The Midland [A Magazine for the Middle West]

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General Books LLC, 2010 - 188 pages
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1838 edition. Excerpt: a fire which happened at Westport, the seat of the Marquis of Sligo, whose mother was the youngest daughter of the hero. Still, 400 letters which have been obtained, addressed to one correspondent, Sir Roger Curtis, would indicate that much important correspondence must still remain in the possession of individuals, who, as the object is a national one, might still forward them to the author, in readiness for another edition. The early portion of the life is, therefore, of necessity Sir John, perhaps in dislike of scandal, barely mentions Madame Kilmanscgge, the lady by whom the connexion was made. but lightly touched, though, fortunately, in the proudest epoch of the hero's career, the Admiral's private journal, some most interesting letters, and many anecdotes from surviving officers, render the information so full and satisfactory as to assume much of an autobiographical character. The mention of this word leads us to regret that public men, whose acts and reputation are public property, should be too reserved in being the memorialists of their own actions, since the merest notes kept by them would prove a valuable frame for a succeeding writer. Thus Heylin left memoranda for " a rule to write his life by;" and thus Juvenal Gilford was induced to inform us of deeds and motives, which none but himself could have told. " Anciently," says Tacitus, " many wrote their own lives, rather as a testimony of their conduct, than from pride." Julius Caesar and Saint Augustine gave early and good specimens of this kind of biography, and Rousseau a recent and disgusting example. Notwithstanding the deficiency of papers alluded to, Sir John has got well through his undertaking; the book before us is a mine of interesting facts and busy events, and...

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