1742 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Lord Chesterfield

Alexander Pope, in The Dunciad (1742); Works, ed. Warton (1796-97) 5:234 & n.



For Dr. Jortin's Erasmus, which I have very nearly finished, it has given me a good opinion of the author, and he has given me a very bad opinion of his subject. By the Doctor's labour and impartiality, Erasmus appears a begging parasite, who had parts enough to discover truth, and not courage enough to profess it: whose vanity made him always writing; yet his writings ought to have cured his vanity, as they were the most abject things in the world. "Good Erasmus's honest mean" was alternate time-serving. I never had thought much about him, and now heartily despise him.