The Literary Era; A Monthly Repository of Literary and Miscellaneous Information Volume 3

The Literary Era; A Monthly Repository of Literary and Miscellaneous Information Volume 3

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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. 1896 edition. Excerpt: ...position; and though he cannot be described as a brilliant statesman, he was an honest man, who possessed, moreover, much more than average ability and common-sense. He was President of the United States when the battle of Waterloo was fought, and he held supreme office during the three years' war between the Republic and this country. He retired from office in 1817, and spent the closing years of his life in academic duties at Virginia University. He died in 1836, at the age of seventy-eight, and his wife survived him for the space of thirteen years. There is much in Mrs. Goodwin's monograph of Mrs. Madison which is at once too intimate and too remote for English sympathy, and it is obvious that the book was written primarily for American readers. At the same time, it is only just to add that it throws much pleasant light on official and social life in the American commonwealth at a period which already seems distant and shadowy. Dolly Madison was a vivacious, quick-witted, generous woman, who took as her political motto--" My husband, may he ever be right! But my husband, right or wrong;" and most valiantly did she stick through thick and thin to that womanly sentiment. She exercised to the close of her life the old gracious, stately hospitality of Virginia, and she seemed to the younger generation to have conquered the secret of perpetual youth as well as to be a living link with the old heroic days of the Republic. It is not necessary to accept purely American testimony as to the charm of her personality; for Harriet Martineau on the one hand, and Charles Dickens on the other, have left on record their impressions of the genial vivacious worker to passing strangers.--The Speaker. Briseis. By William Black. Harper & Bros. Mr....show more

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  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 17mm | 572g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236500202
  • 9781236500205