Memoirs of the Life and Writings of Alexander Pope, Esq

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General Books, Mar 6, 2012 - 104 pages
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1745 Excerpt: ...andhow our Language is altered and refined since Dr.' Donne's Time, who was born in LohdanXn the Year 1573, descended from a Very good Family in Wales, and had Parents capable of giving him the best Education, which they did; for at nine Years of Age he was sent to Hart-HM'm Oxfords "having attain'd "' besides besides the Latin and Greek, a Knowledge fn the French Tongue. Here be became acquainted with that great Master of Language and Art, Sir Henry JVotton, with whom he contracted a lasting Friendship-From Oxford he was transplanted to the University of Cambtidge, where he made great Improvements in bis Literature. Coming from thence to London, he was entered of the Society of Lincoln'sJnn, and applied himself to the Study of the Law, but even here, he chiefly employ'd his Time in accomplishing himself with the politer Kinds of Learning. He soon enjoy'd the best Conversation in Town, to whom the Acuteness of his Wit, and the natural Gaiety of his Temper, soon render'd him highly acceptable: In which State of Lise he compos'd most of his Love-Poems. His Father dying andleaving him a pretty handsome Fortune, he travelled into Italy, Spain and other foreign Countries, where he acquired a Persection in those Languages, and returned home with many useful Observations. Being now qualified for the greatest Employments, he was made Secretary to the Lord El/mere, Keeper of the Great Seal; in whose Service he became enamour'd with the Lady El/mere's Neice, Daughter to Sir George Moor, Chancellor of the Garter, and Lieutenant of the Tower, who greatly opposed this Match; yet notwithstanding they were privately married: Which exasperated Sir George to such a Degree, that he prevailed on the Lord Elj'merc to discharge him from his Service, and soon after cas...

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