1731 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Matthew Pilkington

Jonathan Swift to Alexander Pope, 12 June 1731; Works of Pope, ed. Warton (1797) 9:223-24.



I forgot to tell you, that the Scheme of paying Debts by a Tax on Vices, is not one syllable mine, but of a young Clergyman whom I countenance; he told me it was built upon a passage in Gulliver, where a Projector hath something upon the same Thought. This young Man is the most hopeful we have: a book of his Poems was printed in London; Dr. D— is one of his Patrons: he is married and has children, and makes up about 100 a year, on which he lives decently. The utmost stretch of his ambition is, to gather up as much superfluous money as will give him a sight of you, and half an hour of your presence; after which he will return home in full satisfaction, and in proper term die in peace.