Books: Patriotic Malice

M'FINGAL by JOHN TRUMBULL 44 pages. J. Almon. 1 shilling.

He first displayed promise as a humorist when, at the age of seven, he took the entrance examination for Yale College and passed it. Perhaps in the belief that Yale needed time to prepare for his arrival, John Trumbull waited six years before entering, then remained at the college for nine years as a student and instructor, and finally commemorated his stay with a satirical mock-epic poem called The Progress of Dulness.

Now 26, a staid, prosperous New Haven lawyer, Trumbull has printed...

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