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THE

SPIRIT OF THE AGE,

OR

CONTEMPORARY PORTRAITS.

BY

WILLIAM HAZLITT.

THIRD EDITION.
Bdited by his Son.

LONDON: C. TEMPLEMAN,
GREAT PORTLAND STREET.

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THE

SPIRIT OF THE AGE.

HORNE TOOKE. MR HORNE TOOKE was one of those who may be considered as connecting links between a former period and the existing generation. His education and accomplishments, nay, his political opinions, were of the last age; his mind, and the tone of his feelings were modern. There was a hard, dry materialism in the very texture of his understanding, varnished over by the external refinements of the old school. Mr Tooke had great scope of attainment, and great versatility of pursuit; but the same shrewdness, quickness, cool self-possession, the same literalness of perception, and absence of passion and enthusiasm, characterised nearly all he did, said, or wrote. He was without a rival (almost) in private conversation, an expert public

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