Alexander Pope, An Epistle to Bathurst

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Of The Use of Riches, An Epistle To the Right Honourable Allen Lord Bathurst

was first published on 15 January 1733, just over a year after its companion epistle on false taste addressed to the Earl of Burlington. Pope revised the epistle for the edition of his collected


, Vol. II, published on 23 April 1735, adding six lines and writing out the names in full of those persons whose identity was partly disguised by blanks instead of vowels in the first edition. As with the

Epistle to Burlington

, Pope went on making small changes to the poem right up to the suppressed “death-bed” edition of

Epistles to Several Persons

printed in 1744. This text forms the basis of the Twickenham edition of the

Poems of Alexander Pope

, Vol. III, ii edited by F. W. Bateson, 1951, most commonly…

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Citation: Gordon, Ian. "An Epistle to Bathurst". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 24 January 2002 [, accessed 21 May 2024.]

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