A Letter from a Right Honourable Person [i.e. William Pitt].…

~ A Letter from a Right Honourable Person [i.e. William Pitt]. And the Answer to it [by William Beckford, Lord Mayor of London], translated into Verse, as nearly as the different Idioms of Prose and Poetry will allow. With Notes historical, critical, political, &c. London: Printed for W. Nicoll... 1761.

4to (226 × 179 mm) in half-sheets, pp. [2], iv, [5]–26; first and last pages dusty, small stain to p. 26; disbound.

One of two editions (the other being A Letter to a Right Honourable Person, pp. [4], v, [6]–27, [1]), the variant with ‘the’ as the catchword on p. 22 (rather than ‘they’).

A satirical rhymed paraphrase of William Pitt’s Letter from a Right Hon. Person (1761), on his controversial resignation as Secretary of State, and of the Lord Mayor’s published reply. The author is the Irish translator and playwright, Philip Francis (1708–1773). The poem itself is not long, but is supported by extensive footnotes. An admirer of Warburton’s edition of Pope, with its ‘two huge columns of criticism to support and explain two lines of... poetry’, Francis has ‘bottomed [the] pages with notes variorum’ (p. iii).

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