An Essay towards Fixing the True Standards of Wit, Humour, Railery, Satire, and Ridicule

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Author: Corbyn Morris
Published: 1744
Language: English
Wordcount: 22,572 / 81 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 78.3
LoC Category: PN
Downloads: 2,570
Added to site: 2005.07.08
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Genres: Essays, Satire

Commentary by James L. Clifford

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Locke, Congreve, and Addison, have tryed their Force upon this Subject, and have all left it free, and unconquered. This, I perceive, will be an Argument with some, for condemning an Essay upon this Topic by a young Author, as rash and presumptious. But, though I desire to pay all proper Respect to these eminent Writers, if a tame Deference to great Names shall become fashionable, and the Imputation of Vanity be laid upon those who examine their Works, all Advancement in Knowledge will be absolutely stopp'd; and Literary Merit will be soon placed, in an humble Stupidity, and solemn Faith in the Wisdom of our Ancestors.

Whereas, if I rightly apprehend, an Ambition to excell is the Principle which should animate a Writer, directed by a Love of Truth, and a free Spirit of Candour and Inquiry. This is the Flame which should warm the rising Members of every Science, not a poor Submissi

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