Memoirs Of Horace Walpole And His Contemporaries (volume 1); Including Numerous Original Letters…

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byEliot Warburton

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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. 1851. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER XII. THE PELHAMS. How little does the world imagine the greatness of its obligation to mediocrity! Extraordinary intellects are rare; very rare, indeed are the master-minds that elevate a nation and glorify an age. It takes a long time to produce them--the aloe of humanity flowers only once in a century; and nature has declared that it cannot be forced, multiplied, or grafted. "We therefore must take the prodigy at prodigious intervals, and in the mean time be content with such plants of smaller growth as are more easily cultivated. This is the reason why, at times of intellectual dearth, a people will become satisfied with what is palpably ordinary, and mediocrity is enabled to attain a position only adequately filled by the highest order of intelligence. Two striking examples of mediocrity in high places, we are now about to introduce to the reader; the obligations they have rendered to society may not, perhaps, be easily obvious--nevertheless, they are distinct and decisive: they have shown bow unreal are the claims of high birth, without corresponding talent, to an elevation of position demanding the highest mental resources. The Duke of Newcastle, and his brother Henry, were the sons of Sir Thomas Pelham, (created in 1706, Baron Pelham, of Laughton, in Sussex), by his second wife, Grace Holles, youngest daughter of Gilbert, Earl of Clare, and sister to John Holles, Duke of Newcastle. The elder brother Thomas, was born July 21, 1693, and was educated at Westminster School, and Clare Hall, Cambridge. He seems to have been one of Fortune's favourites, for in 1711 bis maternal uncle, the Duke of Newcastle dying, left him his heir, and he succeeded both to the name of Holles and to the estates--the decease of his father taking place the following ...

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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. 1851. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER XII. THE PELHAMS. How little does the world imagine the greatness of its obligation to mediocrity! Extraordinary intel...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:146 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.31 inPublished:January 31, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217018726

ISBN - 13:9780217018722

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