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At this man's table I enjoyed many cheerful and instructive hours, with companions such as are not often found; with one who has lengthened and one who has gladdened life ; with Dr. James, whose skill in physic will be long remembered, and with David Garrick, whom I hoped to have gratified with this character of our common friend : but what are the hopes of man ! I am disappointed by that stroke of death which has eclipsed the gayety of nations, and impoverished the public stock of harmless pleasure.


HE descended now and then to lower dis- quisitions ; and by a serious display of the beauties of Chevy-Chase exposed himself to the ridicule of WagstafFe, who bestowed a like pompous character on 'Tom Thumb ; and to the contempt of Dennis, who, consider- ing the fundamental position of his criticism, that Chevy-Chase pleases, and ought to please, because it is natural, observes, that " there is a way of deviating from nature, by bombast or tumour, which soars above nature, and enlarges images beyond their real bulk ; by affectation, which forsakes nature in quest of something unsuitable; and by imbecility,

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