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Paperback, General Books, 2010, ISBN13 9781443215398, ISBN10 1443215392
Excerpt: ...published in 1783, &c. "Quand il est mort, il n'a point son eleve" 157 --says his old and intimate friend the ABBE BETENCOURT; an observation, which, when I heard it, filled me with mingled regret and surprise--for why is this valuable, and most patriotic of all departments of literature, neglected abroad as well as at home? It is worth all the digamma disquisitions in the world; and France, as well as Italy, was once rich in historical Literati. Dom Brial is very little above the mean height. He stoops somewhat from age; but, considering his years, and incessantly sedentary labours, it is rather marvellous that he does not exhibit more striking proofs of infirmity. His voice is full and strong; his memory is yet retentive, and his judgment sound. His hand-writing is extremely firm and legible. No man ever lived, or ever will, or can live, more completely devoted to his labours. They are his meat and drink--as much as his "bouilli et petites poies: "--of which I saw him partaking on repeated visits. Occupied from morning till night in the prosecution of his studies--in a quarter of Paris extremely secluded--he appears to be almost unconscious of passing occurrences without; 158 except it be of the sittings of the Institute, which he constantly attends, on Fridays, as one of the Secretaries. I have twice dined with him; and, each time, in company with the Abbe Betencourt, his brother Secretary at the Institute; and his old, long-tried, and most intimate friend. The Abbe BETENCOURT was not unknown to me during his late residence in England, as an Emigre: but he is still-better known to our common friend, who gave me the letter of introduction to Dom Brial. That mutual knowledge brought us quickly together, and made us as quickly intimate. The Abbe is above the middle height; wears his own grey hair; has an expressive countenance, talks much; and well, and at times drolly. Yet his wit or mirth is well attempered to his years. His manner...
|Number of Pages:||186|
|Number in Series:||1|
|Author:||Dibdin, Thomas Frognall|
|Publication Date:||July, 2010|
|Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H):||9.01 x 0.42 x 5.98 Inches|
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