Bruce's book is both dull and dear. We join in clubs of five, each pays a guinea, draw lots who shall have it first, and the last to keep it for his patience.
Bruce's overbearing manner has raised enmity and prejudices; and he did wrong in retailing the most wonderful parts of his book in companies. A story may be credible when attended with circumstances, which seems false if detached.
I was present in a large company at dinner, when Bruce was talking away. Someone asked him what musical instruments were used in Abyssinia. Bruce hesitated, not being prepared for the question; and at last said,
`I think I saw one lyre there.'
George Selwyn whispered his next man,
`Yes; and there is one less since he left the country.'
From John Pinkerton, Walpoliana (2nd., n.d.), ii. 2-3.
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