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George Ticknor, Life, letters and journals of George Ticknor (ed. George Hillard), Chapter 23: (search)
eath of a sister, who had been your companion from childhood, and whose empty seat by your hearth makes you feel very desolate, touches me nearly. I am old,—almost seventythree,—and the few friends of my youth and riper years, that have remained to me until now, are constantly dropping away. One has fallen this week. Another will go soon. And the rest must follow before long, whether it pleases God that I should precede them or not. In 1819 I spent two or three days with the Duke of Bedford at Woburn Abbey. See Vol. I. p. 268. There was a brilliant party there, just at the end of the shooting-season,—the old Lord Spencer, Frere, the Jerseys, etc. One forenoon I remember that, with your brother, and a clergyman whose name I have forgotten, I walked a good deal about the grounds and park. Lord John was at home, and my recollections of him—with whom I have kept up some intercourse from time to time ever since—and of your brother are most agreeable, as they are, indeed, of