Quotation by Frances Burney

Mr. [Christopher] Smart the poet was here yesterday.... This ingenious writer is one of the most unfortunate of men—he has been twice confined in a mad house.... How great a pity so clever, so ingenious a man should be reduced to such shocking circumstances. He is extremely grave, and has still great wildness in his manner, looks and voice—'tis impossible to see him and to think of his works, without feeling the utmost pity and concern for him.
Frances Burney (1752–1840), British author. The Early Journals and Letters of Fanny Burney, vol. 1, p. 36, journal entry, September 1768, ed. Lars E. Troide, Oxford University Press (1988).
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