1720 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Jabez Hughes

Alexander Pope to Jabez Hughes, 26 February 1720; Duncombe, ed. Letters by Several Eminent Persons (1772; 1773) 1:279.



Feb. 26, 1719-20.

SIR,

I cannot omit the acknowledgment I really think I owe your great civility, especially at so melancholy and affecting a moment, as that of your worthy brother's death must have been to you. Indeed, even his common acquaintance must have known enough of him to regret his loss; and I most heartily condole with you upon it. I believe, I am further obliged to you for his play, which I received yesterday, and read over again with more concern and sorrow than I ever felt in the reading of any tragedy. The real loss of a good man may be called a distress to the world, and ought to affect us more than any feigned or ancient distress, how finely drawn soever. I am glad of an occasion to give you, under my hand, this testimony, both how excellent I think this work to be, and how excellent I thought the author. I am, with my hearty thanks to you, Sir,

Your most obliged

and most humble servant,

A. POPE.