1713 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Hughes

Richard Blackmore to John Hughes, 11 November 1713; Duncombe, ed. Letters by Several Eminent Persons (1772; 1773) 1:122-23.



Nov. 11, 1713.

SIR,

When the assistance I offered to you and Mr. Addison was declined by both, I resolved, by the aid of another friend, to publish a paper three times a week, and to own that I had some hand in it. Accordingly this design has been twice publicly advertised. The paper is called the Lay Monk; and now, I believe, the tenderness of your friendship, joined with your diffidence of success, begins to put you in pain, and make you tremble for me. But I intreat you to dismiss all concern of that nature, for I can run no risk. I am not determined by desire of fame, or profit, to undertake this difficult and hazardous province, but I have other views, which I am under obligations to pursue, though I should run a greater venture than I do now. If I miscarry, I am but where I was; if I succeed, I shall have the satisfaction of accomplishing a design that I have formed for public good.

I am, Sir,

Your humble servant,

RD. BLACKMORE.