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- Truth can never suffer from argument and inquiry; but may be essentally injured by the tyrannous interference of her pretended advocates. Impede her energies by the pains and penalties of law, and, like the Fame of Virgil, she will creep along the ground, diminutive in stature, and shrunk with apprehension: give free scope to all her tendencies, and she will soon collect her might, dilate herself to the fullness of her dimensions, and reach the stars.
- A Letter to Sir John Scott (21 July 1798), page 24. Cf. Aeneid 4.174–177.
- Encyclopedic article on Gilbert Wakefield at Wikipedia