Critical Essays Contributed to the Eclectic Review,

Critical Essays Contributed to the Eclectic Review,

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1871 edition. Excerpt: ...of a vigorous understanding on practical affairs and real characters, aided too, as we must have it, and as Mrs. Grant indeed represents, by the society of her enlightened husband, who was considerably her senior, and was also strenuously occupied, during his whole life, in promoting the public good. They are described as having been congenial in a very uncommon degree; their long union was eminently happy, and the manner in which the survivor at once evinced, and endeavoured to conceal, the excesses of her grief for the loss, was more allied to poetry than probably any thing that happened before or after in the back settlements of New Tork. Having no children of her own, this lady in effect adopted a great number of children, in succession, partly those of her relations; but in directing their education she did not, like divers sensible ladies that we have heard of, suffer her whole time and attention to be engrossed by it, and exalt the error into a merit. She knew that a matron lessens her importance in the estimate of children, by appearing to be always at their service; she felt that a constant course of intellectual and religious discipline was due to her own mind, and that a person of sense and property has also duties of a more general nature, than those relating exclusively to her own immediate circle. What we should deem perhaps the principal fault of the book, is too much length of detail concerning the numerous collateral relations of Mr. and Mrs. Schuyler. Except in the instance of the widow of that gentleman's brother, it is impossible to take much interest in a long and perplexing enumeration of persons and personal histories, of no importance in themselves, and serving only to spread out, but to spread out by interrupting and...show more

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  • Paperback | 204 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 11mm | 372g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236614968
  • 9781236614964