Excerpt from General Reply: To the Several Answerers, &C of a Letter Written to a Noble Lord, by the Right Honourable Edmund Burke
From these and similar sources, Mr. Burke could not but have reason to expect a deluge of trash on the subject of his late Letter; and he has not been disappointed.
His Reflections on the French Revolution gave birth to innumerable and extraneous publications: innumerable, as the subject necessarily engaged the attention of the whole world; extraneous, as scarcely any of his commentators omitted to honour his work with annotations as invidious and personal, as they were injudicious and foreign to the nature of the inquiry. Such being a part of the effects produced by the Reflections, the Letter to a Noble Lord, affording some pretext for personal disquisition, could not fail of calling forth the powers of those who fancy themselves possessed of political acumen, when their minds are only irritated by political asperity. The consequences have been conformable. The writers seem less anxious, and certainly less able, to trace Mr. Burke's conduct and principles, than to expose their own.
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