire on the Monied Interest-Its Party Spirit.
Introductory Notice.-Remarks of Warburton-Bowles. -Dis-
cussion as to the Character of Timon-Remarks upon the principles of
EPISTLE V.-TO ROBERT, EARL OF OXFORD, AND EARL MORTIMER
Introductory Notice.-Letters between Pope and Lord Oxford,
Introductory Notice.-Enquiry as to the date of the Composition
-First Draft of the Epistle-Subsequent alterations in the design
EPISTLE X.-TO THE SAME (ON HER LEAVING THE TOWN AFTER
Introductory notice.-Enquiry as to the person to whom the
Epistle was originally addressed --As to the authenticity of the addi-
EPISTLE TO DR. ARBUTHNOT (BEING THE PROLOGUE TO THE SATIRES) 229
Introductory Notice.-Remarks of Johnson.-Examination of the
truth of Pope's Advertisement to the Epistle-Character of Atticus
-Fragment in the Miscellanies-Date of Composition-General
IMITATIONS OF HORACE-SATIRE I.-To MR. FORTESCUE.
Introductory Notice.-Pope's account of the Composition.-
Remarks of Johnson.-A consideration of Pope's motives in the Imita-
tions Discussion as to his relations with the persons satirised-
M. W. Montagu-Lord Hervey-Lady Deloraine-Judge Page.
THE SIXTH EPISTLE OF THE FIRST BOOK OF HORACE.-TO MR.
THE FIRST EPISTLE OF THE FIRST BOOK OF HORACE.-TO LORD
IMITATIONS OF HORACE.-BOOK II., SATIRE VI.-THE FIRST PART
IMITATED IN THE YEAR 1714 BY DR. SWIFT; THE LATTER PART
Remarks of Warburton- Warton - Johnson.-
Enquiry into the Truth of Pope's statement in Advertisement to the
EPILOGUE TO THE SATIRES.-IN TWO DIALOGUES
Introductory Notice.-Remarks of Johnson-Warton-Bowles—
Roscoe.-General Remarks-Plan of the Satire-Its Irony-Its Party
Introductory Notice.-Remarks of Malone-Warton.-General