"Their turn of expression is a dress that hangs so gracefully on gay ideas, that you are apt to suppose that wit, a quality parsimoniously distributed in other countries, is in France as common as the gift of speech."
— Williams, Helen Maria (1759-1827)
(Letter XXIII, pp. 197-8; p. 141 in Broadview ed.)
See Helen Maria Williams, Letters Written in France, In the Summer of 1790, To a Friend in England; Containing Various Anecdotes Relative to the French Revolution; and Memoirs of Mons. and Madame De F----. (London: Printed for T. Cadell, 1790). <Link to ESTC><Link to ECCO>
Text drawn from fourth edition of 1794 <Link to Google Books>.
Reading Letters Written in France, eds. Neil Fraistat and Susan S. Lanser (Peterborough, Ontario: Broadview: 2001).