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"LORD Clarendon particularly excels in characters,

"which if drawn with precision and elegance are "as difficult to the writers, as they are agreeable "to the readers of history. He is, in this parti"cular, as unrivalled among the moderns as "Tacitus is among the ancients. They both "saw those nice distinctions, and specific dif"ferences in human nature which are visible "only to the sagacious. He paints himself in "drawing the characters of others, and we every "where see the clear and exact comprehension, "the uncommon learning, the dignity, and equity "of the Lord Chancellor in his character as a "writer. Granger's biog, hist.

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