Excerpt from The Monthly Review, Vol. 6: From September to December Inclusive, 1827
Before we condemn too nicely, however, the extravagance of such language, or the apparent subserviency of other exp'essions of admiration and respect, it is fair to remark that Burke, besides the immeasurable distance. At which his genius placed him above his correspondent, was full twenty years Laurence's senior, and that the latter, professing and doubtless feeling towards him the reverence of a son, speaks with great earnestness of his filial duty and that implied adoption which is the honour of his life.' The letters of Burke himself also breathe towards Laurence the most affectionate regard, which, we are told, was extended to the Doctor b all the Burke family, with whom he usually spent his intervals of! Leisure at Beaconsfield; and he appears to have repaid their attachment with faithful friendship, and a warm and grateful solicitude for their common happiness.
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