Dictionary of National Biography, Volume 23

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Sir Leslie Stephen
Macmillan, 1890 - Great Britain
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Page 118 - House, except in such things as in some way related to the business that was to be done within it. If he was ambitious, I will say this for him, his ambition was of a noble and generous strain. It was to raise himself...
Page 404 - He divides his care, his time, and his health, between these two. The actress is as haughty as Mademoiselle : she insults her, she makes grimaces at her, she attacks her, she frequently steals the king from her, and boasts whenever he gives her the preference. She is young, indiscreet, confident, wild, and of an agreeable humour : she sings, she dances, she acts her part with a good grace.
Page 125 - It struck a deeper terror, though it was but the action of a single ship, into the hearts of the Spanish people — it dealt a more deadly blow upon their fame and moral strength, than the destruction of the Armada itself; and in the direct results which arose from it, it was scarcely less disastrous to them.
Page 378 - In 1824 he became a member of the council of the Royal College of Surgeons, of which he was president in 1833, 1841, and 1854.
Page 164 - For my own part I found my creeping genius more fixed upon the images of life than the images of wit...
Page 361 - These inquiries have led the Committee to believe that the substitution of inanimate for animal power, in draught on common roads, is one of the most important improvements in the means of internal communication ever introduced. Its practicability they consider to have been fully established ; its general adoption will take place more or less rapidly, in proportion as the attention of scientific men shall be drawn by public encouragement to further improvement.
Page 25 - In the same pious confidence, beside her friend and sister, here sleep the remains of Dorothy Gray, widow, the careful, tender mother of many children, one of whom alone had the misfortune to survive her.
Page 19 - Gray, in deference to the Archbishop of Canterbury, acquiesced in his decision ; but after the conference was over fifty-five bishops joined in the following declaration : ' We the undersigned bishops declare our acceptance of the sentence pronounced upon Dr. Colenso by the metropolitan of South Africa, with his suffragans, as being spiritually a valid sentence.
Page 254 - Genealogies ; or, the Sources whence English Genealogies may be traced, from the Conquest to the present Time : accompanied by Specimens of Ancient Records, Rolls, and Manuscripts, with Proofs of their Genealogical Utility. Published expressly for the Assistance of Claimants to Hereditary Titles, Honours, or Estates.
Page 118 - ... the business that was to be done within it. If he was ambitious, I will say this for him, his ambition was of a noble and generous strain. It was to raise himself, not by the low, pimping politics of a court, but to win his way to power, through the laborious gradations of public service ; and to secure himself a well-earned rank in parliament, by a thorough knowledge of its constitution, and a perfect practice in all its business.

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