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CHAPTER IV
PUBLIC LATTERS 1850-1852

The close of your letter, my lord, presents an object upon which it is infinitely more gratifying to dwell. Yes, our gracious Queen deserves our affection and veneration. Men of your lordship's rank and proximity, whose benefactions have been followed by acclamation to the extremities of the world, may expatiate on her virtues, public and private, with equal decorousness and delight. But when the obscure and insignificant, like myself, attempt to praise a personage so elevated, there is generally a suspicion, and not always a groundless one, of an unworthy motive. Modesty on the right hand, pride on the left, admonish and coerce me to abstain.
With many and hearty thanks for your kindness in correcting me,
I remain, my dear Lord,
Yours most sincerely,
WALTER SAVAGE LANDOR.

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