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lowing insight into two features of our author's
Paisley, 14th Feb. 1808.
*' We are a set of capricious beings — that dis-
mal melancholy mood in which I wrote to you last
has considerably worn off. One of the causes of it
was this : — A fellow who for a long time had lived
with me upon the most intimate and friendly terms 5
took it into his dizzy pow, that he was advancing
rapidly in the high way of fortune ; he of course
must drop all low company; he had the effrontery
even to say it, and used me and others. in such a
way as led us to see that he considered us as be-
longing to that order. A kick-up, which we had
on that account, threw me into a kind of fever for
some days."
He was not only in his letters, but in his con-
versation, apt to complain of the superiority assum-
ed by the wealthy, and resisted the least encroach-
ment on his respectability.
It would have been encouraging to genius and
to his own improvement, if the first edition of our
author's works had enabled him to emerge from
obscurit}', or if early patronage had set him on the

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