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Excerpt from The Miscellaneous Works of Tobias Smollett M. D, Vol. 3: With Memoirs of His Life and Writings; Containing, the Adventures of Peregrine Pickle, Part II., And Plays and Poems I cannot help obferving, that the ferious manner in which you afk my Opinion of the motives, which induced you to publilh your Memoirs, is exae'tly of a piece with the condue't of thofe who confult their friends, for ap probation rather than advice, and, by a difappointment in their ex eetations of applaufe, are more than ever wedded to t eir own inventions. How would your lady {hip look, Ihould I now, in confequence of your demand, a ume the air of a fevere moralizer, and tell you, that the op you have taken was altogether precipitate and inex cufable; that you have unnecefiarily avowed your own indifcretion, incurred the refentment of individuals, and attraeted the reproaches of a ceuforious world; and that, over and above thefe difadvantages, you have fubjee'ted yourfelf for ever to a life of domeftic difquiet, by incenf ing the tyrant of whom you complain, beyond a poffibili ' ty of forgivenefs or reconciliation 9 Would not all the re fentment of a difappointed author take po 'e ion of your ladylhip overcall that cheerfulnefs of countenance with a fullen frown, and lighten from thefe fair eyes in gleams of difpleafure No, you would be more furprifed than of fended at my obfervations. You would believe you had been all along deceived in your opinion of my delicacy and underftanding: You would be mortified at the difcovery of your own mifiake, and look upon me with compafs lion, as one of thofe tame, timid rationalifts, who, being naturally phlegmatic and fearful, are utter {hangers to the refined fenfations of the human heart, incapable of doing 'ufiice to thofe melting tenderneffes which they never elt, and too irrefolute to withliand the torrent of ignorant, malicious, or wrong-headed clamour, when it affee'ts a charaetcr in which their friendfhip ought to be 2 [r. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works."
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