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George Ticknor, Life, letters and journals of George Ticknor (ed. George Hillard), Chapter
Chapter 14: Edinburgh. news of his mother's death. Mrs. Grant. Mrs. Fletcher. Playfair. Scott. Abbotsford. Southey. Wordsworth. Dr. Parr. Sir James MacKINTOSHintosh. London. Hazlitt. Godwin. Wilberforce. return to America. To Mr. Elisha Ticknor. Edinburgh, February 11, 1819. I have received
singly, and then, if you insist upon talking with him, it is most probable he will talk very well.
I know of but two exceptions to this remark, and they are Prof. Playfair and Walter Scott, who under all circumstances must be delightful men.
To his sister
. . . . I build a great many castles in my head, and have many a wak as remarkable as her mother.
This was, therefore, a delightful house to visit, and during the latter part of the time I was in Edinburgh I went there often.
Playfair is a most interesting man of seventy.
I would rather be like him, in general temper, manners, and disposition, than like anybody of that age I know.
To say not
George Ticknor, Life, letters and journals of George Ticknor (ed. George Hillard), chapter 26 (search)