acitus, Juvenal, Persius; in poetry and general literature, Shakspeare and Milton,
Finished, Oct. 12. Burton's Anatomy of Melancholy, The Correspondence of Gilbert Wakefield with Charles James Fox, Chiefly on Subjects of Classical Literature, Moore's Life of Byron, Butler's Reminiscences, Hume's Essays; and, in history, Hallam, Robertson, and Roscoe.
He copied at great length into his commonplace-book—soon after laid aside—the narrations and reflections of these historians.
He read both tof received opinions, but his radical notions were under the control of good sense.
The two friends discussed political topics, like Masonry, and the public men of the day; literary themes, like the characters of Shakspeare, Milton's poetry, and Moore's Biography of Byron; Hallam's History of the Middle Ages, and the historical characters of Francis I.
and Charles V. They criticised for mutual improvement each other's style of writing so plainly and unreservedly, that only their assured confi