What reason I had to hope for the countenance of that venerable gentleman to this work , will appear from what he wrote to me upon a former occasion from Oxford , November 17 , 1785 : - “ Dear sir , I hazard this letter , not knowing ...
“ There are , indeed , some natural reasons why these narratives are often written by such as were not likely to give much instruction or delight , and why most accounts of particular persons are barren and useless .
... by a diligent observer , there is no reason to doubt . For there is no in stance of any man , whose history has been minutely related , that did not in every part of life discover the same proportion of intellectual vigour .
He indeed had good reason to be offended ; for though Dr. Swinfen's motive was good , he inconsiderately betrayed a matter deeply interesting and of great delicacy , which had been intrusted to him in confidence ; and exposed a ...
Men of deranged intellects will reason , on every subject that is not connected with the immediate seat of their disorder , with a luminous acuteness that casts the mental powers of other men into shade . See Lord Erskine's speech on ...
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