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My spleen was not occasion'd however, by any thing an abusive, angry Critick could write of me. I take very kindly your heroick manner of congratulation upon this scandal; for I think nothing more honourable, than to be involved in the same fate with all the great and the good that ever lived; that is, to be envy'd and censur'd by bad writers.

The Correspondence of Alexander Pope. Pope to Congreve 16 January 1714/15


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