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a nest of pirates, or it will fall before a pirate fleet, and either way, the fact would be somewhat disgraceful to us.
I congratulate you on the success of your work, a success, I must own, which I did not anticipate to be so complete. I offer no opinion of my own, being so largely mixed up in the performance, but I thank you for your kind expressions of friendship and good will. The fault of the book is its want of connection, and the frightful hash they have made of all proper names. The former is a fault the public seem not to care for, and the latter one which may be amended, if the book runs to a second edition, by letting me know beforehand, so that I may correct a copy here and send it to you.
En passant, I think you ra - ther a shabby fellow for not sending me a bound copy ; for be it known to you, I do not allow an unbound work in my library. I hope you will have a review from the Edinburgh and Quarterly.
Farewell, my dear Keppel, I have little more to say. I have not spirits for other subjects ; delay on delay is killing me by inches, for it really seems a fatality, that neither my affairs, public or private, can be settled. I shall bear it for a season.
I should hail your arrival as the dawn of a new order of things. I heard from Charlie a short time since, and I am in hopes he will soon get home. Take care of him as your protege, and introduce him toI should hail your arrival as the dawn of a new order of things. I heard from Charlie a short time since, and I am in hopes he will soon get home. Take care of him as your protege, and introduce him to