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Thomson's Recitations

Thomson, the author of the "Seasons," was a very awkward reader of his

own productions. His patron, Doddington, once snatched a MS. from

his hand, provoked by his odd utterance, telling him that he did not

understand his own verses! A gentleman of Brentford, however, told the

late Dr. Evans, in 1824, that there was a tradition in that town of

Thomson frequenting one of the inns there, and reciting his poems to the


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