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MISCELLANEOUS WRITINGS

OF

CHARLES ELIOT.

PART I.

CONTAINING PIECES BEFORE PUBLISHED IN THE GENERAL REPOSITORY.

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SELF-CONTROL:

A NOVEL.

First American edition, 2 vols. 12mo. Philadelphia, 1811. Second American edition, 1 vol. 12mo. Boston, 1811.

THA HAT a second edition of this book should be published within three months of its first appearance in the country, shows that it has excited much interest; and we wish we had so much confidence in the public taste, as to believe that its having been much read, is a proof of its merit. But the appetite for works of mere amusement is not discriminating. If our community has justly admired Crabbe, and Southey, and Scott, it has also applauded the weak Montgomery, and the contemptible and effeminate Moore; and if quite sufficient praise has been given to Miss Porter, the value of the tribute is very much diminished by the endurance and even approbation of Miss Owenson's sentimental lasciviousness. It is to be much regretted, that there are so many readers who have so little regard to the means by which they seek amusement; who are pleased with any book which pictures strong emotions, caring very little what is the character of their sympathies; for we are continually less alive to repeated impres

• First published in the General Repository, for January 1812. vol. i. page 191.

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