Perdita; A Romance In Biography

Paperback | October 12, 2012

byStanley Victor Makower

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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. 1908 edition. Excerpt: ... his own turpitude with unblushing exactness, he now passed to the conscientious study of oratory; and his speeches in the House of Lords showed results which went far to justify the opinion of Dr. Barnard, headmaster of Eton, who had declared Lyttelton's talents superior to those of young Fox. The crisis in America gave the budding orator an excellent opportunity. He was all for the supremacy of the Crown, and contended hotly that the right to govern included the right to tax. King George, or even the devil himself, could have had no stouter advocate. The public eminence into which he rapidly rose rewarded him for his activity. He liked to imagine his father's friends compelled into admiration for what they would regard as this splendid transition from the wildness of Prince Hal to the wisdom of King Henry. How simple-minded were the majority of men, how reluctant to grasp the philosophic axiom that mental perspicacity and moral rectitude are not bound together like inseparable allies in a man's composition! With Lyttelton the indulgence of private vice added zest to the defence of public welfare. To wrong individuals and avenge even a look that threatened State rights with insult, made life full, various, engrossing. To define treason and affix the stigma of legal crime to American rebellion with relentless precision in the teeth of Lord Camden with his slippery evasions, to champion British supremacy against the perils of compromise, even when advocated by the Chatham whom he revered, was an exhilarating occupation. But why should it be less exhilarating to plot with all the skill in his power at a young wife's ruin? A night at Vauxhall with all the diverting minutiae of an embroglio was as enjoyable as an afternoon of impassioned...

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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. 1908 edition. Excerpt: ... his own turpitude with unblushing exactness, he now passed to the conscientious study of oratory; and his spee...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:90 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.19 inPublished:October 12, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:021726929X

ISBN - 13:9780217269292

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