Essays On Philosophical Writers And Other Men Of Letters Volume 2

Paperback | May 7, 2012

byThomas De Quincey

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1860 Excerpt: ...individual correspondent--all these, when printed, become armed, according to circumstances of time and person, with the power of extensive mischief. It is undeniable, that through Dr. Parr's published letters are scattered some scores of passages, which, had he been alive, or had they been brought forward in a direct and formal address to the public, would have called forth indignant replies of vehement expostulation or blank contradiction. And many even of his more general comments on political affairs, or on the events and characters of his times, would have been overlooked only upon the consideration that the place which he occupied, in life or in literature, was not such as to aid him in giving effect to his opinions. In many of these cases, as we have said already, the writer had a title to allowance, which those who publish his letters have not. But there are other cases which call for as little indulgence to him as to them. In some of his political intemperances, he may be considered as under a twofold privilege: first, of place--since, as a private letter-writer, he must be held as 'within the protection and the license of his own fireside; secondly, of time--since, on a general rule of construction, it may be assumed that such communications are not deliberate, but thrown off on the spur of the occasion: that they express, therefore, not a man's settled and abiding convictions, but the first momentary impulses of his passion or his humor. But in many of his malicious sarcasms, and disparaging judgments, upon contemporaries who might be regarded, in some measure, as competitors with himself, either for the prizes of clerical life, or for public estimation, Dr. Parr could take no benefit by this liberal construction. The sentiments he avowed in vari...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1860 Excerpt: ...individual correspondent--all these, when printed, become armed, according to circumstances of time and person, with the power o...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:88 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.18 inPublished:May 7, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217714870

ISBN - 13:9780217714877

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