The Works of Walter Scott, Esq Volume 4
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. 1826 edition. Excerpt: ...to his worth, the severe sentence recorded by Boswell: --"I only remember that he expressed a high value for his talents and virtues, but that his perpetual study was to ward off petty inconveniences, and to procure petty pleasures; that his love of continual superiority was such, that he took care always to he surrounded by women, who l1stened to him implicitly, and did not venture to contradict his opinions; and that his desire of distinction was so great, that he used to give large vails to Speaker Onslow's servants, that they might treat him with respect." Au anecdote, which seems to confirm Johnson's statement, is given by Boswell, on authority ofa lady who was present when the circumstances took place. A gentleman, who had lately been at Paris, sought, while in a large company at Richardson's villa of North-End, to gratify the landlord, by informing him that he had seen his Clarissa lying on the hing's brother's table. Richardson, observing that a part of the company were _engaged in conversation apQt, affected not to hear what had_ been said, but took advantage of the first general pause, to address the gentleman with, "Sir, I think you were saying something about----; " and then stopped, in a flutter of expectation; which his guest Ynortified by replying: .A mere trifle, lLife of Richardson, vol. i. pp. 171, 172. This character was given at the house of a venerable Scottish judge, now no more, who was so great an admirer of Sir Charles Grandison, that he was said to read that work over once every year in the course of his life. sir, not worth repeating." The truth seems to be, that Richardson, by nature sby, and of a nervous constitution, limited also by a very narrow education, ...
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