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1835 edition. Excerpt: ...several very attentive perusals. We are
not sure that the book is not in some degree open to the charge
which the idle citizen in the Spectator brought against his
pudding. ' Mem. too many plumbs, and no suet.' There is perhaps too
much disquisition and too little narrative; and indeed this is the
fault into which, judging from the habits of Sir James's mind, we
should have thought him most likely to fall. What we assuredly did
not anticipate was, that the narrative would be better executed
than the disquisitions. We expected to find, and we have found,
many just delineations of character, and many digressions full of
interest, --such as the account of the order of Jesuits, and of the
state of prison discipline in England a hundred and fifty years
ago. We expected to find, and we have found, many reflections
breathing the spirit of a calm and benignant philosophy. But we did
not, we own, expect to find that Sir James could tell a story as
well as Voltaire or Hume. Yet such is the fact; and if any person
doubts it, we would advise him to read the account of the events
which followed the issuing of King James's famous declaration,
--the meeting of the clergy, the violent scene at the privy
council, the commitment, trial, and acquittal of the bishops. The
most superficial reader must be charmed, we think, by the
liveliness of the narrative. But no person who is not acquainted
with that vast mass of intractable materials, of which the valuable
and interesting part has been extracted and condensed, can fully
appreciate the skill of the writer. Here, and indeed throughout the
book, we find many harsh and careless expressions which the author
would probably have removed if he had lived to complete his work.
But, in spite of these blemishes, we must say...
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