Continuation Of The Diary Illustrative Of The Times Of George Iv; Interspersed With Original…

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byLady Charlotte Campbell Bury

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1839 edition. Excerpt: ...genius he shows in passages; but in detached passages he appears to be a thinker of the very highest order, perhaps a poet, for occasionally I meet with in his pages sentences of the most exquisite beauty and truth. By these I would claim for him a place on the same shelf with Shaks-peare. They are as pure and precious pearls compared with the outside of the shells in which the gems are found. LETTER IV. Lord Ekskink. Portrait painters have a better discernment of the characteristics of strangers than of those of their most intimate associates. Why is not easily explained, but I am convinced (not persuaded) that it is the case, for feel myself often having a curiously clearer apprehension of the peculiarities of comparative strangers, than of persons with whom I am much more familiar. Lord Erskine is an instance. I was not on very familiar terms with his Lordship, but he was one whom I thought I knew passing well, and believed I could influence by biassing his good nature; for his weakness, not his " great strength," seemed to lie in what may be called a boyish ingenuousness. He was Chancellor long before I knew him, and 1 could no more, without the knowledge of this historical fact, have imagined he had ever been such, than have believed Sir William Curtis had been in his age and fatness a dancing-master. There was something like fate in the production of this impression; I never was in company with Lord Erskine but some improvisatorial corruscation of his natural character diverted me, nor ever heard him in his finest effusions of eloquence, without being struck with the arch and innocent juvenility in which he expatiated, even when affectingly pathetic. My first notion of his playful humour took its rise from an anecdote worthy of being...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1839 edition. Excerpt: ...genius he shows in passages; but in detached passages he appears to be a thinker of the very highest order, perhaps a p...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:74 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.15 inPublished:July 8, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217197248

ISBN - 13:9780217197243

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