Excerpt from The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction, Vol. 33: Containing Original Essays; Historical Narratives; Biographical Memoirs; Manners and Customs; Topographical Descriptions; Sketches and Tales; Anecdotes
His Pelham, in 1828, was much read, and gained the author great cele brity: in the preface to the second edition of which, he thus explains the grounds whereon he founded his work It is a beautiful part in the economy of this world, that nothing is without its use every weed in 'the great thoroughfares of life has a honey, which observation can easily extract; and we may glean no unimportant wisdom from folly itself, if we distin guish while we survey, and satirize'while we share it. It is in this belief, that these volumes have their origin. I have not been willing that even the common-places of society should afford neither a record nor a moral; and it is, therefore, from the common-places of society that the materials of this novel have been wrought. By treating trifles naturally they may be rendered amusing, and that which adherence to Nature renders amusing, the same cause also may render instructive for Nature is the source of all morals, and the enchanted well, from which not a single drop can be taken that has' not the power of curing some of our diseases. 't 't 't I have drawn for the hero of my work, such a person as seemed to me best fitted to retail the Opinions and customs of the class and age to which he belongs.
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