1733 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Robert Dodsley

Alexander Pope to Robert Dodsley, 5 February 1733; Works of Pope, ed. Elwin and Courthope (1871-1889) 5:535.



5 Feb. 1732-33.

SIR,

I was very willing to read your piece [The Toyshop], and do freely tell you I like it, so far as my particular judgment goes. Whether it has action enough to please on the stage, I doubt; but the morality and satire ought to be relished by the reader. I will do more than you ask me: I will recommend it to Mr. Rich. If he can join it to any play, with suitable representations, to make it an entertainment, I believe he will give you a benefit night; and I sincerely wish it may be turned any way to your advantage, or that I could shew you my friendship in any instance.

I am, &c.