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John Horne Tooke


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John Horne Tooke : Epea Pteroenta, or the Diversions of Purley

'Horne Tooke is a dirty dog - he gives the derivation of such words! - There sits Mr Wilbraham two hours every morning in the library, sniggering and shaking his fat sides over such grave nastiness as is enough to make a modest soul like me blush or turn sick: and he always puts a little paper mark into the worst passages to show them to me when I go down. Was ever anything so impertinent & insulting! As if I loved dirt.'

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: Sarah Harriet Burney      Print: Book


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