A poetical Epistle from the late Lord Melcombe to the…

~ A poetical Epistle from the late Lord Melcombe to the Earl of Bute: with Corrections, by the Author of the Night Thoughts. London: Printed for T. Becket... 1776.

4to (249 × 198 mm), pp. [4], 25, [1]; stab-holes from original stitching; disbound, leaves loose.

Sole edition of a posthumous production, Dodington having died in 1762, Edward Young in 1765. ‘The distinguished Names on the Title-page can excite no Expectations in the Public which the Poetical Merit of the following Epistle is not capable of gratifying. It bears the Date the 26th of October 1761. To preclude every Doubt, concerning it’s [sic] Authenticity, the Original Manuscript, in Lord Melcombe’s Hand-writing, with the Corrections, in that of Dr. Young, is left for Inspection at the Shop of the Publisher’ (Advertisement).

Dodington, best remembered for his diary (published 1784), has been described as ‘the archetypal eighteenth-century man of politics’ (Oxford DNB), and his poem was written at the end of a long career. ‘There is more of Morality than the Muse in this Epistle, which, however, contains some good advice respecting the errors committed in the pursuit of worldly greatness’ (Westminster Magazine). Jackson, p. 48.

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