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favourably of men of talent and cultivated taste; but so long as we confound these with men of genius, so long will the judgment of the many be of a low standard. The mind must not be educated into a false mediocrity, or the world will soon become a mob of mental dwarfs. Besides, it is the height of injustice to the man of real genius, and of still greater to those who pin their faith to a book.
The false prophets of literature must be driven from the temple ere true religion can be preached to the multitude. Our space forbids our carrying out this subject to the extent we should wish; we must therefore return to Mr. Marston, and say a few words on the man.
In 1842 Mr. Marston married a lady considerably older than himself, but clothed in the magical garment of " a small property." They live in Camden Town, near London, and are much attached to each other.
Their acquaintance was the result of a correspondence on literary matters,-very dangerous weapons in a young lady's hands. In person Mr. Marston is tall and slenderly made, with an inclination to stoop; he has a slight impediment in his speech, and altogether gives little outward evidence of the author.
J. S. Pratt, Stokesley, Yorkshire,
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