A Pope Chronology by Reginald Berry (auth.)

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AP writes to Arbuthnot proposing a summer vacation for the Scriblerus Club, with revival in the winter. 19 AP suffering severe headache, but working steadily on The Iliad. 27 Oxford is forced to give up the position of Lord Treasurer. Third edition of the Rape published; copies in print now number above 6000. 30 The Duke of Shrewsbury accepts the office of Lord Treasurer; the Privy Council meets at Kensington, and militia and navy called out to ensure order at the Queen's death, which is expected any day.

Wet weather prevents the printed sheets from drying fully (the volume finally appears on 6 June). 3 AP writes to Caryll of the success of Gay's What D'Ye Call It. 10 Publication of Aesop at the Bear-Garden: A Vision, a mockheroic parody of The Temple of Fame. 18 AP, still in London, writes to Parnell in Dublin, promising to send him a parcel of books including The Temple of Fame. 23 Lintot pays AP £215 for the first volume of the Iliad. 26 Bolingbroke flees London for France to escape arrest as a suspected Jacobite.

22 Back at Twickenham, AP is in bad health, which prevents him from working on the Homer translation and from providing a Prologue to John Hughes's play The Siege of Damascus. February During this month, AP reviews a draft of Matthew Prior's poem 'Conversation', but suggests no amendments or revisions. He is also continuing to invest in South Sea Company stock. 17 (Wed) First night of John Hughes's Siege of Damascus. 18 AP still at Twickenham, unwell, and unable to attend the premiere of The Siege of Damascus.

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