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I agree with you in my sentiments of the state of our Nation since this change; I find myself just in the same situation of mind you describe as your own, heartily wishing the good, that is, the quiet of my Country, and hoping a total end of all the unhappy divisions of mankind by party-spirit, which at best is but the madness of many for the gain of a few.
–Alexander Pope, in a letter to Edward Blount, Aug. 27, 1724 in The Works of Alexander Pope, vol. 8, p. 6 (Warton ed. 1822)
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“Shelby is waiting for something. He himself does not know what it is. When it comes he will either go back into the world from which he came, or sink out of sight in the morass of alcoholism or despair that has engulfed other vagrants.”