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Literary Localities

Leigh Hunt pleasantly says:--"I can no more pass through Westminster,

without thinking of Milton; or the Borough, without thinking of Chaucer

and Shakspeare; or Gray's Inn, without calling Bacon to mind; or

Bloomsbury-square, without Steele and Akenside; than I can prefer

brick and mortar to wit and poetry, or not see a beauty upon it beyond

architecture in the splendour of the recollection. I once had duties to

perform which kept me out late at night, and severely taxed my health

and spirits. My path lay through a neighbourhood in which Dryden lived,

and though nothing could be more common-place, and I used to be tired to

the heart and soul of me, I never hesitated to go a little out of the

way, purely that I might pass through Gerard-street, and so give myself

the shadow of a pleasant thought."

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