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George Ticknor, Life, letters and journals of George Ticknor (ed. George Hillard), Chapter 4: (search)
an of fortune and high connections, who lives here for his health, and has his family with him. He is an accomplished, scholar-like person, and has been established here so long that he is to be accounted almost a Roman; but he is withal very agreeable and acute. Nobody was at table but the Prussian Minister, Colonel Mure, Monsignor Wiseman, and Lady Westmoreland, who, if not a very gentle person, is full of talent, spirit, and talk. . . . Afterwards we went to Prince Massimo's, and took Anna with us, by special invitation, to see we knew not what. It turned out to be a glass-blower, who made small articles with a good deal of neatness, and amused some children and grown people very well. Such an exhibition would not have been thought very princely in Paris or London, nor very remarkable anywhere; but the good-nature of the Romans is satisfied with very small entertainment. March 3.—. . . . . In the afternoon we went to Overbeck's atelier. . . . . He had little to show us, ex
George Ticknor, Life, letters and journals of George Ticknor (ed. George Hillard), Chapter 7: (search)
religion of the country, are in a transition state. Nothing is settled there. Nothing, I think, is likely to be in our time. To William H. Prescott, Boston. Paris, February 20, 1838. . . . . I have no time to write you, as I should be glad to, about ourselves. We have made a genuine Parisian winter of it, and are not at all sorry that it is drawing to a close. For two months I have been so much in society that it has, at last, fairly wearied me, and I am obliged to stop a little. Anna, who likes the salons less than I do, goes out less; but enough to see all the forms in which, from the politics or the taste of the people, they appear. . . . . One thing strikes me in all these places. I find no English. Though there are thirty thousand now in Paris, they can hardly get any foothold in French society, and it is only when you are at a great ball—at Court or elsewhere—that you meet them. These balls are separate things, entirely, from the proper French society. We hav
George Ticknor, Life, letters and journals of George Ticknor (ed. George Hillard), Chapter 11: (search)
and philosophical, full of knowledge, and still eager in its pursuit. He is, on the whole, the man in New York whom you can get the most out of, if you will take a little pains; for he is really what Bacon calls a full man, and is as ready as he is full. . . . . But enough of all this. We had a very good time in New York, after the way of the world; but at our age such things weary. It was impossible to refuse kindnesses such as were offered to us; but I do not know how often I said to Anna, in the words of Christophoro Sly, after he had heard some scenes of the Taming of the Shrew, 'T is excellent work, ia faith, lady wife, would it were done. So, as soon as the weather permitted us, we finished it and came to Staten Island, where, though we are in a large hotel, we lead an uncommonly quiet life. The island is full of beautiful drives and talks. After passing four months in New York and on Staten Island, in order that his eldest daughter might be under the care of an oc
George Ticknor, Life, letters and journals of George Ticknor (ed. George Hillard), Chapter 16: (search)
pt. I dined at the Duke of Argyll's, with a very brilliant party, and we talked much of you; but Anna was in Kent, on a visit to the Mild mays and Stanhopes, where I was very glad to have her go forelberg, August 8, 1856. Dearest Lizzie,—I hardly know what I can write to you, your mother and Anna have written so much, except to renew to you expressions of my affection, which you feel as sure as secretary to Bunsen,—and Professor Gerhard, the last day, who was among those Lady Lyell wrote Anna she had seen at Berlin, and hoped we should see there, little thinking that he was an old acquainoutside of the town . . . . I liked so well that I think I shall go again this evening . . . . Anna has just come down from the castle, and says your mother and H. mean to dine there under the treereful, but there was plenty of it there too . . . . But let us talk of more agreeable things. Anna has not, I think, kept you in ignorance of Count Frederic Thun, the present civil governor of the
George Ticknor, Life, letters and journals of George Ticknor (ed. George Hillard), Chapter 17: (search)
rreproachable character, and to be striving above everything else, by his own strict observances and by corresponding requirements of others, to advance the Catholic religion. We have every way an agreeable time here; generally a merry one. Pleasant occupations are abundant, and pleasant people to be found everywhere in the salons and at the dinner-tables. Anna the elder, having once gone thoroughly through all the phases and fashions of Roman society, has declined it this time . . . . . Anna the younger, passing every forenoon in an atelier at landscape-painting, and the rest of the day in sight-seeing, began the season with the same purpose of abstinence; but, since the Carnival came in, she has thawed out a little, and been to sundry balls and parties, which have amused her a good deal. I have worked a good deal, more than I expected to, and have found more than I anticipated in the Libraries, which seem to expand as I advance. . . . February 17.—. . . . . We are in the mid
George Ticknor, Life, letters and journals of George Ticknor (ed. George Hillard), Chapter 18: (search)
erhaps, lingering because we remembered that it is Tocqueville's last day. Before we separated, he came up to me and gave me a long message of regrets for you and Anna, . . . . adding, that if either of us want anything in Paris that he can do for us, he shall always be charmed to do it. . . . . I sat next to Lord Aberdeen, and hand poured forth, if not as triumphantly as he pours forth his English, yet with the same tone and accent. . . . . July 14.—Your letter of June 27, addressed to Anna, came this morning. Thank you for it as much as if it were addressed to me, for I have had the full benefit of it. So have sundry of your friends, —as far as goods mother. Sir John seemed to begin just where he left off in Boston, and to have the liveliest recollection of everything there. He sent many messages to you and Anna and Lizzie, full of regret that he should not see any of you, and told his mother how much kindness he had received from you. She is a person of excellent manners,
George Ticknor, Life, letters and journals of George Ticknor (ed. George Hillard), Chapter 19: (search)
ded spirits, and came down to Colonel Harcourt and Lady Catherine, in the Isle of Wight. You and Anna were invited, and much regret expressed, both in writing and by word of mouth, that you could not all flown. . . . . They were all looking well, and sent any quantity of kind messages to you and Anna. But it was late, and I was obliged to leave them, parting from them as heartily as I met them, and pleasantly. When I came away the Countess Josephine sent her affectionate regards to you and Anna, and the Countess Frederic sent her love to Anna, and her regrets that she had not seen you. She Anna, and her regrets that she had not seen you. She is really one of the most attractive persons I have ever met. Count Fritz desired his respects to you, and seemed to have a very lively recollection of his visit to us in Milan. I was very sorry to p my last moments. I drove straight to the Barings', and got a plenty of letters, but opened only Anna's thoughtful, charming little note of the 14th, which had not been in Liverpool two hours, and wh
George Ticknor, Life, letters and journals of George Ticknor (ed. George Hillard), Chapter 20: (search)
Kansas as a free State, it will be the first time that their action has been ultimately successful. . . . . With kindest regards, Yours most truly, Edmund had. To Sir Charles Lyell. Boston, February 19, 1858. my dear Lyell,—. . . . I began a letter to you above a fortnight ago, the fragment of which is now before me, and would have crossed yours on the Atlantic if it had been finished; but Prescott's illness came the next day, and drove everything else out of my mind for a time. Anna wrote you about the first attack and the early relief. Since that time, thank God, he has constantly gone on improving, and is now almost restored . . . . . He is, of course, kept on a low diet, and knows that there must always be a cloud between him and the future; but, still, I believe there is many a year of happiness in store for him. His family, on both the father's and mother's side, have been long-lived; and he has a revenue of good spirits which is better than all the inheritances of
George Ticknor, Life, letters and journals of George Ticknor (ed. George Hillard), Chapter 21: (search)
ces and little known, —I mean to go. I will not disguise from you, however, that Mrs. Ticknor and Anna, without whom, and their influence, I should not move, want a spree, and that Everett has entereds likely to turn out as well as can be expected. My whole service, I suppose, will be to conduct Anna to the ball,—her mother refusing absolutely to go, —for, as Judge Shaw will not be vis-à--vis to t, since I was last in England, in a rationalistic direction. Kind regards to Mrs. Ticknor and Anna. Yours truly, Edmund Head. To Sir Charles Lyell, Bart. Boston, November 27, 1860. My three, or four, or five millions of uneducated slaves on our hands, what shall we do with them? Anna—the younger—asked this question of Count Cavour, in his opera-box, one night, In 1857. See afensive and defensive, with them. I do not believe in this. But it may come with time. . . . Anna wrote to Lady Lyell so much about the Prince's visit, that I can add nothing, except my convi
George Ticknor, Life, letters and journals of George Ticknor (ed. George Hillard), Chapter 22: (search)
that a more ignorant man in regard to natural science can hardly be found; but Dr. Bigelow, who is in deeper than I am, is safe, and he and Agassiz will be held responsible for any mistakes I may make. At least, I intend they shall be. . . . . Anna writes, as usual, so that nothing remains for me but to give you my love, which you are always sure of, as well as that of all mine. Geo. Ticknor. Thenceforward he gave himself to his work of love with a sad pleasure. During the following suay afternoon and told me all sorts of news about people in London. He is looking very well, and can tell you about all the great men at Washington, for he has been stopping with the President. He goes to-morrow in the steamer that takes this. Anna sends her love, I mine. G. T. When he began the Life of Prescott he was already in his sixty-eighth year; and this advanced age might have influenced him unfavorably in either of two ways, making him overfas-tidious and hypercritical of his ow
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