Document ReferencePw V 347
TitleEnglish MS poem, entitled 'Quod Te Roma legit, Rumpitur Invidia' [Character of Atticus], by Alexander Pope; 1722
Extent2 ff
Content DescriptionText consists of 30 lines.

The title quotation is Martial, Epigrams 9.97.2.

The text is probably the earliest version of the Character of Atticus later expanded for inclusion in the Epistle to Dr Arbuthnot (Prologue to the Satires) lines 151ff, but written and published as a separate piece about Addison in several earlier versions (see W. Elwin and W.J. Courthope (edd.), 'The Works of Alexander Pope vol 3: Poetry vol 3' (London 1881) Appendix 6, which prints other versions). This version was not published until 1941.

Endorsed in the hand of Robert Harley 'Verses in Imitation Quod &c 1722 On Mr Addison'.
Title Of WorkQuod Te Roma legit, Rumpitur Invidia
First Line of PoemIf meaner Gildon draws his venal Quill
Last Line of PoemWho would not Weep, if Addison were He?
Physical DescriptionOne sheet folded once to form two folios
Physical match: Pw V 334 (dimensions) & Pw V 341 (dimensions) & Pw V 342 (dimensions) & Pw V 343 (dimensions) & Pw V 344 (dimensions)
Physical match: Pw V 345 (dimensions) & Pw V 346 (dimensions) & Pw V 347 (dimensions) & Pw V 348 (dimensions) & Pw V 349 (dimensions)
Descriptive FeaturesWatermark: Arms of Great Britain within crowned garter, and cartouche 'Semper Eadem' under the garter, approx. 120 x 78 mm

Countermark: Royal Cipher, crowned GR, approx. 32 x 20 mm
WatermarkArms of Great Britain
Related MaterialIndex, ELM III, PoA 5
For other concordance see Index, ELM, III, PoA 4, PoA 6-9.
Publication NoteN. Ault, 'Pope and Addison', Review of English Studies 17 (1941) p 428 = N. Ault, New Light on Pope, with Some Additions to His Poetry Hitherto Unknown (London, 1949) p 101.
St James's Journal, 15 Dec. 1722

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CodePersonNameDates of existence
NA893Harley; Robert (1661-1724); 1st Earl of Oxford and Mortimer; M.P.; speaker 1701-1705; P.M. 1711-17141661-1724
NA10139Addison; Joseph (1672-1719); Mr; essayist and statesman1672-1719
NA1123Pope; Alexander (1688-1744); poet1688-1744
NA72699Martialis; M. Valerius (c.40-c.104); Martial; Roman poetc.40-c.104
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