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conjunction with Ozel and Oldisworth. How their several parts were distributed is not known. This is the translation of which Ozel boasted as superior, in Toland's opinion, to that of Pope : it has long since vanished, and is now in no danger from the criticks.
He was introduced to Mr. Pope, who was then visiting Sir John Cotton at Madingly near Cambridge, and gained fo much of his esteem that he was employed, I believe, to make extracts from Eustathius for the notes to the translation of the Iliad; and in the volumes of poetry published by Lintot, commonly called Pope's Miscellanies, many of his early pieces were inserted.
Pope and Broome were to be yet, more closely connected. When the success of the Iliad gave encouragement to a version of the Odyssey, Pope, weary of the toil, called Fenton and Broome to his assistance; and, taking only half the work upon himself, divided the other half between his partners, giving four books to Fenton, and eight to Broome. Fenton's books I have enumerated in his Life; to the lot of Broome fell the second, fixth, eighth, eleventh, twelfth, fixteenth, eighteenth, and twenty-third, together with the burthen of writing all the notes.
As this translation is a very important event in poetical history, the reader has a right to know upon what grounds
I establish my narration. That the verfion was not wholly Pope's was always known: he had mentioned the assistance of two friends in his proposals, and at the end of the work some account is given by Broome of their different parts, which however mentions only five books as written by the coadjutors; the fourth and twentieth by Fenton; the fixth, the eleventh, and the eighteenth by himself; though Pope, in an advertisement prefixed afterwards to a new volume of his works, claimed only twelve. A natural curiosity after the real conduct of so great an undertaking, incited me once to enquire of Dr. Warburton, who told me, in his warm language, that he thought the relation A 3
given given in the note a lie ; but that he was not able to ascertain the several shares. The intelligence which Dr. Warburton could not afford me, I obtained from Mr. Langton, to whom Mr. Spence had imparted it.
The price at which Pope purchased this assistance was three hundred pounds paid to Fenton, and five hundred to Broome, with. as many copies as he wanted for his friends, which ainounted to one hundred more. The payment made to Fenton I know but by hearsay; Broome's is very distindly told by Pope, in the notes to the Dunciad..
It is evident, that, according to Pope's own estimate, Broome was unkindly treated. If four books could
merit three hundred pounds, eight and . all the notes, equivalent at least to four, had certainly a right to more than fix.
Broome probably considered himself as injured, and there was for some time more than coldness between him and his employer. He always spoke of Pope as too much a lover of money, and Pope pursued him with avowed hoftility; for he not only named him disrespectfully in the Dunciad, but quoted him more than once in the Batbos, as a proficient in the Art of Sinking ; and in his enumeration of the different kinds of poets distinguished for the profound, he reckons Broome