A year ago I bought this battered volume for one shilling at a fair. I had often read that Lady Mary Wortley Montagu (1689-1762) had introduced inoculation against smallpox into Western Europe. I was acquainted too with the story of her friendship and later quarrel with Alexander Pope. In 1717 Pope wrote in the Epistle to Mr. Jervas: Thus Churchill's race shall other hearts surprise, And other beauties envy Wortley's eyes.
After the quarrel Wortley became Worsley, simply by replacing t with s. And Pope could write:
...Agrees as ill with Rufa studying Locke, As Sappho's diamonds with her dirty smock, Or Sappho at her toilet's greasy task, With Sappho fragrant at an evening mask: So morning insects that in muck begun, Shine, buzz and flyblow in the setting sun.
This volume contains a number of letters from her to Pope while she was traveling to Constantinople with her husband