Essays, Biographical, Critical, and Historical (Volume 2); Illustrative of the Rambler, Adventurer,, Volume 2

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General Books, 2010 - 190 pages
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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. 1810 edition. Excerpt: ...of Fielding's Works published 1775 in twelve volumes duodecimo; the last volume of which contains not the Journal at large, but a selection from it, beginning with N 3, dated January llth, and terminating with N 6l, dated August 29th. Many, however, of the intervening papers are omitted, and the whole preserved in this edition amounts but to twenty-six numbers. The Covent-Gardcn Journal was carried on under the name of " Sir Alexander Drawcansir, Knt. Censor of Great-Britain," and, from the strictures of contemporary journalists, we have reason to suppose, was sufficiently correspondent with the appellation of its supposed author, being adequately seasoned with satire and personal censure. Hill, at least, in one of his Inspectors, complains bitterly of the conduct and abuse of Fielding in his assumed character of Drawcansir. " The author of Amelia," says he, " whom I have only once seen, told me, at that accidental meeting, he held the present set of writers in the utmost contempt, and that in his new character of Drawcansir he should treat them in a most unmerciful manner. He assured me, with great civility, that he had always excepted me from the general censure; and after honouring me with 'some encomiums which, as I neither desired nor deserved, I shall not repeat, told me, he hoped we should always be upon good terms. From this he proceeded to mention a conduct which would be, he said, useful to both: this was the amusing our readers with a mock fight; giving blows that would not hurt, and sharing the advantage in silence. " I hold the Public in too great fespeet, to trifle with it in so disingenuous a manner; and hope I shall always retain a better sense of the obligations I have to it, than to return them with such an insolent deceit. I...

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