1743 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Richard Savage

Alexander Pope to Richard Savage, 1743; Works of Pope, ed. Elwin and Courthope (1871-1889) 10:102.



I must be sincere with you, as our correspondence is now likely to be closed. Your language is really too high, and what I am not used to from my superiors; much too extraordinary for me, at least sufficiently so to make me obey your commands, and never more presume to advise or meddle in your affairs, but leave your own conduct entirely to your own judgment. It is with concern I find so much misconstruction joined with so so much resentment in your nature. You still injure some whom you had known many years as friends, and for whose intentions I would take upon me to answer; but I have no weight with you, and cannot tell how soon (if you have not already) you may misconstrue all I can say or do; and I see in the case how unforgiving you are, I desire to prevent this in time.