Browere's Life Masks of Great Americans

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Printed at the De Vinne Press for Doubleday and McClure Company, 1899 - Masks (Sculpture) - 123 pages

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Awesome book! I have not seen most of this info anywhere. And it puts to rest a few false beliefs such as Thomas Jefferson nearly suffocating from his life mask process.
I'd give it 100 stars if I could.

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Page 31 - Arnold from every circumstance had entered prevent the important consequences, which this conduct on the part of General Arnold was intended to produce. I do not know the party, that took Major Andre, but it is said...
Page 99 - The best blood of England," he once wrote, " flows in my veins ; on my father's side I am a Northumberland, on my mother's side I am related to kings, but this avails me not. My name shall live in the memory of man when the titles of the Northumberlands and the Percys are extinct and forgotten.
Page 8 - There is a motion in his figures that is inconceivable. They seem rather to draw the ship after them than to be impelled by the vessel.
Page 111 - Even in portraits, the grace, and, we may add, the likeness, consists more in taking the general air, than in observing the exact similitude of every feature.
Page 31 - I have now the pleasure to communicate the names of the three persons, who captured Major Andre, and who refused to release him, notwithstanding the most earnest importunities and assurances of a liberal reward on his part.
Page 115 - MANOR, July 29, 1826. Mr. Browere has produced and read to me several letters from sundry most respectable personages ; on their recommendation and at his request I sat to him to take my bust. He has taken it, and in my opinion and that of my family, and of all who have seen it, the resemblance is most striking. The operation from its commencement to its completion was performed in two hours, with very little inconvenience and no pain to myself.
Page 51 - ... and within a few hours of each other, on the fiftieth anniversary of American independence. A certain William Morgan, of Western New York, a member of the society of Free Masons, suddenly disappeared, he having been seized and forcibly carried off. Sept. He had proposed to publish a book revealing the secrets of the order, some of...
Page 28 - ... for three simple peasants, leaning only on their virtue and an honest sense of their duty. While Arnold is handed down, with execration, to future times, posterity will repeat, with reverence, the names of Van Wart, Paulding, and Williams.
Page 91 - I knew Stuart well, and I believe the real cause of his leaving England was his having become tired of the inside of some of our prisons.
Page 61 - a small attenuated old man, with a prominent nose and somewhat receding chin, and small eyes that sparkled when he was interested in conversation. His head was small and his hair white, rather long and silky, while his face and forehead were seamed with wrinkles." The veneration in which the old patriarch was held even at this advanced age is well illustrated by the fact that this same year he was elected a director of the newly formed Baltimore and Ohio Railroad — the first important line in America...

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