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The Daily Dispatch: March 16, 1861., [Electronic resource] 5 1 Browse Search
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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)
ons 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 grave barrister. It is one of the best discussions of a legislative matter I have ever read. I should have thought Mrs. Norton the most beautiful woman I have ever seen, if her sister, Lady Seymour, Jane Georgiana, youngest daughter of Thomas Sheridan, was married, in 1830, to Edward Adolphus,—Lord Seymour,—who became Duke of Somerset on his father's death, in 1855. had not been present. I think that Lady Seymour is generally considered the more beautiful. Her style of beauty is unlike
Sheridanana. It is scarcely too much to say that the Sheridans were, and are, a remarkable race. The first was Dr. Thomas Sheridan, the friend and correspondent of Dean Swift. Eminent and successful as a schoolmaster, he had a great taste for polite letters, as he translated the Satires of Perseus into prose, and the "PSyria. Here, then, we have traced a long line of illustrious Sheridans, through nearly two centuries. 1. The Doctor, friend and biographer of Swift. 2. Thomas Sheridan, actor, lecturer, and author, with his wife, a novelist and dramatist. 3. Richard Brinsley, the Sheridan, " Orator, dramatist, minister who ran Through each Sheridan, " Orator, dramatist, minister who ran Through each mode of the lyre and was master of all." 4. Tom Sheridan, wit and poet, and his brother Charles. 5. Mrs. Norton and her sisters. 6. Lord Dufferin, nephew of Mrs. Norton. --Surely no family can trace such an unbroken line of genius and talent as this. The great Sheridan — dramatist, orator, wit, and bon-vivant--was pronounce