Coke of Norfolk and His Friends: The Life of Thomas William Coke, First Earl of Leicester of Holkham, Containing an Account of His Ancestry, Surroundings, Public Services & Private Friendships & Including Many Unpublished Letters from Noted Men of His Day, English & American

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J. Lane, 1912 - 632 pages
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Amazing book, written almost 100 years ago! I was touched by many of its stories, such as the death of Viscount Andover in a hunting accident and of Thomas Coke's beloved first wife, Jane Dutton. I also never realized the pivotal role that Thomas Coke had in ending the war with the American colonies. I will be definitely including excerpts of this great book for my book, "Lord Sherborne". For example, I learned that Sherborne previously was referred to as "Shireborne".
E. K. Vyhmeister

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Page 111 - The policy, as well as the benevolence of Great Britain, have thus far checked the extremes of war, when they tended to distress a people still considered as our fellow subjects, and to desolate a, country shortly to become again a source of mutual advantage...
Page 366 - Transparent bird-lime form'd the middle* And chains invisible the border. So cunning was the apparatus, The powerful pot-hooks did so move him, That, will he, nill he, to the great house, He went, as if the devil drove him.
Page 213 - Make yourself easy, my dear friend ! Believe me the world will now soon be convinced that there not only is not, but never was, any ground for those reports, which of late have been so malevolently circulated.
Page 446 - Shearing there was, indeed; but it was only one item in this full round of practical agriculture. The whole lasted three days, occupying the morning of each, until dinner time at about 5 o'clock. The shearing of sheep, was the closing operation of the third day.
Page 40 - It is a melancholy thing to stand alone in one's own Country. I look around, not a house to be seen but my own. I am Giant, of Giant Castle, and have ate up all my neighbours — my nearest neighbour is the King of Denmark.
Page 266 - Coke] that a Treaty of separation and provision is on foot (if not already concluded) between His Royal Highness and the late Princess Fitz.
Page 1 - For three things he would give God solemn thanks ; that he never gave his body to physic, nor his heart to cruelty, nor his hand to corruption.
Page 267 - The whole party full-dressed, and the Speaker himself so, except that he wore no sword. The style of the dinner was soups at top and bottom, changed for fish, and afterwards changed for roast saddle of mutton and roast loin of veal. The middle of the table was filled with a painted plateau ornamented with French white figures and vases of flowers. Along each side were five dishes, the middle centres being a ham and boiled chicken. The second course had a pig at top, a capon at bottom, and the two...
Page 613 - ... improvements that have taken place in it ; most of the great estates have been made from it : for, without leases, no marling, to any extent, would have been undertaken, nor so much ground brought into cultivation, by one-third, as there now is. The Holkham estate, alone, strongly proves this assertion, as...
Page 267 - Burgundy, champagne, l hock, and hermitage. The dessert was served by drawing the napkins and leaving the cloth on. Ices at top and bottom ; the rest of the dessert oranges, apples, ginger wafers, etc. Sweet wine was served with it. " After the cloth was drawn a plate of thin biscuits was placed at each end of the table and the wine sent round, viz. claret, port, Madeira, and sherry. Only one toast given —

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