The Poetical Works of Alexander Pope, with a Life, by a Dyce, Volume 1

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This historic book may have numerous typos or missing text. Not indexed. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1863. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... he should ride daily: he followed the advice, and was soon restored to health. When the circumstances just related occurred, Pope was about seventeen; and upwards of twenty years after, he repaid the kindness of Southcote, by procuring for him, through the interference of Sir Robert Walpole, the nomination to an abbey in Avignon. While resident in the Forest, Pope became acquainted with Sir William Trumbull, who had now retired from public life to his native place, Easthamstead, in the neighbourhood of Binfield.1 He possessed a very cultivated mind; and from the similarity of their tastes, a friendship was speedily formed between the statesman of sixty and the youthful poet, which terminated only with Sir William's death. They were in the habit of reading, conversing on the classics, and riding out together. By Sir William Trumbull our author was in 1" Sir William Trumbull was born at Easthamstead in Berkshire. He was fellow of All Souls College in Oxford, followed the study of the civil law, and was sent, by King Charles the Second, Judge Advocate to Tangier, thence Envoy to Florence, Turin, &c., and, in his way back, Envoy Extraordinary to France; from thence sent, by King James the Second, Ambassador to the Ottoman Porte. Afterwards he was made Lord of the Treasury, then Secretary of State with the Duke of Shrewsbury, which office he resigned in 1697. He retired to Easthamstead in Windsor Forest, and died in the Place of his Nativity in December 1716, aged 77 years." Ayre's Life of Pope, vol. i. p. 5. troduced to Wycherley, who was then nearly seventy years of age. Pope was doubtless desirous to court the notice of a man whose comedies had justly raised him to such eminence: and they seem to have conceived a sincere esteem for each other, notwithstandin...

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