The Old Times and the New by John Blaikie

The Old Times and the New

byJohn Blaikie

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1868. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER VII. FRIENDS, NEIGHBOURS, AND CELEBRITIES. George, Duke of Gordon, long known as the Marquis of Huntly, was by far the most popular man in the north, and his reputation did not diminish as years advanced, and his social rank was increased. Other men had survived such ephemeral distinctions, especially if, in politics, they were opposed to the progress of liberal opinions; but the Duke, though the most uncompromising of Tories, remained popular still. There was something about his noble presence which disarmed opposition. That winning smile and gracious manner--that frank and manly bearing carried everything before them. None knew so well how to preside at a convivial meeting and to make all things pleasant. He did not affect to be an orator, and asserted no claim to superior understanding. What he did and said displayed the happiest tact. He had a rare instinct for remembering faces (and people are pleased to be recognized by a duke), and reading character with ease and correctness. Like an experienced " whip," he kept his team well in hand, and each had his own share of work. On these occasions we don't care for too much sense, or an exclusive devotion to mirth and vapidity. Even the House of Commons would grow wearied if only Lord John and Sir Robert addressed it. Lord Palmerston and Mr. Disraeli must be heard too. The brilliant oratory of Macaulay and Gladstone would pall by constant repetition, and it would long for the lively sallies of Colonel Sibthorpe and young Bernal Osborne; and so in the case of social gather" ings, whether they are political or concern the affairs of farmers' clubs. The Duke's sound sense told him that the bill of fare both at, and after dinner, must present ample varieties. He desired the spread of valuable information, and ...

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Title:The Old Times and the NewFormat:PaperbackDimensions:68 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.14 inPublished:January 10, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217098312

ISBN - 13:9780217098311

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