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NOTES 373 Who killed Mos^s, p. 296. Thomson translated in 1866 Goethe's Essay on the Biblical account of the doings of the Israelites in the wilderness. In the course of his argument Goethe comes to the conclusion which Thomson has here versified. William Blake, p. 305. This poem forms the conclusion of Thomson's Essay on the Poems of William Blake. SuppUtnent to the Inferno^ p. 306. I suppose it is hardly necessary to say that the person attacked in this truculent satire is the first Lord Lytton. It may be thought that the satire is somewhat too severe, considering the undeniable cleverness of its subject; but there was about Lord Lytton a palpable insincerity and a want of manliness which made him hateful to all true men. Thackeray satirised him as mercilessly as Thomson, though in a different way. No one who was not a cad himself could have created those two champion cads of literature (as John Hollingshead has styled them), Claude Melnotte and Alfred Evelyn. END OF VOL. I. Printed by BALLANTVNB, HANSON & Co/ Edinburgh and London