The Edinburgh Review Volume . 4

The Edinburgh Review Volume . 4

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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. 1804 edition. Excerpt: ...on a subject of this nature; yet we cannot refuse a place to the statement of facts contained in the following letter from Miss Sowden, the daughter of the very respectable clergyman alluded to by Mr Dallaway. TO THE EDITOR OF THE EDINBURGH REVIEW. 'SIR, Bath, January JI. 1804. 'As you have noticed the new edition of Lady Mary Wortley Montagu's Works' in your Review, No. IV. and there quoted a strange story given by the editor, as a recent and curious discovery; you will, I hope, permit me, through the medium of your widely circulating Journal, to pronounce it an idle fabrication, as void of foundation, as of probability;--No person having ever been sent by the late Countess of Bute to my father, and no one having ever imposed on im, by stealing a copy of the MSS. in his possession. So far is this st assertion from being true, that, though he lived twenty years after their publication, he never had the smallest clue with which to trace the by-way path through which they got into print. The following are facts, which I have too frequently heard repeated by my father, not to be able to state accurately. 'At the close of the year 1761, Lady Mary Wortlcy Montagu, passing through Holland in her way to this country, was detained many weeks at Rotterdam by a severe frost. My father was one of a few literary men, who, after paying his respects, frequently repeated his visits to her Ladyship. In one of these visits, Lady W. M. lent him these celebrated letters for his perusal; and on his returning them, expressed a great desire of having a fair copy taken, mixed with some fears of confiding them to any one of whose probity me was not previously well assured. My father, considering this as an indirect mode of application to himself, offered faithfully more

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  • Paperback | 220 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 12mm | 399g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123656605X
  • 9781236566058