The Autobiography of Leigh Hunt: With Reminiscences of Friends and Contemporaries - Vol. 2

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CHAPTER XXIV.
LITERARY PROJECTS.

The Tatler.--Chat of the Week.-- M. Van de Weyer.--The Gentle Armor.--The True Sun.--Laman Blanchard.--Residence in Chelsea.--Thomas Carlyle.--The London Journal.--The Seer.--Egerton Webbe.--His Parodies of Martial.--Captain Sword and Captain Pen.--Paganini.--Monthly Repository.--Blue-Stocking Revels.-- LadyBlessington.

WE left Epsom to return to the neighborhood of London, which was ever the natural abiding place of men of letters, till railroads enlarged their bounds. We found a house in a sequestered corner of Old Brompton, and a landlord in the person of my friend Charles Knight, with whom an intercourse commenced, which I believe has been a pleasure on both sides. I am sure it has been a good to myself. If I had not a reverence of a peculiar sort for the inevitable past, I could wish that I had begun writing for Mr. Knight immediately, instead of attempting to set up another periodical work of my own, without either means to promulgate it, or health to render the failure of little consequence. I speak of a literary and theatrical paper called the Tatler. It was a very little work, consisting but of four folio pages; but it was a daily publication: I did it all myself, except when too ill; and illness seldom hindered me either from supplying the review of a book, going every night to the play, or writing the notice of the play the same night at the printing-office. The consequence was, that the work, slight as it looked, nearly killed me; for it never prospered beyond the coterie of play-going readers, to whom it was almost exclusively known; and I was sensible of becoming weaker and poorer every day. When I came home at night, often

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