1706 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Alexander Pope

Jacob Tonson to Alexander Pope, 20 April 1706; St. James's Chronicle (8 July 1775).



SIR,

I have lately seen a Pastoral of yours in Mr. Walsh's and Congreve's Hands, which is extremely fine, and is approved of by the best Judges in Poetry. I remember I have formerly seen you at my Shop, and am sorry I did not improve my Acquaintance with you. If you design your Poem for the Press, no Person shall be more careful in the Printing of it, nor no one can give greater Encouragement to it than, Sir,

Your most obedient humble Servant,

JACOB TONSON.

Gray's-Inn Gate,

April the 20th, 1706.