Life, Letters, and Journals of George Ticknor, Volume 2 (Google eBook)

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J.R. Osgood, 1876
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Page 535 - This book is a preservation photocopy. It was produced on Hammermill Laser Print natural white, a 60 # book weight acid-free archival paper which meets the requirements of ANSI/NISO Z39.48-1992 (permanence of paper) Preservation photocopying and binding by Acme Bookbinding Charlestown, Massachusetts _ 1995 The borrower must return this item on or before the last date stamped below.
Page 150 - ... common business footing. When I wrote an article, I used to send it to Jeffrey, and waited till it came out; immediately after which I enclosed to him a bill, in these words, or words like them : ' Francis Jeffrey, Esq., to Eev. Sydney Smith, To a very wise and witty article, on such a subject, so many sheets, at forty-five guineas a sheet.
Page 180 - I should think he takes no pains to mitigate. . . . To-day he spoke , as I think he commonly does without notes, and therefore as nearly extempore as a man can who prepares himself carefully, as was plain he had done. He was impressive, I think, though such lecturing could not well be very popular ; and, in some parts, if he were not poetical, he was picturesque.
Page 167 - Mr. Wordsworth says would be useless and unintelligible in other hands than his own ; the second is the Excursion ; and the third is untouched. On my asking him why he does not finish it, he turned to me very decidedly, and said, " Why did not Gray finish the long poem he began on a similar subject ? Because he found he had undertaken something beyond his powers to accomplish. And that is my case.
Page 510 - After the receipt of said sum the city is required to spend not less than one thousand dollars in every five years, during the twenty-five years next succeeding (ie, the income of four thousand dollars, at the rate of five per cent, per annum), in the purchase of books in the Spanish and Portuguese languages and literature. At the end of twentyfive years the income of...
Page 150 - England, on the social relations, and especially on the characters of men of letters. To my considerable surprise, both Hallam and Smith, who have been to a singular degree petted and sought by the aristocracy, pronounced its influence noxious. They even spoke with great force and almost bitterness on the point. Smith declared that he had found the influence of the aristocracy, in his own case, " oppressive," but added, " However, I never failed, I think, to speak my mind before any of them ; I hardened...
Page 302 - I would establish a library which differs from all free libraries yet attempted; I mean one in which any popular books, tending to moral and intellectual improvement, shall be furnished in such numbers of copies that many persons can be reading the same book at the same time ; in short, that not only the best books of all sorts, but the pleasant literature of the day, shall be made accessible to the whole people when they most care for it; that is, when it is fresh and new.
Page 326 - ... The lunches are much the same, with puddings, etc., added, and several sorts of wine ; and the dinners begin at a quarter to half-past eight, and last till near eleven. Twice, spiced wines were handed round with the meats, which I never saw before, and did not find nearly so savoury as my neighbours did. Everything, in short, announced even in the same houses an advance of luxury, which can bode no good to any people. But the tide cannot be resisted.
Page 356 - ... have similarly abandoned whist. The last prelate who was in the habit of playing, and played the old game well, was the learned and eminently orthodox Bishop of Exeter, Dr. Phillpotts. Paris, the Paris of the Second Empire, was no longer, in 1851, what monarchical Paris had appeared in 1838. It was another atmosphere. Old times were forgotten ; the old manners gone. And what is to come in their place ? Paris is externally the most magnificent capital in Europe, and is becoming daily more brilliant...
Page 361 - ... Macaulay's, who seemed uncommonly glad to see me, and talked after his fashion for half an hour, with great richness and knowledge, chiefly on female beauty, which, by the most curious citations from Lady Mary Wortley Montagu's Letters, from Sir Charles Grandison, Congreve's Plays, and such outof-the-way places, he proved had greatly increased in England since the disappearance of small-pox.

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