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ITERATURE is a term which has,

like many others, been wrested from its original meaning. At one time it was supposed to have something

to do with learning ; but step by step it has been degraded, till at length it has become synonymous with writing; and now every person, who describes current events or reports another's speech, or gives us his opinion about a book or a picture or a poem, claims to be a man of letters. Just as the taking a shilling from a person in a red coat makes a soldier of Hodge, so, it seems, does the printing of his opinions make a man free of the republic of letters. From the moment when his production appears in a book or periodical publica






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