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According to Jervas, Gay is currently at work on Trivia. Robert Harley, Earl of Oxford, is committed to the Tower, while he awaits trial for high treason. Swift, writing to AP from Dublin, on The Iliad: 'if it pleases others as well as me, you have got your end in profit and reputation: Yet I am angry at some bad Rhymes and Triplets . . 'In a letter to Tickell, Edward Young (the poet) comments that 'the University almost in general gives the Preference to Popes translation' (Sherburn, p. 144).
February 2 (Sat) Appearance of the pseudonymous pamphlet A Complete Key to the New Farce, call'd Three Hours after Marriage, which outlines AP's hand in the play. 12 Writing to AP from Belgrade, Lady Mary Wortley Montagu continues en route to Turkey. 18 AP has been suffering a 'very severe Fit of Illness' for the previous fortnight, but continues work on the third volume of the Iliad translation (bks IX-xn). 28 Appearance of Dennis' Remarks upon Mr Pope's Translation of Homer, with Two Letters concerning Windsor Forest and the Temple of Fame, published by Curll.
The book is likely a forgery, and not by any member of the Club, although it is similar in aim to the real Memoirs later published by AP. 20 AP staying put at Twickenham because of his mother's ill health and the Buckingham controversy. A second satirical letter, as if by AP, in Pasquin, has AP confess to withholding 50 A Pope Chronology Buckingham's Jacobite pieces in order to have his Works licensed. 22 First night (of seventeen) of Fenton's play Mariamne, with Prologue by Broome. AP had been asked for a prologue but declined.