Abbreviated title
A letter from Dr. Swift to Mr. Pope
JSA Identification Number
9_3_3
Teerink/Scouten Number
60A
ESTC Number
T5468
Copy and its Location
ECCO BL, 1572/172(4) or Ashley 4945
Publisher and Printer
The works of Mr. Alexander Pope, In prose. Vol. II, Vol. , pp 9-19.
London, Knapton, John Knapton, Paul Bathurst, Charles Dodsley, Robert, 1741.

Commentary

Edmund Curll had been tricked by Pope into publishing his letters in 1735, enabling Pope to publish an official edition in protest in 1737. This is Pope’s official follow-up volume, containing his letters to Swift. There is a footnote in this edition to say that Pope never received this letter from Swift and there are some very minor verbal changes from the other 1741 texts; Pope probably closely supervised this edition.

References: The Prose Writings of Jonathan Swift, ed. Herbert Davis and others, 16 vols. (Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1939-74), vol. ix, pp. 23-4, 370-1; Irvin Ehrenpreis, Swift: The Man, His Works, and the Age, 3 vols. (London: Methuen, 1962-83), vol. iii, pp. 136-7.