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counts I should be particularly sorry to give offence, for the freedom I have taken. I trust, however, that the liberality of mind, which naturally accompanies that love and know. ledge of the fine arts for which he is so distinguished, will make him feel that in criticising modern gardening, it would have been unfair to Mr. Brown not to bave mentioned his most famous work; and that my silence on that head, would have been attributed to other motives than those of delicacy and respect. I must also add in my defence, that I can hardly look upon Blenheim in the light of common private property: it has the glorious and singular distinction of being a national reward for great national services: and the public has a more than common interest, in all that concerns so noble a monument.
P.341, 1.16. The language (if it may be so called) by
which objects of sight make themselves intelligible, is exactly like that of speech. To a man who is used to look at naturę, pictures, or drawings with a painter's eye, the slightest hint, on the slightest inspection, conveys perfect and intelligible meaning; just as the slightest sound, with the most negligent are ticulation, conveys meaning to an ear that is well acquainted with the language of the speaker : but to a person little versed in that language, such a sound is quite unintelligible ;
he must have every
pronounced distinctly and articulately.
Then again, as these slight hints and slurred articulations, have often a grace and spirit in Janguage which is lost when words are distinctly pronounced; so many of these slight and expressive touches both in art and in nature, give most pleasure to those who are thoroughly versed in the language. This may, perhaps, in some degree account for the plainly marked distinctions in improvement; for as in order to convey any idea to a man unused to a language addressed to one sense, you must mark every word; so to a man unused to it when addressed to another sense you must mark every object; must cut sharp lines, must whiten, redden, blacken, &c. &c.
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