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Laetitia Pilkington : To the Right Hon. Henry Pelham, Esq.

[LP reproduces her poem 'To the Right Hon. Henry Pelham, Esq.] 'I shewed these lines to Mr [italics] Cibber [end italics], who liked them so well, that he undertook to deliver them for me. The next morning, early, he waited on him, and then call'd upon me, and, giving me ten Guineas, asked me, whether I thought them a sufficient Reward for my Poetry? I told him, I really did: Well then, said he, Mr Pelham distinguished thus: "There are five Guineas, for the Lady's Numbers; and Five more, for the good Advice they contain; and tell her, I hope God will always give me Grace to follow it". '

Century: 1700-1799     Reader/Listener/Group: Henry Pelham      Manuscript: Unknown


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