The beauties of the Edinburgh review, alias the Stinkpot of literature

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H.D. Symonds & J. Hatchard, 1807 - 75 pages
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Page 2 - Good name, in man and woman, dear my lord, Is the immediate jewel of their souls : Who steals my purse, steals trash : 't is something, nothing ; T was mine, 't is his, and has been slave to thousands ; But he that filches from me my good name, Robs me of that which not enriches him, And makes me poor indeed.
Page 40 - ... is good sense defaced: Some are bewilder'd in the maze of schools, And some made coxcombs Nature meant but fools. In search of wit these lose their common sense, And then turn critics...
Page 43 - In the whole course of our censorial labours, we have never had occasion to contemplate a scene so disgusting and humiliating as is presented by the greater part of this controversy ; nor do we believe that the virulence of political animosity or personal rivalry or revenge ever gave rise, among the lowest and most prostituted scribblers...
Page 12 - I have both external and internal evidence for believing, that the articles in question are, either wholly, or in a great measure, the productions of an individual, upon whose mathematical works I had formerly thought it necessary to make some remarks, which, though not favourable, were far from being severe ; and whose optical speculations, partly confuted before, and already forgotten, appeared, to their fond parent, to be in danger of a stiH more complete rejection, from the establishment of my...
Page 12 - ... Transactions. Several of these essays have been singled out, in an unprecedented manner, from the volumes in which they were printed, and have been made the subjects, in the second and ninth numbers of the Edinburgh Review, not of criticism, but of ridicule and invective; of an attack, not only upon my writings and my literary pursuits, but almost on my moral character.
Page 49 - I had the happiness to annuuce to the world, is much indebted to his ardent zeal, and indefatigable exertions, for the rapid progress it has made; while some of those •who vainly conceived themselves inftrumental in promoting its adoption, have in reality, from their ignorance and indiscretion, rather retarded than accelerated its progress.
Page 37 - Lapet. Why, then, behold my master-piece ! — See, see, sir ; Here's all your blows, and blow-men whatsoever, Set in their lively colours, givers and takers.
Page 12 - ... imperfections of human nature. Precisely such is my situation. I have at various times communicated to the Royal Society, in a very abridged form, the results of my experiments and investigations, relating to different branches of natural philosophy: and the Council of the Society, with a view perhaps of encouraging patient diligence, has honoured my essays with a place in their Transactions. Several of these essays have been singled out, in an unprecedented manner, from the volumes in which...

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