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    Superior Content Two-page Autograph Letter Signed of Alexander Pope One of the great figures of English literature, Alexander Pope (1688-1744) suffered from a tubercular spine. He steadily built up a reputation and earned a fortune with his works. He was the author of The Rape of the Lock and translator of Homer's Illiad and Odyssey. Autograph letter signed, two pages, December 16, 1718, Chiswick. The letter is signed "A. Pope" and is written in clear, dark ink. It reads: "Dear Sir I am afraid by wt you say in yours, that you never received a letter of mine sent about 3 weeks since to thank you for yr kind trouble on my acct. this year. I have been out of town some days, wch has yet hindred my seeing yr. good brother and am still so taken up in... notes, that I can hardly pay common civilities to my friends. Merle is not a little concerned that the Parish officers can question whether any of her rent was rec't before? The last overseers never paid her; Taylor & Osborn promised it but never payd. So that forty shill's from yr Parish this Christmas is due to her of which she hopes, by your assistance, not to be defrauded. She had nothing she last Easter. I am dull enough (after a whole days fatigue) to have nothing to say except to wish you a merry Christmas. But I am not so totally dead to all past obligations as not yet to remember how many woodcocks you have indulged me in about this season, when we drank... & chatted together. I really wish myself a few frosty days in the forest. I shall always be (I assure you) with ancient fidelity and affection Dr Sir Your ever obliged & faithful friend & servant A. Pope." The postscript reads, "My mother is most heartily yours; service to all at Harymore with decent thanks for certain puddings." Accompanied by COA from PSA/DNA.

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