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t, kept by the vicar of the church at Stratford-on-Avon during the time of Shakspeare, and in which the name of Shakspeare is several times mentioned. What is said of him I do not know. One of our guests to-night was Dr. Severn, in whose hands the manuscript has been placed, and who will edit it. You will doubtless read the Edinburgh Review just published, and the brilliant article by Lord Brougham on Foreign Relations. Jan., 1839, Vol. LXVIII., pp. 495-537,—Foreign Relations of Great Britain. The epigram is given in a note to page 508, where it was first made public. Admire, I pray you, the epigram by Johnny Williams on Napoleon. After reading it, I took down the Greek Anthology, and compared it with the famous one on Themistocles and with several others, and I must say that I think Williams's the best; it is a wonderful feat in the Greek language. Lord B. repeated it to me at table, before it appeared in print. I have also heard Baron Parke repeat it. Williams is said t
Napoleon (Ohio, United States) (search for this): chapter 11
tioned. What is said of him I do not know. One of our guests to-night was Dr. Severn, in whose hands the manuscript has been placed, and who will edit it. You will doubtless read the Edinburgh Review just published, and the brilliant article by Lord Brougham on Foreign Relations. Jan., 1839, Vol. LXVIII., pp. 495-537,—Foreign Relations of Great Britain. The epigram is given in a note to page 508, where it was first made public. Admire, I pray you, the epigram by Johnny Williams on Napoleon. After reading it, I took down the Greek Anthology, and compared it with the famous one on Themistocles and with several others, and I must say that I think Williams's the best; it is a wonderful feat in the Greek language. Lord B. repeated it to me at table, before it appeared in print. I have also heard Baron Parke repeat it. Williams is said to know Virgil and several other classics by heart. In society he is very dull; but he does write beautiful Greek. Lord Brougham's work will no
West Indies (search for this): chapter 11
ful man; and, I am disposed to believe, the most eloquent one in English history. I think I have already told you that Earl Grey said to Lord Wharncliffe, on the evening of B.'s speech on the Reform Bill, that it was the greatest speech he ever heard in his life; and his life covered the period of Pitt and Fox. In this judgment Lord W. concurred. Mr. Rogers has told me that Sir Robert Peel said he never knew what eloquence was till he heard B.'s speech on the abolition of slavery in the West Indies. Do not listen to the articles and the reports that Lord B. is no speaker. He is most eloquent; and his voice, as I heard it in the Lords six months ago, still rings in my ear. And yet I cannot pardon his gross want of propriety in conversation. Think of the language I heard him use about O'Connell. He called him a damned thief. You will also read the article on Prescott in the Edinburgh. It is written by somebody who understands the subject, and who praises with great discrimina
Patrick Henry (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 11
nd has not the air of a gentleman. He takes brandy and water instead of wine. He did not get to throwing decanters or their stoppers; though when he left (which was sufficiently early) his steps did not appear very steady. He does not think of visiting America; but he said that he should be willing to be there without a penny in his pocket, and he would simply say, I am Tom Campbell. He enforces most all that he says by an oath. His brother, as he informed me, married a daughter of Patrick Henry. He told some stories that were none of the purest, with a good deal of humor. Jerdan you well know as the editor of the Literary Gazette. He is a tall, vulgar Scotchman, who annoyed me by proposing my health in a long rigmarole speech. He has a good deal of humor. Of the rest at table I have not time to write you. A diary has just been brought to light, kept by the vicar of the church at Stratford-on-Avon during the time of Shakspeare, and in which the name of Shakspeare is several
Chelsea (United Kingdom) (search for this): chapter 11
Jan. 27, 1839. Among the persons whom I have seen since I wrote the foregoing pages have been Leigh Hunt 1784-1859. and Thomas Campbell. 1777-1844. I yesterday morning saw Leigh Hunt, on the introduction of Carlyle. He lives far from town,—in Chelsea,—in a humble house, with uncarpeted entry and stairs. He lives more simply, I think, than any person I have visited in England; but he possesses a palace of a mind. He is truly brilliant in conversation, and the little notes of his which I have seen are very striking. He is of about the middle size, with iron-gray hair parted in the middle, and suffered to grow quite long. Longfellow has seen him, I think, and he will tell you about him. I believe I have already described to you Carlyle. I met Campbell at a dinner which Colburn, Henry Colburn died in 1855. His residence was at 13 Great Marlborough Street. the publisher, gave me last evening. There were Campbell, Jerdan, William Jerdan, born 1782, for thirty-four y
rdan you well know as the editor of the Literary Gazette. He is a tall, vulgar Scotchman, who annoyed me by proposing my health in a long rigmarole speech. He has a good deal of humor. Of the rest at table I have not time to write you. A diary has just been brought to light, kept by the vicar of the church at Stratford-on-Avon during the time of Shakspeare, and in which the name of Shakspeare is several times mentioned. What is said of him I do not know. One of our guests to-night was Dr. Severn, in whose hands the manuscript has been placed, and who will edit it. You will doubtless read the Edinburgh Review just published, and the brilliant article by Lord Brougham on Foreign Relations. Jan., 1839, Vol. LXVIII., pp. 495-537,—Foreign Relations of Great Britain. The epigram is given in a note to page 508, where it was first made public. Admire, I pray you, the epigram by Johnny Williams on Napoleon. After reading it, I took down the Greek Anthology, and compared it with th
Samuel Rogers (search for this): chapter 11
told you that Earl Grey said to Lord Wharncliffe, on the evening of B.'s speech on the Reform Bill, that it was the greatest speech he ever heard in his life; and his life covered the period of Pitt and Fox. In this judgment Lord W. concurred. Mr. Rogers has told me that Sir Robert Peel said he never knew what eloquence was till he heard B.'s speech on the abolition of slavery in the West Indies. Do not listen to the articles and the reports that Lord B. is no speaker. He is most eloquent; anishaw, who is now blind, and who was the bosom friend of Sir Samuel Romilly, has had it read to him, and says that Lord Holland calls it the most important historical work since Gibbon. I have heard Hallam speak of it repeatedly, and Harness and Rogers and a great many others whom I might mention, if I had more time and I thought you had more patience. Bulwer has two novels in preparation—one nearly completed—and is also engaged on the last two volumes of his History of Greece. This work se
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the manuscript has been placed, and who will edit it. You will doubtless read the Edinburgh Review just published, and the brilliant article by Lord Brougham on Foreign Relations. Jan., 1839, Vol. LXVIII., pp. 495-537,—Foreign Relations of Great Britain. The epigram is given in a note to page 508, where it was first made public. Admire, I pray you, the epigram by Johnny Williams on Napoleon. After reading it, I took down the Greek Anthology, and compared it with the famous one on Themistocles and with several others, and I must say that I think Williams's the best; it is a wonderful feat in the Greek language. Lord B. repeated it to me at table, before it appeared in print. I have also heard Baron Parke repeat it. Williams is said to know Virgil and several other classics by heart. In society he is very dull; but he does write beautiful Greek. Lord Brougham's work will not be published till next week. It is on Natural Theology, in two volumes, and embraces an analysis of
; and he told me that he regarded the work as the most important he had ever published, and as one that would carry his humble name to posterity. Think of Bentley astride the shoulders of Prescott on the journey to posterity! Milman told me he thought it the greatest work that had yet proceeded from America. Mr. Whishaw, who is now blind, and who was the bosom friend of Sir Samuel Romilly, has had it read to him, and says that Lord Holland calls it the most important historical work since Gibbon. I have heard Hallam speak of it repeatedly, and Harness and Rogers and a great many others whom I might mention, if I had more time and I thought you had more patience. Bulwer has two novels in preparation—one nearly completed—and is also engaged on the last two volumes of his History of Greece. This work seems to have been a failure. I see this flash novelist often: we pass each other in the drawing-room, and even sit on the same sofa; but we have never spoken. I could not live th
Tom Campbell (search for this): chapter 11
l fry—the minims— of literature, all guilty of print. Campbell is upwards of sixty. He is rather short and stout, and has not the air of a gentleman. He takes brandy and water instead of wine. He did not get to throwing decanters or their stoppers; though when he left (which was sufficiently early) his steps did not appear very steady. He does not think of visiting America; but he said that he should be willing to be there without a penny in his pocket, and he would simply say, I am Tom Campbell. He enforces most all that he says by an oath. His brother, as he informed me, married a daughter of Patrick Henry. He told some stories that were none of the purest, with a good deal of humor. Jerdan you well know as the editor of the Literary Gazette. He is a tall, vulgar Scotchman, who annoyed me by proposing my health in a long rigmarole speech. He has a good deal of humor. Of the rest at table I have not time to write you. A diary has just been brought to light, kept by the vi
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