The Complete Works of John Lothrop Motley

The Complete Works of John Lothrop Motley

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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. 1900 edition. Excerpt: ...without approaching the verge of vulgarity, didactic without the slightest boredom, fervid and touching without bombast, altogether a maitre accompli, and one could not help lamenting that he should not have been at the bar or in the House of Commons, for he certainly would have been Prime Minister or Lord Chancellor by this time. He is a capital story-teller, too, inimitable at the breakfast-table or when the dinner-cloth is removed--altogether too strenuous, too good and too bad for the feeble role of an Anglican bishop. As a cardinal in the days when Rome had power, or a prize-fighter in the great political ring, he would have had scope for his energies. I don't know that I need to say much more of the visit, which was an uncommonly successful one. I parted with the Stanhopes with infinite regret, for although they insist that I shall pay them another visit, I am ashamed to show my face there again. Moreover, there will be hardly time. I have promised Lady Sydney to make them a visit. Coming up to town yesterday, Monday, I found a note from Lady Holland, saying that she had just heard of my still being in town, and asking me to dine Monday or any other day. I went accordingly to Holland House at eight, where I found the hostess as smiling and amiable as ever, and a small party, consisting of Madame de, a Russian, whose husband is a diplomatist, and who knows all the Russians whom we know. She entreated me to visit her at Paris, which she inhabits--I don't know whether officially or not. Then there was jolly old Panizzi, with whom I am to dine to-day, to meet a popish priest, Father Secchi--so appropriate. I am supposed to be very familiar with his name, of which I never heard in my life. Doubtless he will stand in the same interesting...show more

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  • Paperback | 106 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 204g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236857852
  • 9781236857859