1715 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Alexander Pope

John Gay to Alexander Pope, 8 July 1715; Works of Pope, ed. Elwin and Courthope (1871-1889) 7:417-18.



July 8, 1715.

I have just set down Sir Samuel Garth at the opera. He bid me tell you that everybody is pleased with your translation, but a few at Button's; and that Sir Richard Steele told him, that Mr. Addison said Tickell's translation was the best that ever was in any language. He treated me with extreme civility, and out of kindness gave me a squeeze by the fore-finger. I am informed that at Button's your character is made very free with as to morals, &c., and Mr. A[ddison] says, that your translation and Tickell's are both very well done, but that the latter has more of Homer. I am, &c.