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LETTERS

OF

ANNA SEWARD.

VOL. 1.

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LETTERS.

LETTER I.

Miss Powys *.

Lichfield, Oct. 23, 1784. You have obliged me by the translation of Rousseau's SECOND WALK. The perspicuity, and beauty of the language, leave no doubt of its doing every justice to the sentiments of the author ; but, good heaven! what are those sentiments ? how shockingly unamiable, how totally absurd! Every being of distinguished genius will, from the prevalence of envy, have a number of foes. Is he therefore to conclude human nature incapable of kind and generous affection ? Basely shall he suspect, and ungratefully shall he repress, every glow of kindness and benevolence, when it would shine upon him ? So doing, Rousseau was not fit

• A lady of abilities and accomplishments, unmarried, and resident at Clifton near Bristol. January, 1810.

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