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• Nor therefore think that I can bring no aid, :1 " Because I follow a mechanick trade;- '...? " I'll print your pamphlets, and your rumours spread.J
In the edition of 1729, the last couplet is thus exhibited : “ JVith legs expanded, Bernard urg'd the race,
“ Aud seem'd to emulate great Jacob's pace." And so it stands in the Quarto Edition printed by the author, in 1735, with his other works. But Jacob Tonson, with whoin Pope lived on fricndly terms and correspond. ed, having died in 1736, in thc edition of 1742, and all subsequent, the lines run thus:
• With arms expanded Bernard rows his state,
“ And left.legg'd Jacob seems to emulate." If the various editions of Pope's works were carefully collated, similar alterations would be found in almost every page.
The unequal pace of our author's bookseller arose, per. haps, from a circumstance mentioned by Rowe in his Dialogue between Tonson and Congreve, in imitation of Horace's—Donec gratus eram, Lib. III. Odc ix. ; which, furnishes us with some other particularities of this cele. brated modern Trypho: Tonson. While at my house in Fleet-street once you
CONGREVE. While in your early days of reputation,
* Tonson (Sen.) his dialect. Orig. Notc.
-“ I am the founder of your lov'd Kit-Kat,,,... “ A Club that gave direction to the State : .:?! •
Thou, Jacob Tonson, were, to my conceiving,
* Ward, in his “ History of Clubs," as well as Mr Shippen, says, that Jacob Tonson was the founder of this Club.
+ Jacob's term for his corns.
Sir Richard Temple, soon afterwards created Lord Cobham.
o 'Twas there we first instructed all our youth, “ To talk profane, and laugh at sacred truth ;' “ We taught them how to toast, and rlıyme, and bite, “ To sleep away the day, and drink away the night.
“Some this fantastick specch approved, some sneer'd; “ The wight grew cholerick, and disappear’d."
Jacob Tonson, however plain in his appearance, of which this satirical description may be supposed to have been a caricature, was, I believe, a worthy man,' and was not only respected as an honest and opulent trader, but, after Dryden's death,
All Rowe's early plays, except the AMBITIOUS STEP. Mother, were printed for Jacob Tonson; but these verses, which appeared in a small collection of his poems, in 1714, (if not before) were printed for Edmund Curll; and Jane SHORE was published by Lintot in 1713, and LADY JANE GRAY in 1715, by the same book. seller. It should seem, therefore, that some disagreement had taken place between Rowe and Tonson. Jacob probably was not satisfied willi the part which he sustains in this dialogue.
· Addison told Bishop Berkeley, that he had been in danger of losing his rcligion by living with the Whigs,
• According to Dunton, in his LIFE AND ERRORS, 8vo. 1705, good sense, frankness, and independence, were the striking features of his character : “ He was (say's Dunton,) bookseller to the famous Dryden, and is himself a very good judge of persons and authors : and as there is no body more competently qualified to give their opinion of another, so there is none who does it with a more severe degrec of exactness, or with less par. tiality ; for, to do Mr. Tonson justice, he spcaks his mind upon all occasions, and will flatler nobody."
lived in familiar intimacy with some of the most considerable persons of the carly part of this century. By his success in trade he had acquired a sufficient sum to purchase, about that time,
Even the proud. Duke of Somerset, Thomas Pelham Duke of Newcastle, and many other noblemen, cor. responded with Jacob Tonson, and wrote to him with grcat familiarity and kindness. He appears to have been the kcystone of the Kit-Kat Club, as may be collected · from the following extracts from letters addressed to him.; Junc 22d, 1703, the Duke of Somerset tells him—“Our Club is dissolved, till you revive it again; which we are impatient of." In the same month and ycar, Vanbrugh, who appears to have had great kindness for Tonson, and corresponded with him for above twenty years, writing to. : him at Amsterdam, says, -" In short, thc Kitt.Catt wants you much more than you ever can do them. Those who remain in town are in great desire of waiting on you at Barn-Elmes; not that they have finished their pictures neither; though, to excuse them as well as myself, Sir Godfrey has been most in fault. The fool has got a country-house near Hampton-Court, and is so busy, in fitting it up, (to receive no body,) that there's no getting him to work.” Again, July 10, 1703:-" The Kill-Catt too will never meet without you : so you see, here's a general stagnation for want of you."
Vanbrugh wrote to him with great kindness, Nov. 5, 1719 (a Mon' Mon' Tonson, chez Mon' Coustelier, Libraire, a Paris): “I went the next day to Claremunt, where you may imagine there was much talk about you; and I do assure you, with no small regard and affection
from every body. Mr. Spence was there, who gave me .; a very agreeable and friendly account of you, and join'd
an estate near Ledbury, in Herefordshire. In the year 1703 he went to Holland, for the purpose of
very heartily in clinking round your health and your return."
So again, Nov. 29, 1719:—“One seldome hcars you named, since the good fortune that has attended you there, (at Paris,] but the question is started, how it will operate upon you in your way of living; and various opinions I observe about it. What my own has been, you'll hear when you come over; but I observe in your letter one strong symptome of my being right ; since you are so far from forgetting your old mistress, Barnes, that you are inclined to compliment her in the spring with E.500. for a new petticoat. For my part, I think she dcscrves it, for the pleasures she has given you ; and I licartily wish her well, for those shc has spared me."
Again, Feb. 18, 1719-200:-" Though your nephew tells me, you'll be soon here, I take it for granted you may mect with such delays as may give you time to receive an answer to the last letter I had from you; which so pleased the Duke of Newcastle, that he took it from nic to shew the Duchess, Mrs. Pelham, &c. and said, he would write three sides of a shcct in answer to it, and then give it to me, to fill up the fourth."
Again, August 12, 1725:-“ From Woodstock we went to Lord Cobham's, seeing Middleton-Slony by the way, and caring a cheerful cold loaf at a very humble ale-housc: I think the best mcal I ever eat, except the first supper in the kitchen at Barnes."
Some years before, this Club seems to have been dis. solved, or died away. “You may believe me, (says Vanbrugh in the same letter,) when I tell you, you were often talked of, both during the journey and at Stowe; and our former Kitl-Kalt days were remember'd with pleasure : we were one night reckoning who were left: