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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 22. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones) 2 0 Browse Search
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ich he so constantly points out and enforces in his lectures upon the English wits between the Author and the man. What scorching words he has for the whole race of Snobs, and yet what a snob Mr. Thackeray is! What a beautiful description he gives of the true gentleman in his lectures on George IV. We have never seen anything as good as his definition of a gentleman in that lecture; never anything of the kind as beautiful and eloquent as his tribute to Nelson, Collingswood, Southey and Reginald Heber; nothing more grand and impressive than his contrast between the Coronation scene of George the Fourth, and the resignation of his commission by that first of patriots and gentlemen, George Washington.And yet, how lamentably this man, who has such a noble and just appreciation of the essential qualities of a gentleman, and can describe them so admirably with his pen, fails to exemplify them in his daily life. His affectation of superiority to his brother litterateurs, his incessant diff