William Pitt; By Charles Whibley

Paperback | January 8, 2012

byCharles Whibley

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This historic 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. 1906. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER VII. THE STATESMAN AND THE MAN. Was there ever a man, with the single exception of James Wolfe, whose aspect more loudly belied his character and achievement than William Pitt's? The elevation and dignity, characteristic of his mind, did not shine in his face. While his chin receded, his forehead was not ample, and his nose, thrust into the air, suggested a pertness which was wholly alien to him. "It was not till his eye," says Wraxall, "lent animation to his other features, which were in themselves tame, that they lighted up and became strongly intelligent." The brilliance of his eye, in fact, struck terror into his opponents and appalled his friends. Erskine's career in Parliament was checked by the ascendancy which Pitt held over him with a glance.1 When Wilberforce dared to throw the weight of his austerity into the scale against Melville, he looked across at his leader with conscious fear. "It required no little effort," he confessed, "to resist the fascination of that penetrating eye." 1 Never did Pitt more clearly prove his influence over Erskine than at the Mansion House on November 9, 1805. "At this dinner," the Duke of Wellington, who was present, told Stanhope, "Erskine's health being drunk, and Erskine rising to return thanks, Pitt held up his finger, and said to him across the table, 'Erskine 1 remember that they are drinking your health as a distinguished Colonel of Volunteers.' Erskine, who had intended, as we heard, to go off upon the Rights of Juries, the State Trials, and other political points, was quite put out; he was awed like a schoolboy at school, and in his speech kept strictly within the limits enjoined him." Nor were his gesture and bearing more distinguished than his features, if we may believe the testimony of eyewit...

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This historic 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. 1906. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER VII. THE STATESMAN AND THE MAN. Was there ever a man, with the single exception of James Wolfe, whose aspect more lo...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:64 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.13 inPublished:January 8, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:021790792X

ISBN - 13:9780217907927

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