The Works of Walter Scott, Esq Volume 14
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1829 edition. Excerpt: ...which gives him the ttmlifl pleasure, as any 'sinister interpretation of the former imperfect extracts, which, as vyas lwtural, were taken from those passages that expressed most warmth of passion, will be in a great measure confuted by the entire publication. The tone of feeling is lowered by the context, and those passages which, taken by themselves, might appear suspicious, especially while what was suppressed was left to imagination, are much modified, when restored to their place among grave maxims of advice, and' trifling passages of humour. At any rate, all from which any inference, favourable or unfavourable can be deduced, is now at length before the public. There are no fragments produced, from which suspicions may be excited, and no blanks remain to be filled up by the suggestions of detraction. If the correspondence proves less interesting than the reader might have expected, the admirers of Swift will be gratified with the confutation which the letters afford of the evil reports first propagated by Lord Orrery. The sum of the evidence which they afford seems to amount to this, --that, while residing in England for years, and at a distance from Stella, Swift incautiously engaged in a correspondence with Miss Vanhomrigh, which probably atafirst meant little more than mere gallantry, since the mother, brother, and sister, seem all to have been confidants of their intimacy. After his journey to Ireland, his letters assume a graver cast, and consist rather of ad vice, caution, and rebuke, than expressions of tenderness. Yet neither his own heart, nor the nature of Vanessa'a violent attachment, permit him to suppress strong, though occasional and rare indications of the high regard in which he held her, although..
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