Excerpt from The Life and Correspondence, Vol. 2 of 2: John Foster Mr. Foster's mental structure and habits obviously led him rather to be meditative observer of human life and character, than to engage with ardour in practical concerns. Technical punctilios, and formalities were his aversion; and it costs effort to believe, that he never had the least curiosity to inquire into the official affairs of societies and committees. In one important instance, however, he was t satisfied with being a quiet looker-on, but maintained a course of strenuous exertion on behalf of what he deemed to be a meritorious cause, when he saw it exposed to desertion and obloquy. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.