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IV. POPE'S WILL AND ESTATE. Mrs. Rackett opposes the adminis-
1. PORTRAIT OF POPE-Frontispiece.
2. POPE'S TOWER, MAPLEDURHAM-Title-page.
3. PORTRAIT OF MRS. POPE
4. POPE'S HOUSE AT BINFIELD
5. POPE (WHEN YOUNG) FIRST SEES DRYDEN AT WILL'S
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6. POPE AND SIR JOSHUA REYNOLDS IN AN AUCTION ROOM
7. PORTRAIT OF WYCHERLEY
8. PORTRAIT OF WALSH
9. PORTRAIT OF TONSON
10. PORTRAIT OF DENNIS, BY HOGARTH
11. MAPLEDURHAM HOUSE
12. PORTRAIT OF ADDISON
13. BUSHY PARK
14. PORTRAIT OF LADY MARY WORTLEY MONTAGU
15. POPE AND MARY LEPELL
16. FAC-SIMILE OF POPE'S HANDWRITING
17. PORTRAIT OF ATTERBURY
19. POPE'S SKETCH OF HIS GROTTO
20. CHAPEL, STANTON HARCOURT
21. DAWLEY, THE SEAT OF LORD BOLINGBROKE
22. PORTRAIT OF ELIJAH FENTON
23. CROWD OF AUTHORS BESIEGING THE PUBLISHERS TO PRE
VENT THE PUBLICATION OF THE DUNCIAD
24. PORTRAIT OF DR. T. WARTON
25. PORTRAIT OF ARBUTHNOT
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29. POPE SURROUNDED BY HIS FRIENDS, A SHORT TIME BEFORE
30. PORTRAIT OF LORD LYTTELTON
31. MONUMENT TO POPE IN TWICKENHAM CHURCH
32. FAC-SIMILE OF THE ONLY FULL-LENGTH PORTRAIT OF POPE . 407
LIFE OF POPE.
POPE'S BIRTH, FAMILY, AND EDUCATION. HIS EARLY FRIENDS, SIR WILLIAM TRUMBULL, WYCHERLEY, WALSH, AND HENRY CROMWELL.
THE death of Dryden, on the 1st of May, 1700, left the poetical throne of England vacant, with no prospect of an immediate or adequate successor.
His dominion had often been disputed, and was assailed to the last; but as every year strengthened his claims, and as the latter portion of his life was the most rich and glorious of his literary career, his adversaries ultimately withdrew or became powerless, and his supremacy was firmly established. The magnificent funeral of the poet, though a gaudy and ill-conducted pageant, had a moral that penetrated through the folds of ceremony-it was a public recognition of merits which every effort of envy, faction, and caprice, had been employed to thwart and contemn. And posterity has amply ratified this acknowledgment of the services of the great national poet. Dryden inherited the faults and vices of his age, and he wanted the higher sensibilities, the purity of taste, and lofty moral feeling that dignify the poet's art. But even when sinning with his contemporaries he soared far above them, and his English nature at length overcame his French tastes and the fashion of the Court. His sympathies had a wider and nobler range; his conceptions were clear and masculine; and no one approached him in command of the stores of our language-whether