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Excerpt from Evenings With a Reviewer, Vol. 1 of 2: Or a Free and Particular Examination of Mr. Macaulay's Article on Lord Bacon, in a Series of Dialogues
IT has been thought desirable to publish one of the most characteristic writings of a man of letters who made no eifort to acquire popular reputation. In the opinion of competent judges, Mr. Spedding was second to none of his contemporaries in power of reasoning, in critical sagacity, or in graceful purity of style; nor had he any superior in con scientious industry. No one has hitherto possessed so complete a knowledge of the subject to which his life was chieﬂy devoted; and it is improbable that future students should throw additional light on the career and character of Bacon. In the course of his indefatigable researches, Mr. Spedding deduced many independent and original conclusions from the profound familiarity which he had acquired with the history of the time. The relation of the Evenings with a Reviewer to Spedding's ex haustive Life of Bacon will be noticed hereafter. It may be convenient, in the first instance, to give a short account of his own quiet and laborious life. James Spedding was born at his father's resi dence, Mirehouse, in Cumberland, in June, 1808.
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