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SpC/BX f942.066 P828, item 80

Copy, on the first six pages of three pairs of conjugate folio leaves, in a collection of printed tracts chiefly relating to the Popish Plot. c.1678.

DrJ 43.945: John Dryden, An Essay upon Satire (‘How dull and how insensible a beast’)

A satire written in 1675 by John Sheffield, Earl of Mulgrave, but it was widely believed by contemporaries (including later Alexander Pope, who had access to Mulgrave's papers) that Dryden had a hand in it, a belief which led to the notorious assault on him in Rose Alley on 18 December 1679, at the reputed instigation of the Earl of Rochester and/or the Duchess of Portsmouth.

First published in London, 1689. POAS, I (1963), pp. 396-413.

The authorship discussed in Macdonald, pp. 217-19, and see John Burrows, ‘Mulgrave, Dryden, and An Essay upon Satire’, in Superior in His Profession: Essays in Memory of Harold Love, ed. Meredith Sherlock, Brian McMullin and Wallace Kirsop, Script & Print, 33 (2009), pp. 76-91, where is it concluded, from stylistic analysis, that ‘Mulgrave had by far the major hand’. Recorded in Hammond, V, 684, in an ‘Index of Poems Excluded from this Edition’.

Works Ba SpC/Bald 821.4 Cowley

Copy, superscribed ‘Found in Mr Petits study [i.e. ? William Petyt (1636-1707), archivist] 1682’, subscribed ‘Per Abr. Cowley’. On an end-paper in a printed exemplum of Cowley's Works (London, 1668). 1668-82.

CoA 99.8: Abraham Cowley, In Petrum negantem (‘Art thou, ye only Rock, wch Xt did find’)

Edited from this MS by Bald.

First published in R.C. Bald, ‘Three Metaphysical Epigrams’, Philological Quarterly 16 (1937), 402-405.