A Pope Chronology by Reginald Berry (auth.)

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22 First night (of seventeen) of Fenton's play Mariamne, with Prologue by Broome. AP had been asked for a prologue but declined. March 1 (Fri) During the spring, Gay gains a sinecure (worth £150 per year) as commissioner of the State Lotteries and moves into lodgings in the Gatehouse in Whitehall. 9 The London Journal reports that AP is re-editing Buckingham's Works in order to remove the prohibition on their publication. April 6 (Sat) Curll issues Cythereia: Or, New Poems upon Love and Intrigue, which includes AP' s 'Atticus' portrait of Addison (first published in 1722).

Early reviewers (such as Dennis) assume the play is AP's. Lintot publishes the text on 19 March. March 1 (Tues) Advertised publication date of AP's Iliad. Wet weather prevents the printed sheets from drying fully (the volume finally appears on 6 June). 3 AP writes to Caryll of the success of Gay's What D'Ye Call It. 10 Publication of Aesop at the Bear-Garden: A Vision, a mockheroic parody of The Temple of Fame. 18 AP, still in London, writes to Parnell in Dublin, promising to send him a parcel of books including The Temple of Fame.

In spite of his nervousness in advance, the questions concern matters of fact and make no reference to his religion or his edition of Buckingham's Works. During the trial AP lodges with Lord Peterborough. 11 Final day of defence in Atterbury's trial. At last he speaks in his own defence. 13 At the climax of the trial, Walpole takes the stand to refute Atterbury's self-defence. 14 Still awaiting a vote on Atterbury, AP dines with William Fortescue, his lawyer friend. 16 The House finally votes against Atterbury, sealing his fate.

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