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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)
think it is one of the most remarkable things from the pen of a woman. The world here does not suspect her, but supposes that the tract is the production of some 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 Mrs. Norton's; her features are smaller, and her countenance lighter and more English. In any other drawing-room she would have been deemed quite clever and accomplished, but Mrs. Norton's claims to these last characteristics are so pre-eminent as to dwarf the talents and attainments of others of her sex who are by her side. Lady Seym
George Ticknor, Life, letters and journals of George Ticknor (ed. George Hillard), Chapter 9: (search)
Rogers's own universality. He urged us again to dine with him to-morrow, said he would give up dining abroad himself and insure us seats at the opera, to see Taglioni, who appears for the first time; in short, he was exceedingly kind. But it is out of the question. To-morrow is our last day in London. . . . . June 5.—. . . . We went to breakfast at Kenyon's, where we met Davies Gilbert,—the former President of the Royal Society,—Guillemard, young Southey, and Mr. Andrew Crosse, of Somersetshire, who has made so much noise of late with his crystallized minerals, formed by galvanic action, and especially with the insects that appeared in some experiments with acids and silica. The object of the breakfast was to show these minerals and insects, and they are really very marvellous and curious. Crosse, too, is worth knowing; a fine, manly, frank fellow, of about fifty years old, full of genius and zeal. It was an interesting morning, but it was ended by a very sad parting; for<
George Ticknor, Life, letters and journals of George Ticknor (ed. George Hillard), Chapter 19: (search)
at in music,—with his wife; and a daughter of the late Dr. Buckland: all, as I find, accomplished and intellectual people, but—as you will readily guess—not more so than my host and hostess. We made a pleasant evening of it . . . . Sunday, August 16.—I find myself in the midst of a very rich and fine establishment. Sir Walter has twenty-three thousand acres of land here, some of it moors, but the greater part very valuable as a grazing country and fully stocked with cattle; while in Somersetshire he has another estate of twelve thousand acres, which comes to him from the elder branch of the Raleighs. . . . . Everything is in perfect order. . . . . His village, the school-house, the house of his agent, and the parsonage, are all as neat and as comfortable as anything in the kingdom; the two last having, besides, a little air of refinement and elegance. Everything, indeed, betokens knowledge and kindness. His own house is of stone, a hundred feet square, built in the Italian fas
James Russell Lowell, Among my books, Wordsworth. (search)
wn powers. It was now that the tragedy of The Borderers was for the most part written, and that plan of the Lyrical Ballads suggested which gave Wordsworth a clew to lead him out of the metaphysical labyrinth in which he was entangled. It was agreed between the two young friends, that Wordsworth was to be a philosophic poet, and, by a good fortune uncommon to such conspiracies, Nature had already consented to the arrangement. In July, 1797, the two Wordsworths removed to Allfoxden in Somersetshire, that they might be near Coleridge, who in the mean while had married and settled himself at Nether-Stowey. In November The Borderers was finished, and Wordsworth went up to London with his sister to offer it for the stage. The good Genius of the poet again interposing, the play was decisively rejected, and Wordsworth went back to Allfoxden, himself the hero of that first tragicomedy so common to young authors. The play has fine passages, but is as unreal as Jane Eyre. It shares wi
the Rev. W. Turner , Jun. , MA., Lives of the eminent Unitarians, Hallet. (search)
Hallet. the name of Hallet, which frequently occurs in the preceding narrative, occupied a distinguished place for three generations in the history of Protestant dissent at Exeter. The first of the series was one of the venerable Two Thousand, ejected from Chesleborough, in Somersetshire. In 1672 he settled at Exeter, where he remained till his death in 1688, exercising his ministry as a faithful, affectionate pastor, under the dangers and trials to which Nonconformist ministers in those troubled times were continually exposed. He is said to have been a diligent student, and a fervent, clear, and impressive preacher. His immediate successor was Mr. G. Trosse, with whom his son, Joseph Hallet, jun., was associated as colleague in 1690. In 1710, this gentleman opened an academy for the education of candidates for the Christian ministry, which continued for several years. In the list of students at this institution we find the names of several who rose to eminence in the succ
the Rev. W. Turner , Jun. , MA., Lives of the eminent Unitarians, James Foster (search)
eady excited to a high degree of bitterness, might carry them. Intolerant laws were in being, which, though they lay dormant, had been passed at no such distant period that they could as yet be said to be in any sense obsolete; and the rigorous treatment which had actually been experienced by that eminent Christian divine and confessor, Thomas Emlyn, was still fresh in every one's recollection. At length he accepted of an invitation to settle with a congregation at Milbourne Port, in Somersetshire, where, however, he does not appear to have remained long. His unpopular sentiments on the points in dispute soon made him obnoxious to a prevailing party, whose influence rendered his situation so uneasy, that he was induced to retire to the house of his friend, the Rev. N. Billingsley, of Ashwick, near the Mendip hills; a gentleman who seems to have afforded a temporary asylum to more than one young man of merit when labouring under the stigma of heresy in these troubled times. While
arrived at Salem, the Jewell on the 13th, and several other vessels during the first week in July. On the 8th of July Winthrop records in his journal: We kept a day of thanksgiving in all the plantations, all the whole fleet being safely come to their port. The Mary & John, of 400 tons, Capt. Squeb, master, sailed from Plymouth March 20, 1629-30, bearing the assistants Edward Rossiter and Roger Ludlow, and about 140 others, godly families and people from Devonshire, Dorsetshire, and Somersetshire, accompanied by two ministers, Revs. John Warham and John Maverick. On the 30th of May, when we came to Nantasket, Now Hull. says Capt. Roger Clap, A young man of twenty-one years, who came out of Plymouth, in Devon. one of her passengers, in his memoirs, Capt. Squeb would not bring us into Charles River, Wood's N. E. Prospect, 1634, gives Mishaum, Mishaumut—Charlestowne, and the names of Rivers of note in the following order: Saugus, Mistick, Mishaum, Naponset, & c. where the M
ty at Charlestown, 22. Simmons, Rev., George, installed over Indep. Cong. Soc., 116. Sir Loin of beef knighted, 66 n. 1. Skelton, Samuel, pastor at Salem, 11. Sleepers in church kept awake, 76. Small lots, 39, 50. Small-pox Hospital, 80, 91. Smith: David built Brick Tavern, 89, 90; Samuel built Prospect House, 89. Snake Rock Hill, 106. Soil rich in Trapelo, 81. Soldiers' Aid Society, 111. Soldiers drafted for Indian war, 62. Soldiers' monument, 110. Somersetshire, colonists from 13. Somerville, 38. Southcot, Mr., a brave soldier, 14. Southside. territory included in, 137. Spirit of liberty in thought and action, 23. Sportsman's paradise, 81. Spring. Dr. Marshall, 82 n. 1. Springfield settled, 40. Squadron lines, 51. Squeb, Capt., a merciless man, 13; lands his passengers on Nantasket Point, 13. Steam-power introduced at factory, 133. Steams: Isaac, autograph, 79; 81, 100; Isak, autograph, 79; Jonathan, 88; Phinehas,
churchmen alone emigrate. The condition of dissenters in England was no longer a state of security or liberty; and the promise of equal immunities tempted many of them beyond the Atlantic, to colonies where their worship was tolerated, and their civil rights asserted. Of these, many were attracted to the glowing clime of Carolina, carrying with them intelligence, industry, and sobriety. A contemporary historian commemorates with singular praise the com- 1683. pany of dissenters from Somersetshire, who were conducted to Charlestown by Joseph Blake, brother to the gallant admiral, so celebrated for naval genius and love of country. Blake was already advanced in life; Chap XIII.} but he could not endure the present miseries of oppression, and feared still greater evils from a popish successor; Oldmixon, i. 337, 338, and 341. Oldmixon is here good authority. Comp. Hewat, i. 89. and he devoted to the advancement of emigration all the fortune which he had inherited as the fruit
see more misfortunes in your majesty's reign than in any former period of history. Deserted in this wise by the connection in whom he had trusted, Pitt immediately sought an interview with the king, who accepted his excuses, and parted from him very civilly. Thus passed what seemed to him the most difficult and painful crisis of his life. All is now over with me, said he despondingly, and by a fatality I did not expect; and with grief and disappointment in his heart, he retired into Somersetshire. Let us see, said the ministers, if the duke of Cumberland will be desperate enough to form an administration without Pitt and Temple. Northington assured them, that they might remain in office if chap. XV.} 1765. June they chose. The most wary gave in their adhesion; even Charles Yorke went to Grenville and declared his support, and Gilbert Elliott did the like. Our cause is in your hands, said the Bedfords to Grenville, and you will do it justice. This was the moment of his g
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