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George Ticknor, Life, letters and journals of George Ticknor (ed. George Hillard), Chapter 2: (search)
me to tea at seven or eight, and finished the evening with his family and friends. Mrs. Peter also gave us, with a good deal of vivacity, the best account I have ever heard of the proceedings of the British at the capture of Washington; for, as she said, she was too much of a Tory to run, and therefore was an eyewitness of what happened. Of her politics you may judge by the names of her daughters, one of whom she has called Columbia Washington, another America Pinkney, and a third Britannia Wellington. What familiar abbreviations they use in common parlance for those names I did not venture to inquire. . . . . Georgetown, February, 1815. I passed the whole of this morning in the Supreme Court. The room in which the Judges are compelled temporarily to sit is, like everything else that is official, uncomfortable, and unfit for the purposes for which it is used. They sat—I thought inconveniently— at the upper end; but, as they were all dressed in flowing black robes, and were
George Ticknor, Life, letters and journals of George Ticknor (ed. George Hillard), Chapter 3: (search)
ord, it is certainly true; an aide-de-camp arrived in town last night; he has been in Downing Street this morning, and I have just seen him as he was going to Lady Wellington's. He says he thinks Bonaparte is in full retreat towards Paris. After an instant's pause, Lord Byron replied, I am d—d sorry for it; and then, after anotherrs, Gifford, and Campbell. The conversation of such a party could not long be confined to politics, even on the day when they received full news of the Duke of Wellington's successes; and, after they had drunk his health and Blucher's, they turned to literary topics as by instinct, and from seven o'clock until twelve the conversably, and three times during the course of the day we thought nothing remained to us but to sell our lives as dearly as possible. Under every charge the Duke of Wellington remained nearly in the same spot; gave his orders, but gave no opinion,—expressed no anxiety,—showed, indeed, no signs of feeling. They brought him word that h<
George Ticknor, Life, letters and journals of George Ticknor (ed. George Hillard), Chapter 12: (search)
but still she is interesting, because she endeavors to be so by good sense and unpretending kindness; and if she had not lived nearly four miles off, I should have gone to see her often. For the same reason I saw but little of the Duchess de Cadaval, the most distinguished and the most extraordinary woman in Portugal. She is daughter of the Duke of Luxembourg, and married the Duke de Cadaval, who was of the Braganza blood, and who, with the family of Lafoes and the family of the Duke of Wellington, had the only dukedoms in Portugal. . . . The name of Cadaval is the great name in Portugal, and the people already look to it, as they did to the name of Braganza in the time of the Philips; and the intention of the wild conspiracy of Gomez Freire, in June, 1817, was to take the Duke of Cadaval, inexperienced as he is, and place him by violence upon the vacant throne. The Duchess, however, who is now, I suppose, about fifty years old, pale and feeble, but with an animated, original co
George Ticknor, Life, letters and journals of George Ticknor (ed. George Hillard), Chapter 14: (search)
Before going to the ball Lady Downshire called at Lady Mornington's, and Mr. Ticknor went in with her and her daughters. While they were there, the Duke of Wellington came in; and, being asked if he was going to Almack's, said he thought he should look in by and by. A rule had lately been announced by the patronesses that he ballroom, and had been received by Lady Jersey, Mr. Ticknor was still standing with her, and heard one of the attendants say to her, Lady Jersey, the Duke of Wellington is at the door and desires to be admitted. What o'clock is it? she asked. Seven minutes after eleven, your ladyship. She paused a moment, and then said, with emphasis and distinctness, Give my compliments,—give Lady Jersey's compliments to the Duke of Wellington, and say she is very glad that the first enforcement of the rule of exclusion is such, that hereafter no one can complain of its application. He cannot be admitted. Journal. The fashionable part of my life in London w
George Ticknor, Life, letters and journals of George Ticknor (ed. George Hillard), Chapter 22: (search)
as the eye could follow them, often stopped us several minutes at a time .. . . . It was a part of our amusement, during an hour or more we were in reaching the Tower, to watch these different currents, embarrassments, and contests of the different sorts of passengers. At last we arrived, and, passing the drawbridge, drove through streets and ways that seemed quite long, to the Governor's house. It is one of the examples of the pleasant abuses with which England abounds, that the Duke of Wellington is Governor of the Tower, with a good salary, and knows nothing about it; that Sir Francis Doyle is his lieutenant, with another large salary, and resides there only two months in the year; and that somebody else, with a third salary, is the really efficient and responsible person. . . . . Lunch was ready immediately, and as soon as it was ended, Sir Francis and Miss Doyle went over the Tower with us, visiting chiefly those parts not shown to strangers, as we had seen the rest. . . . .
George Ticknor, Life, letters and journals of George Ticknor (ed. George Hillard), Chapter 23: (search)
nd it much larger than I anticipated. The road from Brussels lies through it the greater part of the way; and in general it is about twenty-one miles long and nine broad, so that the English, retreating from Ligny and Quatre Bras after the battles of the 16th of June, had no choice but to fight here. They could fall back no farther. Second. Immediately on emerging from the forest, we came upon the poor little village of Waterloo, with its rather plain church. It was here the Duke of Wellington fixed his headquarters during the night of the 17th; but the little hamlet of Mont St. Jean is full a mile in front of it, and the farm-house of Mont St. Jean, which was exactly in the rear of the British centre, is a sort of outpost still farther on than the hamlet itself. I was surprised to find these distances so great. Third. From the farm-house of Mont St. Jean to La Haye Sainte was not above twenty-five hundred feet, and from La Haye Sainte to La Belle Alliance, where the French
George Ticknor, Life, letters and journals of George Ticknor (ed. George Hillard), chapter 26 (search)
, Daniel, 5, 123 note, 316 and note, 317, 328, 339, 340, 345, 346, 348, 350, 361, 381, 382, 386, 37, 391, 396, 409; Plymouth Oration, 329, 330; letter to, 370; eulogy on Ex-Presidents, 377, 378; works reviewed by G. T., 392, 393. Webster, Ezekiel, 7. Webster, Mrs. D., 328, 331, 345; death of, 386. Welcker, Professor, 121, 454. Weld, Isaac, 420, 424, 425. Weimar, visits, 113. Wellesley, Lady, Georgina, 189, 211, 306. Wellesley, Sir Henry (Lord Cowley), 188, 189, 209, 295. Wellington, Duke of, 62, 64, 65, 296. Wells, Samuel, 143. Wells, William, 8. Wentworth House, visits, 440-445. Werther, Goethe's, G. T. translates, 12. West, Benjamin, 63. West, Mr., 14. West Point, G. T Visitor to the Academy, 372; Examination, 372-376; visits, 386. Whately, Archbishop, 412 and note, 413– 451. Wheaton, Henry, 494, 496, 499, 501. Wheelock, Dr., President of Dartmouth College, 5, 6. Wheelock, Mrs., 5. Whewell, William, 420, 421, 422. Whishart, Mr., 415. White, C
George Ticknor, Life, letters and journals of George Ticknor (ed. George Hillard), chapter 30 (search)
s, Mrs. S. G., 1.13, 49, 68, 260, 328, 331. Perkins, S. G., I. 12, 13, 14, 49, 68. Perkins, S. II., T. 68 and note, 121. Pertz, Dr., II. 313 and note, 332, 358, 359, 365. Pertz, Mrs., II. 359, 365. Peter, America Pinkney, T. 38; Britannia Wellington, 38; Columbia Washington, 38; Thomas, 38. Peter, Mrs. See Custis. Peters, of Merton, II. 168. Petrarch, letter on, I. 341-344. Philadelphia, visits, T. 15, 352, II. 222. Phillips, Jonathan, II. 300. Phillips, Professor J.mar, visits, I. 113. Welcker, Professor, I. 121, 454, II. 101, 325, 328. Weld, Isaac, I. 420, 424, 425. Weld, Mr., II. 165. Wellesley, Lady, Georgina, I. 189, 211, 306. Wellesley, Sir Henry (Lord Cowley), I. 188, 189, 209, 295. Wellington, Duke of, T. 62, 64, 65, 296. Wells, Samuel, I. 143. Wells, William, I. 8. Wensleydale, Lady, II 363, 366, 368. Wensleydale, Lord, II. 363, 366, 367, 368, 372. Wentworth House, visits, I. 440-445, II. 392, .393. Werther, Goethe's, I.