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A Letter from Mr. Cibber to Mr. Pope

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Author: Colley Cibber
Published: 1742
Language: English
Wordcount: 18,898 / 62 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 68.1
LoC Category: PR
Downloads: 451
Added to site: 2010.07.05 28375

from such diversion as had been that day the lot of Pope.'[17]

If so, the other attacks must have been shattering, since they lacked even the surface good humor of Cibber's Letter. Pope, at any rate, was concerned enough to tell Spence:

The story published by Cibber, as to the main point, is an absolute lie. I do remember that I was invited by Lord Warwick to pass an evening with him. He carried me and Cibber in his coach to a bawdy-house. There was a woman there, but I had nothing to do with her of the kind that Cibber mentions, to the best of my memory--and I had so few things of that kind ever on my hands that I could scarce have forgot it, especially so circumstanced as he pretends.[18]

An answer to the Letter was demanded, and it was not long in coming. In August/September, Pope wrote his friend Hugh Bethel concerning a copy of the New Dunciad he had sent him:

That poem has not done me, or my Quiet, the least harm; only it provokd Cibber to write a



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