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Phalaris's epistles. Pray read it over, and judge for yourself I)r Swift knowing this matter, pray give my most humble service to Mr Pope, & shew him this, & the Manuscript of the I*' Book; it would rejoice my heart to hear that he was likely to take the Dr to task for meddling with subjects nature had not intended him for. Sure the Dr has forgotten that nobody else has, Mr Hoyle's fine vindication of Phalaris upon which the Dispensary has it "And to a Bentley 'tis we owe a Boyle." I am yet of my former opinion ; the Editions will flag in a little time. The general esteem every one has for the Poem will make an edition go off with my notes—But Bentley's notes if allowed to be right are enough to ruin the esteem for the Author, and I do verily believe that was, & is his design, but equally waives any other of his pretensions.
An edition from Mr Pope would be most joyfully received by the world pray desire him to look into an 8vo book which 1 shewed him, & which I think Ld Oxford has called the Life of Thos- Elwood writ by himself printed for J. Serl in Grace church street, there in Page 145 he gives some account of Milton, and Page 246 more, & relating to Milton's life and writings he says Page 154 he had always a man to read to him, which was usually the son of some gentleman of his acquaintance whom in kindness he took to improve in his learning in confirmation of this last I can give you this true accont I was very intimately acquainted when young, with one M" W: Davenant 2d son to Sir William the Poet, this gentleman was after of Magdalen hall in Oxford, & published a book printed there being a translation relating to old authors in 8vo- He was after unfortunately drowned in France as he was swimming.
This Mr Davenant told me that Mr Milton helped him in his study of the Latin & Greek authors to whom he used to go in order to his learning. That when his Father was in the Tower he was very much afsisted by Mr Milton in his gaining his liberty, & (if I am not very much mistaken) he at the same time told me his Father in return upon the Restoration was very helpful to Milton, & Milton was very acknowledging for it, & upon that score offered his afsistance in doing any thing that should be grateful to Sir William. It was a little after Milton's death he told me this. I had a mind to have seen Milton's books & Mr Davenant went with me in order to it I was then in my prenticeship, & could not go except on a holiday or Sunday, so the next Sunday we went. Mr Milton was some time before then removed from Jewin Street to Moorfields near the Artillery ground, & it being in the afternoon about sermon time, there was nobody at home, & so we returned home. I have often since when at Moorfields cast a look towards that Street, & the houses were then thought such as any substantial trader, or merchant might dwell in.
This is not what the Dr represents hiTn, "as living in a narrow dark room " or chamber, as poor friendlefs.
I believe in Tolands life of him some useful things might be found: he had 2 nephews both indifferent authors.
Phillips once wrote the English dictionary Folio & published a thick i2m°; an account of the Poets ancient, & modern, if in that, Milton should be mentioned it may be relied upon I am indeed at present (it cannot last long) not a little concerned in this Vultures falling upon a Poet that is the admiration of England, and its greatest credit abroad. I must further remark that the Dr has most meanly avoided his Criticism upon the many, and some long quotations of Mr Addisons notes—I dont find that in any of his remarks that in those places The Author could not write as printed—
The printer is not in them named a blunderer, nor any sham Editor supposed. This I mention again having since my fore mentioned hint gone through Mr. Addison's notes, and looked into the Urs- ; pray let me hear further about this matter—any matter though never so trifling about it, would be accptable & if very little in Bulk, perhaps you might get it franked.
Once more my most hearty service to Mr Pope, & hope it will not be said "Pope are you asleep"?
Yr affec,c servant
[january 27TH And Two Following Days, 1904.]
SOTHERY, WILKINSON &■ HODGE.
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