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ly Scribler of the BASTARD, S*****) by making a faithful Report to the Public of the Contents of this FOURTH Volume.

YE are first to obferve, that as the fefuits deduce their Original from St. IGN ATIUS LOYOLA, in like Manner, is Mr. POPE the Founder of this Scheme of Literary Correspondence.

YE are next to affure all Perfons, who are fo kind as to give you Audience, that to prevent the leaft Sufpicion of Spuriofity, they may fee every Letter I have ever printed of Mr. Pope's, in his Own Hand-Writing, not copied either from Twickenham, or, Dover-Street MSS. as Mr. Mingbul the late Librarian will, in Juftice to me, affert.

THIS Volume opens, with the Promised Collection of Hiftorical Letters, from the Revolution, 1688, to the Year 1730.

NEXT follow Original Letters of Bishop Barlow, Bishop Fleetwood, Bishop Atterbury, his Character by Bishop Smalridge, and a Defence of the Newtonian Philofophy, by Mr. Secretary Addison; all which will fubfift by their own Immortal Merit.

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A LOVE-SCENE from Rome fucceeds, being the Original Letters which paffed between King HENRY VIII. and ANNE BOLEYN, with fome Notes thereon; Addreffed to Mr. Pope.

SOME of his own Pieces bring up the Rear, and the COURT-POEMS, compleat this Volume.

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PRAY, with my Refpects to Mr. POPE, tell him I am forry that Ill Health, Ill Humour, Ill Weather, and the Want of a Coach, fhould all confpire to prevent his paying that Vifit to LUCRETIA, which the lately expected from Him; and, tho' she will not by any Means admit of the Term Affectionate, may fubfcribe Himfelf her bumble Servant. The Lady is eloped from her laft Lodging,

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*A noted Caft-off-Punk, of his pious Saint-John.. Mrs. Griffith, alias Butler, alias Lucretia Lindo, who has feveral Letters of Mr. Pope's, not worth Printing.

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but He may hear of his Deary at the Old Place. She hopes the Picture will pleafe, now the Painter has re-touched it.

'Tis ftrange! that ftill our Bard the Truth will shun, For Wrong is Wrong, where-ever it be done,

Adv. from Hor.

Hiftorical Letters.

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LETTER I.

Fune 30, 1688.

OU fee the Upfhot of the Information against the BISHOPS; his Majefty was in the Camp at Hounslow, the Soldiers huzza'd at the News, as loudly as the Mob at WestminsterHall. Mob! did I fay? It was a Multitude of Nobility, Gentry, and Citizens of the beft Note. The King was terribly chagrin'd; he ask'd what Noife was that? They told him, Nothing, but the Soldiers rejoicing at the Acquital of the Bishops. Do you call that Nothing, fays. he? Wright is an excellent Chief; * the Moft Christian King might find him a very ufeful Magiftrate in Languedoc, at this Time. The Command of a Province in Turkey, would admirably fuit his Genius. The Forms of the Law of England were a great Reftraint upon his Zeal;.

He was Lord Chief Justice of the King's-Bench.

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the Spirit of Tyranny in his Office, and Adulation towards his Prince (which generally go together) had fuch an Afcendant over him, that he broke thro' all Decency; he could not converse with Mr. Juftice Powell upon the Points of Law, without mal-treating him: He has fuch an Averfion to poor Sir B. Shower, and had at the fame Time fo little Command of his Temper, that he infulted him, tho' he was for the Profecution. This arbitrary Behaviour of great Magiftrates in filencing Council, whofe Faces they do not like, is of greater Confequence to the Public than People generally seem to apprehend: But a fitter Opportunity of treating the Man ill, could hardly be chofen; for the Generality of the Audience were prejudic'd against him, on Account of the Service he was engaged in, and were therefore prepared to approve of all the ill Ufage that could be offer'd to him: On the other hand, the King had little Occafion for him, for the Sollicitor-General was a Minion, as fcurrilous as Billingsgate, as proftitute and impudent as Drury-Lane. When this Tryal is printed, I hope the odious Colours that the principal Characters will appear in, both at the Bar, and on the Bench, will have a good Effect on the Gentlemen of the Profeffion for the growing Generation, as young Spartans were taught to hate Drunkenness, by feeing the odious Effects of it upon their Slaves. If Judges and Statesmen would only examine themselves by the Faults of those who ftand condemned in Hiftory, and ask Questions like these; Am I Hubert de Burgo? Am I Trefilian? Am I Sejanus? Am I Villers? Am I guilty of the Crime for which this Man's Memory is juftly hated? I fay, were Men thus to reflect, they would forget the Tip-Staves, the Train-bearer

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