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Regality Of Genius

Gibbon, when speaking of his own genealogy, refers to the fact of

Fielding being of the same family as the Earl of Denbigh, who, in common

with the Imperial family of Austria, is descended from the celebrated

Rodolph, of Hapsburgh. "While the one branch," he says, "have contented

themselves with being sheriffs of Leicestershire, and justices of the

peace, the others have been emperors of Germany and kings of Spain; but

the magnificent romance of Tom Jones will be read with pleasure, when

the palace of the Escurial is in ruins, and the Imperial Eagle of

Austria is rolling in the dust."

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