may otherwise save a life. In these cases it is difficult to acquit,
and almost impossible to blame; discretion introduced, the line becomes
very hard to draw. I know but one work which has precisely--as at first
appears--the character and object of my Budget. It is the _Review of the
Works of the Royal Society of London_, by Sir John Hill, M.D. (1751 and
1780, 4to.). This man offended many: the Royal Society, by his work, the
medical profession, by inventing and selling extra-pharmacopoeian doses;
Garrick, by resenting the rejection of a play. So Garrick wrote: "For
physic and farces his equal there scarce is; His farces are physic; his
physic a farce is." I have fired at the Royal Society and at the medical
profession, but I have given a wide berth to the drama and its wits; so
there is no epigram out against me, as yet. He was very able and very
eccentric. Dr. Thomson (_Hist. Roy. Soc._) says he has no humor, but Dr.
Thomson was a man who never would have discovered humor. Mr. Weld
(_Hist. Roy. Soc._) backs Dr. Thomson, but with a remar
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