The Works ...: With the Author's Life and Character, Notes [etc.] In Eight Volumes, Volume 8

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A. Donaldson, 1761
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Page 92 - I will further tell you, that all my endeavours, from a boy, to distinguish myself, were only for want of a great title and fortune, that I might be used like a Lord by those who have an opinion of my parts whether right or wrong, it is no great matter, and so the reputation of wit or great learning does the office of a blue ribbon, or of a coach and six horses.
Page 44 - I hate and detest that animal called man, although I heartily love John, Peter, Thomas, and so forth.
Page 122 - I dislike nothing in your letter but an affected apology for bad writing, bad spelling, and a bad pen; which you pretend Mr Gay found fault with; Wherein you affront Mr Gay, you affront me, and you affront yourself.
Page 179 - I see things more in the whole, more consistent, and more clearly deduced from, and related to each other. But what I gain on the side of philosophy, I lose on the side of poetry : the flowers are gone, when the fruits begin to ripen, and the fruits perhaps will never ripen perfectly.
Page 60 - Motte * received the copy (he tells me) he knew not from whence, nor from whom, dropped at his house in the dark, from a hackney-coach : by computing the time, I found it was after you left England, so, for my part, I suspend my judgment.
Page 15 - ... to war and gods. I tell you all the faults I know, only in one or two places you are a little obscure; but I expected you to be so in one or two and twenty.
Page 33 - I often threatened myself with the journey, and am every summer practising to ride and get health to bear it : the only inconvenience is, that I grow old in the experiment. Although I care not to talk to you as a divine, yet I hope you have not been author of your colic : do you drink bad wine, or keep bad company? Are you not as many years older as I ? It will not be always et tibi quos mihi dempserit apponet annos.
Page 31 - I dare not venture to publish them : For however orthodox they may be while I am now writing, they may become criminal enough to bring me into trouble before midsummer.
Page 155 - But even this trick shall not provoke me to print the true one, which indeed is not proper to be seen till I can be seen no more...
Page 194 - Patron, and then descended to be my Friend. It is a great favour of Heaven, that your health grows better by the addition of years. I have...

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