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Alexander Pope Efq.





Printed for H. LINTOT, J. and R. TONSON,
and S. DRAPER.






R. POPE, in his last illness, amused himself, amidst the care of his higher concerns, in preparing a corrected and complete Edition of his Writings; and, with his usual delicacy, was even folicitous to prevent any fhare of the offence they might occafion, from falling on the Friend whom he had engaged to give them to the Public".

"I own the late encroachments upon my con"stitution make me willing to fee the end of all further "care about me or my works. I would reft for the "one in a full refignation of my being to be disposed "of by the Father of all Mercy; and for the other

(though indeed a trifle, yet a trifle may be fome ex"ample) I would commit them to the candour of a fen"fible and reflecting judge, rather than to the malice "of every fhort-fighted and malevolent critic, or inad"vertent and cenforious Reader. And no hand can fet "them in fo good a light, &c." Let. cxx. to Mr. W. "I also give and bequeath to the faid Mr. War"burton, the property of all fuch of my Works already printed as he hath written or fhall write Commenta"ries or Notes upon, and which I have not otherwise "difpofed of or alienated; and as he fhall publish st WITHOUT FUTURE ALTERATIONS." His laft Will

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In discharge of this truft, the Public has here a complete Edition of his Works; executed in fuch a manner, as, I am perfuaded, would have been to his fatisfaction.

The Editor hath not, for the fake of profit, fuffered the Author's Name to be made cheap by a Subfcription; nor his Works to be defrauded of their due Honours by a vulgar or inelegant Impression; nor his memory to be difgraced by any pieces unworthy of his talents or virtue. On the contrary, he hath, at a very great expenfe, ornamented this Edition with all the advantages which the best Artists in Paper, Printing, and Sculpture could beftow upon it.

If the Public hath waited longer than the deference due to it fhould have fuffered, it was owing to a reason which the Editor need not make a fecret. It was his regard to the family-interefts of his deceafed Friend. Mr. Pope, at his death, left large impreffions of feveral parts of his Works, unfold; the property of which was adjudged to belong to his Executors; and the Editor was willing they fhould have time to difpofe of them to the

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