The Collected Letters, Volume 1


TC TO [THOMAS MURRAY]; April 1815; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18150400-TC-TM-01; CL 1:45.


April, 1815.

But the book I am most pleased with is ‘Cicero de Finibus’1—not that there is much new discussion in it, but his manner is so easy and elegant; and, besides, there is such a charm connected with attending to the feelings and principles of a man over whom ‘the tide of years has rolled.’ We are entertained even with a common sentiment; and when we meet with a truth which we ourselves had previously discovered, we are delighted with the idea that our minds are similar to that of the venerable Roman.