1735 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. William Broome

Edmund Curll to William Broome, 22 July 1735; Works of Pope, ed. Elwin and Courthope (1871-1889) 8:168.



POPE'S HEAD, IN ROSE STREET, COVENT GARDEN

July 22, 1736.

SIR, — I doubt not but you have heard of the late affair, of which more than our country rings, between Mr. Pope and me, concerning the printing of his letters. A friend of yours last week acquainted me how he evaded his contract of yours with you and Mr. Fenton about the Odyssey. But that was no news, he being as well acquainted with the art of evasion as with the art of poetry. In short, sir, as all mankind admire his poetry, so they are no inclined to punish his perfidy, and the sight of papers sent me daily would surprise you. Two volumes of his literary correspondence are published, and a third is in the press, and if, in justice to yourself, and the memory of Mr. Fenton, you will send me any memorial, it shall be inserted; or if you have any letters which passed between you and Mr. Pope, they shall likewise be inserted, and acknowledged in whatever manner you please by, sir, your humble servant.

[This letter I inclosed to Mr. Pope within the following letter. — BROOME.]