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g of the real Family Choate will rival that of Porson and Dacier, of Bentley and Parr.
The piety of the real Family Choate will be something approximating to the apostolic.
With every virtue, and without a fault, he will be placed in the Biographic Pantheon which is so inexpressibly dignified and so portentously dull.
Now, speaking simply for ourselves, and with no wish to interfere with the family arrangements, we must say that we have never found such biographies too edifying.
We like Clio well enough, in a homespun gown, writing with a plain, honest goose-quill, of human lives and of earthly achievements.
In our estimate of a public man, we do not deem it advisable to begin by taking it for granted that he was of perfect character.
The world thinks as we think, and has always thought so. It does not care to have its heroes always in full dress.
Writers of biography have too often befooled mankind — have too often given us some sublime creation of their own fancies, somethin
cify their appetites as soon after the lamented demise as possible, and then provide for themselves annuities by the exhibition of the skeleton.
That there should be jealousies in the distribution of the net proceeds of anybody's death, is as natural as it would be to find a company of hyenas making a division of their game without regard to Christian principles or Chesterfieldian good manners.
When Dr. Johnson had given his valedictory roar, how many rushed forward to ear-mark the body — Hawkins, Mrs. Reynolds, Boswell, Mrs. Piozzi!
What a scrambling there was, what a scene of anecdote-snatching!
How everybody claimed to have been robbed by everybody else of priceless stories and of invaluable reminiscences!
It rained pamphlets, and the air was thick with recriminations.
That Dr. Johnson did not walk upon such provocatives, goes far to invalidate his own doctrine of ghosts; for, with his good will, we do not believe that Boswell would have been permitted upon a single occasion