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AN AUTHOR'S MEMORY, In conversation with the poet Crabbe, one of the witty authors of the Rejected Addresses quoted the lines,
“ Six years had pass'd, and forty ere the six,
My dinner more,,I learnt to play at chess." “ That's very good !” cried the bard ; 66 whose is it ?"_“Your own.”- “ Indeed! hah! well, I had quite forgotten it.”
It is told of Dr John Campbell, the author of the Lives of the Admirals, that one day taking up a pamphlet in a bookseller's shop, he liked it so well as to purchase it; and he read it half through before he discovered that it was his own composition.?
1 Life of Crabbe by his Son, p. 290.
These are rare instances, it is to be feared: the case of Madame de Genlis is perhaps less singular. In her latter years, this poor lady, not content with wholesale plagiarisms from Rousseau and Voltaire, took to filching from herself, and, under a different title, would publish the same work twice or thrice. She engaged to compile for a bookseller a Manuel Encyclopédique de l'Enfance. The manuscript was put into his hands; the stipulated price of four hundred francs was paid ; and the work was about to be sent to the press, when the publisher discovered that it was nothing but an exact copy of a book on the same subject which Madame de Genlis had published ten years ago. It was in vain that he demanded restitution of his francs; and the authoress of Adèle et Théodore was dragged before the courts to hear them decide against her.
Byron has called this great Transatlantic orator
the forest-born Demosthenes, Whose thunder shook the Philip of the seas. The allusion is to a famous speech in the Virginia Assembly in 1765. “Caesar had his Brutus,”—said
2 The Age of Bronze, st. viii.