Retrospects

Paperback | January 1, 2012

byWilliam Angus Knight

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Book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1904. Excerpt: ... ARTHUR STANLEY I First met Dean Stanley at Mr. Erskine's house, Linlathen, Forfarshire, in 1869, while I was resident in Dundee. The contrast and the affinity between host and guest in that delightful home were alike remarkable. I have already referred to Mr. Erskine in writing of Carlyle and of Maurice. Perhaps his characteristics came out more remarkably when Stanley was his guest. The Dean had wider sympathy, a broader and more complex range of view; Erskine the deeper and more penetrating vision. Stanley was far more radiant, versatile, many-sided, humorous; but in some respects Erskine was more elevated, calm, and saintly. Their deep appreciation of each other, with differences recognised but not accentuated, struck all who heard them converse together. Mr. Erskine was one of the most gentle and unassuming of men, while valiant in proclaiming what he held to be right. In another volume I have written down a few reminiscences of him,1 and others have done so to greater purpose.2 It was when entertaining his friends in that kindly home in the North that all the finest features of his character were disclosed. Latterly there was a strange sadness in his countenance, the outcome of long pondering on the 'riddle of the painful earth' and the transitoriness of life. He seemed to realise increasingly that while 'in the world '--and with plenty of work to do in it--he was 'not of it'; but only a transient visitant in a place into which he had come for education, rather than enjoyment. 1 In Some Nineteenth Century Scotsmen (1903), pp. 177-191. 1 See Letters of Thomas Erskine of Linlathen, by William Hanna (1877); Studies in Poetry and Philosophy, by Principal Shairp (1886); He had to live that each to-morrow Found him farther than to-day on the roadway of experience; while his successiv...

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Book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1904. Excerpt: ... ARTHUR STANLEY I First met Dean Stanley at Mr. Erskine's house, Linlathen, Forfarshire, in 1869, while I was resident in Dundee. The contrast and the affi...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:78 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.16 inPublished:January 1, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217919898

ISBN - 13:9780217919890

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