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|The Norton Critical Edition footnote...
Written by Line
(3/17/2009 8:22 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, What General Tilney read:, penned by nan duval
...says "(Robert) Hopkins argues that the General's methodical perusal of pamphlets was a neither vague nor innocent activity in the 1790s. Noting the passage of the Anti-Treason and Seditious Meeting Act in 1795, along with the role of citizens in screening publications beginning in 1792, Hopkins identifies Tilney as a volunteer in the government's campaign throughout this decade to suppress dissent."
(RH's essay is in the NCE, but I haven't read it yet!)
There are other footnotes in the NCE that seem to indicate that NA was a surprisingly political novel.
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