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George Ticknor, Life, letters and journals of George Ticknor (ed. George Hillard), Chapter 2: (search)
nt to see my old acquaintance, Count Brunetti, whom I had known as Austrian Charge d'affaires at Madrid, and who is now Austrian Minister here, married, and with three or four children. He is much ch I had a long and very agreeable visit from Count Cesare Balbo, whom I knew very well in 1818 at Madrid, where his father was Sardinian Minister. He has had very various fortunes since I saw him lastlarge, consisting of Ramirez, the Neapolitan Minister, whom I knew as a Secretary of Legation in Madrid; Heldewier, the Dutch Minister, whom I knew, also, as a Secretary at Madrid; Truchsess, the PrusMadrid; Truchsess, the Prussian Minister; the Marquis and Marchioness de Podenas, the latter of whom played so great a part in the service of the Duchess de Berri; and several other persons. It was an elegant dinner, and so fa special about it, except that I was struck with meeting so many persons at Turin whom I knew at Madrid. I can already count seven. October 4.—Count Balbo came to town this forenoon to see us, and
George Ticknor, Life, letters and journals of George Ticknor (ed. George Hillard), Chapter 3: (search)
Chapter 3: Florence. Niccolini. Madame Lenzoni. Grand Duke. Micali. Alberti manuscripts of Tasso. Gino Capponi. Italian society. Rome. Bunsen. Thorwaldsen. Princess Gabrielli. Borgheses. Cardinal Fesch. English society. Princess Massimo. Archceological lectures. Journal. Florence, November 5.—A rainy day. I went, however, to see my friend Bellocq, whom I knew in Madrid as Secretary of the French Embassy there, and who is here Charge d'affaires from France, a bachelor, grown old, and somewhat delabre, but apparently with as much bonhomie as ever. I drove, too, to Greenough's house, but found he had gone to the United States; Horatio Greenough, the American sculptor. . . . . but I did little else except make inquiries about the cholera at Naples, which threatens to interfere with our plans. In the evening I went to a regular Italian conversazione, which occurs twice a week at the house of the Marchioness Lenzoni, the last descendant of one
George Ticknor, Life, letters and journals of George Ticknor (ed. George Hillard), Chapter 4: (search)
of a German theologian. who was a Secretary of Legation, and met the affronts there described, and whose death and last days are described, often word for word, in Werther, from a letter sent by Kestner to Goethe . . . . February 25.—We took a ride on horseback this morning out at the Porta Pia . . . . Afterwards I made a long visit to Cardinal Giustiniani, whom I knew formerly in Spain, and whom I have been intending to visit ever since I have been in Rome . . . . . He was a great man in Madrid when I first knew him, for he was Nuncio; he is a greater man now, being one of the principal ministers of the Pope, and the person who receives all memorials; and he was near being greatest of all, for nothing but the veto of the King of Spain prevented his being made pope in 1831, when Gregory XVI. was chosen. He is now sixty-eight years old, and quite stout and well preserved, though lame from a fall he suffered some years ago; and he has the reputation of being second to none of the Sa
George Ticknor, Life, letters and journals of George Ticknor (ed. George Hillard), Chapter 6: (search)
ty that has been given this season, and the whole force of the beau monde is, therefore, by no means collected. It was, like all such parties in the great capitals of the Continent, a collection of extremely well dressed people in beautiful and brilliantly lighted rooms. Among them I found a few old acquaintances, especially the Duke de Villareal, recently Prime Minister in Portugal, and son of the Souza who published the magnificent Camoens. I knew him when he was Minister of Portugal at Madrid, and had much pleasant talk with him about old times. The Circourts were there, Count d'appony, Countess de Ste. Aulaire, and a good many persons whom I knew, so that I had an agreeable visit. December 18.—I went, as usual on Mondays, to Fauriel's lecture on Spanish Literature; which, as usual, was much too minute on the antiquities that precede its appearance. In fact, now, after an introductory lecture and two others, he has not completed his view of the state of things in Spain at th
George Ticknor, Life, letters and journals of George Ticknor (ed. George Hillard), Chapter 7: (search)
the Tuileries, and we went, with the rest of the world, to see the show. It was, what is rare in such cases, worth the trouble. . . . . Between three and four thousand persons were collected in the grand halls; but still there was no crowd, so vast was the space, and so well was the multitude attracted and distributed through the different rooms. Nothing could well be more brilliant than the lighting, nothing more tasteful than the dresses. I have seen more diamonds both in Dresden and in Madrid; and, indeed, the Duchess of Anglona, to-night, made more show than anybody else, with the diamonds that, I suppose, I used to see worn by the old Duchess of Ossuna, twenty years ago. . . . . Having quite accidentally fallen in with Mad. Martinetti, the Count and Countess Baldissero, and the Spanish Ambassador Campuzano, we made one party with them till about one o'clock, when the ladies went in together to supper. We gentlemen stood and saw them pass through, to the number of more than
George Ticknor, Life, letters and journals of George Ticknor (ed. George Hillard), Chapter 12: (search)
rature, and need for it copies of a few manuscripts to be found in Madrid and in the Escorial. A young Spaniard named Pascual de Gayangos ha him give you a written memorandum of what he has ordered for me in Madrid, the person of whom he has ordered it, and the best mode of accompl may take us on your return. Meantime, allow me to write to you in Madrid, if I happen to get into any unexpected bother for want of a rare br. Cogswell has refused the appointment of Secretary of Legation at Madrid; preferring to remain in New York, as librarian of a great library communication with Don Fermin Gonzalo Moron, or any other person in Madrid, bookseller, book-collector, or whatever he may be, that will assisrd till I found it in his catalogue. To Don Pascual de Gayangos, Madrid. Niagara Falls, N. Y., July 24, 1844. my dear Mr. Gayangos,—I hvue des Deux Mondes, 1850 (by Rossieuw de St. Hilaire); El Heraldo, Madrid, March, 1850 (by Domingo del Monte); London Morning Chronicle, May,
George Ticknor, Life, letters and journals of George Ticknor (ed. George Hillard), Chapter 13: (search)
tatives from Boston; and many other friends and acquaintances were there, officially or for pleasure. Sir Henry Bulwer, as English Minister, was a brilliant acquisition to the society of the place; the Chevalier Hulsemann, Austrian Charge d'affaires, recollected seeing Mr. Ticknor once in the riding-school in Gottingen, thirty-five years before, and remembered his appearance so well, he said he should have recognized him; a son of that Marquis de Sta. Cruz who had so often been his host in Madrid was a member of the Spanish Legation; and, finally, the White House, as presided over by good General Taylor and his attractive daughter, Mrs. Bliss, was, socially, more agreeable than usual. The constant dinner-parties at which this circle met were uncommonly bright with clever conversation, and the mornings passed with Mr. Webster, or in the Houses of Congress and the Supreme Court, were interesting. Unfortunately Mr. Ticknor was not well during this visit, and unfortunately, also, hi
George Ticknor, Life, letters and journals of George Ticknor (ed. George Hillard), Chapter 14: (search)
1587, the original editions of nearly all Antonio de Guevara's works, etc., . . . . making in all about fifty volumes, well worth having. . . . . A few days ago Puibusque, who wrote the Histoire compare des Litteratures Espagnole et Francaise, . . . . sent me a thick octavo filled with a translation of the Conde Lucanor, a long political and military life of its author, Don John Manuel, and copious notes, adding, both in the original and in the French, one more tale, from a manuscript in Madrid, than was before known, making the whole number fifty. The book is a creditable one to the author, but not important, except for the new tale. One odd thing in relation to it is, that he found some of his best manuscript materials in my library when he was here in 1849; a circumstance of which he makes more honorable mention and full acknowledgment than Frenchmen commonly think to be needed. So, you see, I go on, almost contrary to my principles, piling up old Spanish books on old Spani
George Ticknor, Life, letters and journals of George Ticknor (ed. George Hillard), Chapter 16: (search)
es Wood, and one or two people near us, who enjoyed the joke to the full. Mr. Crampton had been recently recalled from Washington, where he was British Minister, on complaints of our government. Mr. Ticknor says elsewhere: Thackeray, who has a strong personal regard for him, was outrageous on the matter, and cursed the Ministry by all his gods for making him, as he said, their scape-goat. As Mr. Ticknor expected, he was soon sent Minister to Hanover, and afterwards to St. Petersburg and Madrid. I found Mr. Crampton very agreeable, and immediately noticed his great resemblance to his father, as I knew Sir Philip in 1835. Yes, said a person to whom I mentioned it, they still look so much alike that we call them the twins. . . . . The Ministry were, no doubt, partly responsible for the mistakes about the enlistment last summer,—more, perhaps, than they can well admit. They were too much engrossed by the Russian war, and the worrying arrangements for the peace before the negotiations
George Ticknor, Life, letters and journals of George Ticknor (ed. George Hillard), Appendix C: (search)
Appendix C: Literary honors. 1816.Mineralogical Society of Jena. 1818.Royal Academy of History, Madrid. 1821.American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Boston. 1821.American Academy of Languages and Belles-Lettres, Boston. 1825.Columbian Institute, Washington, D. C. 1828.American Philosophical Society, Philadelphia 1832.Royal Patriotic Society, Havana. 1833.Massachusetts Historical Society, Boston. 1845.American Ethnological Society, New York. 1850.Doctor of Laws, Harvard College, Massachusetts. 1850.Doctor of Laws, Brown University, Rhode Island. 1850.Society of Antiquaries, of London. 1850.Maryland Historical Society, Baltimore. 1857.Institute of Science, Letters, and Arts, of Lombardy. 1858.Doctor of Laws, Dartmouth College, New Hampshire. 1858.Historical Society of Tennessee, Nashville. 1864.Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. 1866.Numismatic and Antiquarian Society, Philadelphia. 1866.Doctor Literarum Humaniorum, Regents of the University o
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