The Correspondence of Samuel Richardson, Author of Pamela, Clarissa, and Sir Charles Grandison: Selected from the Original Manuscripts, Bequeathed by Him to His Family, to which are Prefixed, a Biographical Account of that Author, and Observations on His Writings, Volumen5
Richard Phillips, no. 71, St. Paul's Church-Yard., 1804
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Página 282 - Clarissa is not a performance to be read with eagerness, and laid aside forever; but will be occasionally consulted by the busy, the aged, and the studious...
Página 284 - ... into your hands, and afterwards mention your health as such, that you almost despaired of going through your plan. If you were to require my opinion which part should be changed, I should be inclined to the suppression of that part which seems to disclaim the composition.
Página 211 - I hope you intend to give us a bad woman, expensive, imperious, lewd, and at last a drammer. This is a fruitful and a necessary subject, which will strike, and entertain to a miracle. You are so safe already with the sex, that nothing you can say of a bad woman will hinder your being a favourite, especially if now and then, when your shedevil is most a devil, you take occasion to remark how unlike she is to the most beautiful, or modest, or gentle, or polite, part of the creation.
Página 149 - ... to prevent its sinking when no longer upheld by the short-lived breath of fashion : and yet another prophecy I utter, that this ridiculous compound will be the cause of many more productions, witless and humourless, perhaps, but indecent and absurd, till the town will be punished for undue encouragement by being poisoned with disgustful nonsense...
Página 14 - O ! lost to virtue, lost to manly thought, Lost to the noble sallies of the soul ! Who think it solitude, to be alone.
Página 111 - AM very much obliged to you for the. favour of your letter, which I received yesterday, and particularly for the observations which you make upon those passages which you dislike in the Dissertation.
Página 148 - Yet I will do him justice ; and if, forced by friends, or led by curiosity, you have read and laughed and almost cried at Tristram, I will agree with you that there is subject for mirth and some affecting strokes.
Página 275 - Tom Jones is a dissolute book. Its run is over, even with us. Is it true that France had virtue enough to refuse to license such a profligate performance...
Página 234 - Johnston kept them a month on the way; Wilson kept them three, and does nothing, only hints a sort of contemptuous censure of them to you, and huffs them out of his hands. The booksellers despise them, and I am forced to print them, when the season for sale is over, or burn them. God's will be done ! If I had wrote against my Saviour, or his religion, my work would long ago have been bought, and reprinted, and bought again.