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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1843 Excerpt: ... from the beginning--and act accordingly. Such men as Ward, now--what sort of poison must it be to them not to be able to take up a newspaper, without seeing themselves stuck up in this horrid style, to the wonder, the pity, must I add the contempt, of the rational public? Sir, if I were a novelist, I am by no means sure that I should have any objections to deal with Mr. Colburn, for I hear the man's a civil man, and an economical, and an exact, and a thriving; but one thing I am sure of, and that is, that I would make it my sine qua non with the gentleman, that he should leave my book to sink or swim, as might happen, without any of his infernal bladder-work. Tickler. What! You are sensitive, Kit? You could not bear to see it said of you, as it is in all the papers of Mr. Lister, (a fine fellow he is, notwithstanding,) that you had just returned from a tour on the continent, where your fame as the author of Yes or No, or Herbert Milton, or Herbert Lacy, or Vivian Grey, or George Godfrey, or whatever else it might be, had procured you the honour of invitations to the tables of several crowned heads!!! This would stomach you,--would it, my dear? North. Och! och! och! Give me the brandy, Macrabin. No claret could wash that down? Shepherd. Or aiblins ye wad like weel to light on a small bit of news, as it were, extracted frae some country chronicle or gazette, certifying, that the innkeeper at siccan a place, in the immediate vicinity of siccan a hall, or castle, or hill, or dunghill, had sent a cask o' porter, and a side o' beef, to Christopher North, Esq., in humble acknowledgment of the great addition to his custom, since his last splendid romance of De Gammon, or Fitzfiddle--had rendered the neighbourhood the haunt of visiters,--noblemen, gentlemen, and la...
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