Estimate of Greatness

Pope was with Sir Godfrey Kneller one day, when his
nephew, a Guinea trader, came in. "Nephew," said Sir Godfrey, "you have the

honour of seeing the two greatest men in the world."--"I don't know how

great you may be," said the Guinea-man, "but I don't like your looks: I

have often bought a man much better than both of you together, all muscles

and bones, for ten guineas."

"Rejected Addresses."--The fame of the brothers James and Horatio Smith was

confined to a limited circle, until the publication of "The Rejected

Addresses." James used to dwell with much pleasure on the criticism of a

Leicestershire clergyman: "I do not see why they ('The Addresses') should

have been rejected: I think some of them very good." This, he would add, is

almost as good as the avowal of the Irish Bishop, that there were some

things in "Gulliver's Travels" which he could not believe.

Erskine Expedient of Conjugal Affection facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmail