Mirror of Literature,  12 (1828), 362–65.

Recollections of a R*t. Written by Himself  [1/2]



Introduction; Extract, Reminiscences, Spoof

Publications extracted:

Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine


Natural History, Animal Behaviour, Exploration, Palaeontology, Biblical Authority

People mentioned:

Georges L Leclerc, comte de Buffon, Erik Pontoppidan

    The extract, which is introduced as 'a pleasant piece of satire upon the autobiographical mania of the present day', purports to be the reminiscences of a rat (362). Observes of his ancestors: 'We sent out parties to make discoveries with Vasquez de Gama, Dampier, Anson, and Cook, and although we English gentlemen [...] are known to have such a natural abhorrence at cold, the love of science prevailed, and a strong party were sent to the frozen seas with Ross, Lyon, and Parry.' Also asserts: 'Before the flood, as the cave of Yorkshire [i.e. the Kirkdale Cave] no doubt proves, we were to be found in this island'. (363)

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