Friday, March 4, 2011
From Prefaces by Leigh Hunt: Mainly to His Periodicals, edited by R. Brimley Johnson
"... I sincerely beg pardon of every moral feeling I have offended, of every noble sensibility I have roused. To exercise, however the severest ridicule on bad writers, and especially on those who have occupied the places of good ones, gives no reproof to my coolest reflections, for grave reason is as totally lost upon pertinacious ignorance as the touch of a feather upon an ass's hide."
From The News, The Critic's Farewell to His Readers, December 13, 1807, Saturday Morning