The History of England from the Accession of James the Second; By Thomas Babington Macaulay Volume 7

The History of England from the Accession of James the Second; By Thomas Babington Macaulay Volume 7

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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. 1855 edition. Excerpt: ...long laboured in vain to convince the object of his love that she might lawfully marry him, he at last, whether from weariness of life, or in the hope of touching her heart, inflicted on himself a wound of which, after languishing long, he died. He has often been mentioned as a blasphemer and selfmurderer. But the important service which, by means doubtless most immoral and dishonourable, he rendered to his country, has passed almost unnoticed. iaie or Late in this busy and eventful session the attention of the Ireland. ' Lords' Journals, March 8. 169J. In the article on Blount in the Biogrnphia Britannicn he is extolled as having borne a principal share in the emancipation of the press. But the writer was very imperfectly informed as to the tacts. It is strange that the circumstances of Blount's death should bo so uncertain. That he died of a wound inflicted by his own hand, and that he languished long, are undisputed facts. The common story was that he shot himself; and Narcissus Luttrcll, at the time, made an entry to this effect in his Diary. On the other hand, Pope, who had the very best opportunities of obtaining accurate information, asserts that Blount, "being in love with a near kinswoman of his, and rejected, gave himself a stab in the arm, as pretending to kill himself, of the consequence of which lie really died."--Note on the Epilogue to the Satires, Dialogue I. Warburton, who had lived first with the heroes of the Dunciad, and then with the most eminent men of letters of his time, ouj: ht to have known the truth; and Warburton, by his silence, confirms Pope's assertion. Gildon's rhapsody about the death of his Iricnd will suit cither story equally. Houses was called to the state of Ireland. The government of...show more

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  • Paperback | 116 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 222g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236958284
  • 9781236958280