Rev. Walter Harte

Alexander Pope to Edward Holdsworth, December 1737; Works of Pope, ed. Warton (1796-97) 7:371.

I understand that the Poetry-Professorship in Oxford will be vacant, and that Mr. Harte, of St. Mary Hall, is willing to succeed in it. I think it a condescension in one who practices the art of poetry so well, to stoop to be a critick, and hope the University will do itself the credit to accept of him. Your interest is what I would beg for him as a favour to myself. You, who have used the Muses so ill as to cast them off when they were so kind to you, ought some way to atone, by promoting such good and faithful servants to them in your stead. But if Mr. Harte were not as virtuous and as blameless, as he is capable and learned, I should recommend him with an ill grace to one whose morals only have have hindered him fortune, and whose modesty only prevented his fame. I ever you visit these seats of corruption in and around London, I hope you would favour me with a day or two's retirement hither, where I might try to show you, with what regard I truly am, Sir,