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The “Pope” of Holland House
John Whishaw to Thomas Smith, 22 January 1818

Chapter I: 1813
Chapter II: 1814
Chapter III: 1815
Chapter IV: 1816
Chapter V: 1817
Chapter VI: 1818
Chapter VII: 1819
Chapter VIII: 1820
Chapter IX: 1821
Chapter X: 1822
Chapter XI: 1824-33
Chapter XII: 1833-35
Chapter XIII: 1806-40
Chapter XIV: Appendix
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Jan. 22, 1818.

I HAVE read “Rob Roy,” but with no great attention. It seems to be quite worthy of its distinguished author, but inferior in point of interest and general merit to its predecessors. Generally speaking, I think it has not been very successful, but there are great authorities the other way, particularly Mackintosh and Smyth.

I forget whether I told you that Mackintosh is appointed Law Professor to the East India College. It will be a great advantage, I trust, to that establishment.

I have not yet read any part of Mill’s book,1 but Mallet and I are going to look into him this evening. I am afraid that, although perhaps a useful library

1 James Mill’sHistory of India.”

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book, it is far from being a good history. It seems to be wholly deficient in the tone, temper, and dignity which belong to historical composition.

We have been much pleased with a little book called “Notes on a Journey in America” by Morris Birkbeck. It contains in a small compass a very interesting and instructive account of the United States.

Franklin’s memoirs are just published, but I have not seen them; and Captain Hall’s account of the Lewchew Islands will appear in a few days. New “Tales of my Landlord” are talked of in Scotland. What a crowd of entertaining publications, and how much better than battles of Austerlitz and Jena, or even Leipsic or Waterloo!