George Canning. J. W. M. Turner. William Hazlitt. Talma. Dr. Parr. Rev. Caleb Colton. Dr. Wolcot…

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1866 edition. Excerpt: ... WILLIAM BECKFORD. This gentleman was the son of the celebrated alderman of the same name, who died in 1770. His mother was the daughter of the Hon. George Hamilton, M.P. for Wells. Alderman Beckford had sat for the city in parliament fourteen years. He only accepted the mayoralty to aid in the further support of his intimate friend, the celebrated Earl of Chatham. His civic entertainments were the most magnificent ever given. On one occasion, at his private expense, he invited a number of the members of the houses of Lords and Commons to a dinner, which cost him ten thousand pounds. On that occasion, six dukes, two marquises, twenty-three earls, four viscounts and fourteen barons of the upper house of parliament, joined the members of the Lower, and went in procession to the city to honour him. There were six hundred dishes upon the tables. The memory of what the " city" had been, when it was really the capital and abode of the noble and highborn, as well as of the learned and wealthy, had not then, as now, been lost; nor had it become a place of shops and counting houses, with a trading population, the merchants and bankers only keeping offices within its limits--limits which do not now enclose much more than one thirtieth of the population of the British metropolis, and that minimum continually diminishing, while its resident inhabitants and officials correspond pretty much in character with.its changed condition. The country residence of the son of the great alderman, as is well known, was at Fonthill, (his town residence in Soho Square,) where he erected for himself a fairy palace with consummate taste, and at an enormous expense, as all the world knows. His father died when the late William Beckford was only eleven years of age, and...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1866 edition. Excerpt: ... WILLIAM BECKFORD. This gentleman was the son of the celebrated alderman of the same name, who died in 1770. Hi...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:60 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.12 inPublished:May 5, 2014Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217526276

ISBN - 13:9780217526272

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