1780 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Alexander Pope

Thomas Davies, in Life of Garrick (1780) 2:202.



Pope's implacable malevolence to Cibber will be ever recorded to his dispraise. When Cibber was preparing his letter to Pope, which afterwards made so much noise, the latter was extremely anxious to know the contents of it. When Mr. Richardson the painter, and his son, paid an accidental visit to Pope at Twickenham, he had just received the pamphlet from the press. To shew his intrepidity, he would read it to his guests: Mr. Richardson observed, that, notwithstanding all his endeavours to hide his uneasiness, he never saw a man under a greater agony and distress of mind; the consequence was, that he devoted his time so incessantly to the alteration of his Dunciad, to throw out Theobald the old King Log, and introduce King Colley into the throne, that he hurt his health, and spoiled several admired passages of that poem.