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"In language bad enough to disgrace even gaols and garrets." BOLINGBROKE, Henry St. John, Viscount. A Familiar Epistle to the most Impudent Man Living. First edition. [2], 9-26pp. A very good copy bound in late 19th century quarter dark red calf, marbled boards, gilt lettered spine. 8vo. Printed for J. Millan at Charing-Cross, 1749. ESTC T35296 Bolingbroke’s very scarce attack on Warburton, and by implication Alexander Pope. It was written in reply to Warburton’s defence of Pope’s unauthorized edition of Bolingbroke's Letters, on the Spirit of Patriotism, which Warburton published in “A Letter to the Lord Viscount B–ke. Occasion’d by his treatment of a deceased friend.” (1749). Pope “had been desired by Bolingbroke to procure the impression of a very few copies of the ‘Patriot King’, and he assured him that no more copies had been printed than were allowed; but after his death the printer resigned a complete edition of 1500 copies, to the right owner, which Pope had ordered him to print, and to retain in secret. Bolingbroke delivered the whole impression to the flames, and employed Mallet, another friend of Pope, to expose the breach of trust to the public, with all its aggravations. Warburton undertook not indeed to vindicate the action, but to extenuate it by an apology. To this apology, and answer was written, in “A letter to the most impudent man living.” Ref: Anderson, Robert. The Works of the British Poets, 1794. “In 1749 a very extraordinary attack was made on the moral character of Mr. Pope... couched in language bad enough to disgrace even gaols and garrets.” The Monthly Review, Vol 67.
Author BOLINGBROKE, Henry St. John, Viscount.
Date 1749

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