gives the following statement of facts, on the authority of Professor C.
Besides, with that prevision given to an author
, I am strongly of opinion that something will happen before long.
But pictures are not enough although most authors
draw so badly that if one of them happens to have the genius for line that Mr.
But what ow I to his commands above Who hates me, and hath hither thrust me down Into this gloom of TARTARUS profound, To sit in hateful Office here confin'd, Inhabitant of Heav'n, and heav'nlie-born, Here in perpetual agonie and pain, With terrors and with clamors compasst round Of mine own brood, that on my bowels feed: Thou art my Father, thou my Author
, thou My being gav'st me; whom should I obey But thee, whom follow?
Whether this reasoning be correct or otherwise, the present author
felt, that, in confining himself to subjects purely Scottish, he was not only likely to weary out the indulgence of his readers, but also greatly to limit his own power of affording them pleasure.
And it is highly probable, that such travellers, who shall hereafter visit the countries described in this work of mine, may, by detecting my errors (if there be any), and adding many new discoveries of their own, justle me out of vogue, and stand in my place, making the world forget that ever I was an author
of that book," said the curate, "was the same that wrote
only hopes that if they do no good, her tales will, at least, do no harm.
No one can be more sensible than the author
of his deficiencies in this and many other respects; but when the very peculiar circumstances in which he was placed are understood, he feels assured that all these omissions will be excused.
is very sensible that, had he confined himself to the latter, always the most effective, as it is the most valuable, mode of conveying knowledge of this nature, he would have made a far better book.
Ide," and whoever wrote them was also the author
of the lines "To Isadore.
It was disposed of to a bookseller, it was even advertised, and why the business proceeded no farther, the author
has never been able to learn.