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1881 Excerpt: ...The versatility of a man of great genius will
prove the source of ruin and destruction to men of more moderate
abilities who may be unwise enough to struggle after it. Thus it
not unfrequently happens that he who, by devoting his entire
attention to one single object, might have attained, if not fame,
at least a fair and enduring reputation, may, by frittering away
his talents on half-a-dozen different objects, wholly lose the
applause that might have attached to him through steadfast devotion
to one, and may become, as has been the case with Cumberland, the
mere shadow of a name. To nine readers out of every ten of the
present day it is probable that the name which stands at the head
of this chapter is almost wholly unknown, while in the minds of at
least half the remainder it will simply arouse vague and cloudy
visions of a figure in a bag wig and sword, mixed up in some
half-intelligible way with Johnson and the men of his era. Yet it
is hardly fifty years ago since the announcement of his name threw
James Smith (" Mr. Smith the poet") into a flutter of delight only
equalled by that with which the young Victor Hugo received the
visit of the veteran poet of his youth, Chateaubriand. Richard
Cumberland forms, indeed, one of the great connecting links between
the last and the present centuries; and those who know him, though
only at second-hand, can (like Mr. Thackeray with the old friend
whom he mentions at the beginning of his lecture on the reign of
George I.) "travel back for seven score years of time; have
glimpses of Brummell, Selwyn, Chesterfield, and the men of
pleasure; of Walpole and Conway; of Johnson, Reynolds, Goldsmith;
of North, Chatham, Newcastle; of the fair maids of honour of George
II.'s court; and of the German retainers o...
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