chapter  69
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William Hazlitt, 'Lectures on the English Comic Writers', 1819

It might afford much matter of curious speculation to the philologist, to enquire whether it was this aptitude in the language of Addison to those light topics of writing in which he excelled that directed his choice of subjects, or whether his peculiar cast of style was formed by his choice of such topics. Probably both operated, or rather both were effects of the same cause. A man's cast of thought gives a character to his style, and where choice is free, the subject for composition is determined by the complexion of the mind •••.