« AnteriorContinuar »
LATELY FORMED SOCIETY
FRIENDS OF THE PEOPLE,
BY JOHN WILDE, Esq. ADVOCATE,
UNIVERSITY, OF EDINBURGH.
PAINTED FOR T. CADELL, AND PETER HILL, EDINBURGH.
T. WILLIAM CARLYLE, Esq.
You remember, my dear friend, my having faid, in the days of our earlier intimacy, that the first work I should publish, and with my name, I should dedicate to you.
This declaration was made at a time of life, when my future years danced before me in all the gay colours of the element; when youthful hope felt every obstacle only as the young eagle feels the opposing breeze, and when even the utmost horizon of mental en-, joyment was skirted with the richest livery of fancy. Some years (not very many) have passed over us fince; and they have brought their changes along with them. Yet they have not much altered me; and you, perhaps, they have altered still less. With a mind averse to þuitle, and with a heart whose strings were never tuned to any higli Atrains of ambition, your wishes were always far beneath your talents; perhaps, and for that very reason, beneath your duties also. You have relinquished a profeflion for which you were early destined and highly qualified ; qualified in every way except the inclination. In the retirement of a country life, and occupied in your favourite