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tastes and inclinations also led him to the belles-lettres and humanities. He practically took, as every one who means to make the most of his abilities will do, a kind of elective course. He gave himself to the study of history, of rhetoric, eloquence, and poetry. He read with zest and keen avidity the works of the great masters. He was fascinated by the splendid diction of Hume and Gibbon, the charming style of Addison and Goldsmith, the glowing eloquence of William Pitt, of Richard Brinsley Sheridan, and of Edmund Burke. His imagination was enkindled by the golden thoughts of Dante, Milton (always with him a favorite), Dryden, Pope, and Shakspeare. With these immortal geniuses he lived, and from them drew his inspiration. He strolled, moreover, into distant and untrodden fields of literature, and, as the bee, selected honey from unnoticed flowers. Here he gathered sweets from some French poet of the medieval ages; here from some neglected Latin or Italian author; here from
Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 2, Chapter 18: Stratford-on-avon.—Warwick.—London.—Characters of judges and lawyers.—authors.—society.—January, 1839, to March, 1839.—Age, 28. (search)
have already sent you some account of almost every circle. Every day still brings its contribution of invitations, and proffered hospitality. This week, I have been obliged to decline three different invitations from the Marquis of Lansdowne, three from Samuel Rogers, one from Lord Langdale, Barry Cornwall, &c. One of the pleasantest dinners I ever enjoyed was with Mrs. Norton. Caroline Elizabeth Sarah Sheridan, poet and novelist, daughter of Thomas Sheridan, granddaughter of Richard Brinsley Sheridan, was born in 1808, and married, in 1827, to George Chapple Norton, the Recorder of Guildford, a union which ended unhappily. In 1836, she was accused of criminal intimacy with Lord Melbourne, then prime minister, who, however, prevailed in a suit brought by her husband. Greville's Memoirs, Chap. XXI. May 11, 25, and June 27, 1836. She married, March 1, 1877, Sir William Stirling (Maxwell), author of works on Spanish history and literature, who was her junior by ten years, and d
after a transforming sleep, like that of the chrysalis, in his hands, to have taken wing, in length, in the brilliant form of the Rivals. Next came Richard Brinsley Sheridan, second son of the player, and this lady dramatist. -- Born at Dublin, in September, 1752, he died in 1816. He left two sons — Thomas, a man of great ability, and (by his second marriage) Charles, a poet, whom the writer of this knew very well, for his death took place only a few years ago. He was Sheridan's son by the second wife, Miss Ogle, and had none of the hereditary good looks of the family; for his complexion was muddy, his eyes small, and some of his teeth projecting like discolored tusks. He died unmarried. Tom Sheridan left one son,(Richard Brinsley Sheridan, now member of Parliament for the borough of Dorchester, near which he has a large estate, acquired by an advantageous marriage,) and three daughters, who, from their beauty, merited the appellation of The Graces. Nearly twenty-on
father, William Wallack, being a distinguished comedian and vocalist; and his mother, Elizabeth Field, playing the leading female characters with Mr. Garrick for several years. He made his first appearance in London at the age of seven, and, after playing boys' parts for some time, passed to the Academic Theatre, established by Queen Charlotte, in Leicester street, Leicester Square, where English and German children appeared on alternate nights.--Here he attracted the attention of Richard Brinsley Sheridan, who gave him an engagement at Drury Lane. That theatre being subsequently burned down, he went to Ireland; but in 1839 returned to England, and on the opening night at the New Drury Lane appeared as "Laertes" in Hamlet. "At the age of twenty-two he replaced Mr. Booth in playing 'lago' to Kean's 'Othello.' About this time he received very tempting offers from New York, and having, by the intervention of Lord Byron, who was his personal friend, obtained two years leave of abs