Provincial Letters; And Other Papers

Paperback | February 2, 2012

byHenry Charles Beeching

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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. 1906. Excerpt: ... VII A MEDITATION AMONG THE TOMBS I Have been wandering of late in a solitude peopled only by ghosts; but the ghosts have been English ghosts of a sanguine complexion and honest humanity, and I have grown to love them; and I would gladly, if I could, put on paper some portion of my enthusiasm, so as to propagate the example of their virtue among their modern representatives. The persons for whom your interest is solicited are the great mediaeval merchants, especially the wool-staplers, who lie in forgotten1 graves beneath the floors of the magnificent churches they erected over the Cotteswold country, which pastured their sheep and turned their fleeces to gold, before the invention of steam machinery took trade away to the coal districts, and Australian wool undersold the English market. The reader will, I trust, allow me to consider that he has made one in that great company who pass through Oxford in the summer on their way to Stratfordupon-Avon; and having a day or two to spare, after satisfying his soul with the fascination of that siren among cities, will consent first of all to transfer his person and interest to the line of railway that follows the Thames Valley as far as Fairford. There is much to see on the journey, even from the carriage windows, not the least thought-provoking spectacle being the mad rush north of the siren city herself to embrace Summertown and Wolvercote. (Quo, musa, tendis? Desine, pervicax!) But to-day we are to spend with the dead; so having reached Yarnton Junction we turn west and, passing even Lechlade without alighting, push on to the terminus. 1 They are forgotten, despite their munificence, by the great Dictionary of National Biography. The hero of Fairford is one John Tame, who built the present church at the end of ...

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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. 1906. Excerpt: ... VII A MEDITATION AMONG THE TOMBS I Have been wandering of late in a solitude peopled only by ghosts; but the ghosts have been ...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:74 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.15 inPublished:February 2, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217538045

ISBN - 13:9780217538046

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