The Edinburgh Review (1912)
The original title of the book: The Edinburgh Review (1912) By: Sydney SmithPage 370
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Excerpt from book: his encouragement of mutiny and sedition at the darkest hour of national danger, were fatal errors which ruined his party as an effective force, and did nothing to promote the principles that he professed. Thus, it is only as an orator and a debater that he can be regarded as supreme, for owing to his ill-success as a leader of men no triumph of statecraft stands to his credit in the statute-book. For many years after the outbreak of the French Revolution he seems to live in a false theatrical atmosphere of Jacobinism, a mere talking-machine pouring forth paeans in praise of abstract principles, above all things a marplot utilising the embarrassments of his countiy to score a party triumph. It is strange that his contemporaries were unable to resist the punFox el praeterea nihil. Of late, historical criticism has had many dealings with him and with his great rival, and those who look upon their statues may judge of the relative proportions of the two men. The figure of William Pitt appears nobler and more colossal as the fierce glare that beats upon it reveals it more clearly to the eye, while the false glamour that used to transfigure the effigy of Charles Fox fades away before the light of truth. Horace Bleackley. THE ROUSSEAU BICENTENARY 1. Vie de Rousseau. Par Emile Faguet. Societ6 fran?aise d'imprimerie et de librairie. 1911. 2. Jean-Jacques Rousseau. Par Jules Lema!tre. Calmann- LeVy. 1908. 3. J.-J. Rousseau: A Criticism. By Frederika Macdonald. Chapman and Hall. 1907. AT the time of the Dickens Centenary one heard the protest that centenaries came too soon : that a longer time must elapse before one could take the true measure of a great reputation and be sure of distinguishing between a fashion and a force. Rousseau's centenary fell in the year ...