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Hazlitt is fascinated by the way that Cobbett's prose reveals "the actual process" of literary creation and decision-making, as if the reader observes wine or beer in the making, "fermenting and overflowing with the ebullitions of a lively conception" (8.
That propinquity will often be a useful guide in readers' search for the meaning of Carlyle's words and phrases, a map to his more considered judgments and also his choleric ebullitions.
Forrest noted that "It was simply Toleration versus Intoleration," and that his defence of Dawson had been that an institution founded by figures such as Cobden should be maintained as "an abode for the expression of Free Thought and well conducted ebullitions of intellect.