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1685.0728.Fa
[PRIOR] to [ARTHUR PRIOR]
[Cambridge], 18/[28] July 1685.
Add.           "To my Uncle."
MS.           Longleat, Prior 10: d (copy).
Pub.           HMC Bath 3: 1.
          For identification of the correspondents, see 1685.0704.Fa, note, and 1685.0709.Fb, note.

1685.0821.Fa
PRIOR to KATHARINE PRIOR, THE YOUNGER
[Cambridge, 11/21 August 1685.]
Add.           "To Mrs Katharine Prior."
MS.           Longleat, Prior 10: e (copy).
Pub.           HMC Bath 3: 1-2.
          Biographers have wrongly assumed that the addressee was P's aunt rather than his cousin. See the note on 1685.0709.Fb, which bears the same address as this letter. The date is provided by Drift in the index to the volume containing his copy of the letter.

1685.1231.Fa
PRIOR to HUMPHREY GOWER
[Cambridge, ?1685.]
Add.           "To Dr: Gower Master of St Johns Coll: Cambridge."
MS.           Longleat, Prior 10: f (copy).
Pub.           HMC Bath 3: 2.
          This undated letter accompanied a manuscript copy of P's poem "A Satyr on the modern Translators" (Lit. Works 19), which includes an attack on contributors to Dryden's miscellany entitled Sylvae, published in Jan. 1685. The letter therefore was probably written in that year.

1686.1231.Fa
PRIOR to HUMPHREY GOWER
[Cambridge, ?1686.] Latin.
Add.           "Ad Dm: Gower, Coll: Magistrum. . . ."
MS.           Longleat, Prior 28: 342 (copy).
Pub.           Lit. Works 740.
          This letter, labeled "Epistola Deprecatoria," might have been written at almost any date during P's years at St. John's College; however, the mention of Gower's previous favors suggests that P had been in residence for some time.

1687.0731.Fa
[PRIOR] to [CHARLES SACKVILLE, EARL OF DORSET]
[London, Summer 1687.]
MS.           Longleat, Prior 28: 54 (copy).
Pub.           Lit. Works 838.
          This is the first of several unsigned, uninitialed letters preserved in Longleat, Prior 28, that were published complete in the Wright and Spears edition of P's Literary Works, either as literary works or as part of the commentary. The authority of Prior 28 as a source text—and thus for identifying P as the author of these letters—is established by Wright and Spears in their commentary (1044). This letter, which includes six lines of verse beginning, "So when the meanest Priest comes near the Cell," enclosed as well P's poem "Epistle, to Lord—" (Lit. Works 57). Internal evidence makes it certain that both the letter and the poem were addressed to Dorset. References in the letter and poem establish both as having been composed in the summer of 1687 (Lit. Works 838-40). P writes as though from London, and he is most likely to have been staying with his aunt and uncle in Westminster.

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