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When the conjecture is discovered to be wrong, the sentiments which have been based on it ought properly to be corrected; but, unfortunately, this is not done, and the false idea is kept, cherished, and transmitted. View-hunting and view-describing, however, are useful—in a measure even necessary-just as literary criticism is useful. Since you have not the good fortune to be possessed of that Eastern carpet, seated on which you might, by a wish, transport yourself whither you desire, and thus judge of each scene for yourself, you must suffer yourself to be guided or directed by others. It is to be hoped, however, that the view-describer will, in his rhapsodies, strictly confine himself within proper limits, and not pretend to derive from his pursuit more than it is obviously capable of yielding. He should be careful not to discredit by his extravagancies the only form of literature the moderns can claim as their own invention.
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