to [the] vital spirit that was in them. If this is a kind of style with which the Editor of the Gazette is not familiar let him at least be careful how he classes it with others, and remember that there is a sort of writing equally distinct from the tame and the extravagant.--
The Editor says that the Idle Man contains many acute observations but often carelessly expressed--I should think them very carefully expressed. --The author is careful to body them forth in all the vividness and beauty of nature, and to give them the same freshness of feeling with which they first presented themselves to his mind. --He has not it is true studied to be uninteresting--he has not thrown cold water on his own conceptions and chilled them down to the standard of those who criticize mechanically and by a few coarse rules without a single spark of sensibility to what is grand beautiful or touching.
I cannot speak with the same confidence of the poetry in the Idle Man, part of which the Editor extracts as a confirmation of the position that the author belongs to the school of Hunt, as I have no pretensions to the character [of] a critick in that sort of composition. Whether it bears out the Editor in such a charge the readers of the Idle Man will judge.-- 5
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Great Barrington Nov 21, 1821.
My dear sir.
I have two of your letters by me unanswered. 1
I send you herewith some remarks on the 3d No. Idle Man, and have given directions as nearly right as I could for their insertion in the main article. 2 I think your Edward & Mary will take well. You have addressed the sympathies of a large class of readers. Your pages will be turned by fair