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    Alexander Pope Autograph Letter Signed. One page with integral address cover, 7.25" x 8.75", Southampton [England]; August 26 [1735]. A letter from Pope to Samuel Buckley, London, concerning the health of Lord Peterborough, with whom he was visiting in Southampton. He writes: "This is partly to tell you I received the last marks of yr. kind Readiness to oblige me, in yr. notes & yr. Books ye send me: but it was just as I was taking Coach for Southampton, where to take leave (I fear my last) of my Lord Peterborrow. I write from his Couch-side, where he lies in great pain sometimes, but in spirit still & talks of answering ye misrepresentations of Bish: Burnet's History before he dies. Tis hard, yt when a great Man has labored thro a life of public service or cares, the first scenes of it are liable to ye Envy of Contemporaries, & ye last to ye Caprice of Historians. I really think it worth no man's while to do any great or good action for any other motive than the inward satisfaction of his own conscience in ye good done. I am always / Sir yr. obliged & faithful Servt. / A. Pope."

    Alexander Pope (1688-1744) was a famous 18th century English poet noted for his satiric verse, his translation of Homer, and numerous works, such as Essay on Criticism, Essay on Man, The Rape of the Lock, The Dunciad, and an edition of the works of Shakespeare.

    Charles Mordaunt, 3rd Earl of Peterborough (1658-1735) was an English nobleman and military leader. He as a friend and correspondent of Pope's and called Pope to his bedside during his last months, which helps date this letter. In a letter to William Fortescue, dated August 23, 1735, three days before this letter to Buckley, Pope mentioned that he was "summoned to take leave (I fear my last) to Lord Peterborough." [The Works of Alexander Pope, Esq. London, 1806. Vol 10: 190]. Lord Peterborough died in October 1735.

    Condition: The letter has horizontal and vertical folds, with professional restoration adding paper to two areas on the integral cover where the wax seal was torn open, and along the bottom of the first page not affecting any text.


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    Samuel Buckley (1674?-1741) was an English printer and editor who was the printer of the Daily Courant, the first daily newspaper in England, Scotland, and Oreland. Buckley and Pope were long-time friends who shared an interest in gardening and publishing.



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