Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Daily Dose

From The Reader's Macaulay, edited by Walter H. French and Gerald D. Sanders


"At last I have attained true glory.  As I walked through Fleet Street the day before yesterday, I saw a copy of Hume at the bookseller's window with the following label: 'Only £2 2s.  Hume's History of England, in eight volumes, highly valuable as an introduction to Macaulay.'  I laughed so convulsively that the other people who were staring at the books took me for a poor demented gentleman.  Alas for poor David!"

From a letter to T. F. Ellis, dated March 8th, 1849

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