The Howard Papers; With a Biographical Pedigree and Criticism

The Howard Papers; With a Biographical Pedigree and Criticism

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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. 1862 edition. Excerpt: ...had essayed a pyramid that should scare the world with the greatness of his failing house; he had successively made a human idol of his hopes, --and where now were they? Statues of glass--all shivered! " There is something 'very touching in the domestic story of his latter days. He had lived," says Mr. Tiernay, "to behold the wreck of much that could have endeared exis, tence to him: his nephews, to whom he had looked for the succession of his house, were cut off in the flower of youth; and the honors of his family were about to pass away from his own line to that of a distant relative/' The reflection was not happy; but grief could not recal the dead; and as he had built only for his nephew, his first order was to stay all further progress of the work he had been so long sedulously hurrying forward; and he left the, uncompleted mansion---nevertheless a magnificent residence, --for collateral heirs yet more remote, --and for whom he appears to have entertained small regard, to enjoy the benefit of his energy and his taste. He could not, however, entirely divest himself of the gratification he had received, and the happiness the busy work had given to himself and difihsed to others. He still lingered round the spot, as it were by habit. Here it was that he sweetened the drcgs of life or buried a wild despair in a generous hospitality and kindly charity among neighbours who had been acquainted with his sorrows and participated in his grief. When we find that his hospitalities had the character of being princely, and his benevolence without stint, we may understand that THE DUKE still lived in him. Last of his line, his pride----say his hopeless vanity--felt the necessity of maintaining for his own time, the...show more

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  • Paperback | 242 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 13mm | 440g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236768655
  • 9781236768650