The Magazine of Popular Science and Journal of the Useful Arts Volume 1

The Magazine of Popular Science and Journal of the Useful Arts Volume 1

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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. 1836 edition. Excerpt: ... the chivalry of the middle ages, without its vices: to a courage which would honour a soldier in the breach, he united the courtesy, the generosity, the humanity, and the romance of that period;--the term has become degraded by its prostitution, or else we should say he was the perfect gentleman in all the olden signification of that once expressive word. Conscious of his deafness, he could sit for hours in crowded society, waiting till those around addressed him, never manifesting any irritability at apparent neglect; he was holding communion with his own mind, and rich must have been that which could have afforded pleasanter intercourse. When importuned by the querulous complaints of his disappointed customers, or by the superficial remarks of would-be mechanicians, his bland features betrayed no impatience nor contempt, he " shifted his trumpet and only took snuff." Towards the female sex he manifested that refined delicacy which ensures their favour and esteem; and children loved him, for he could amuse and converse with them as a parent. When oppressed by sickness and the infirmities of age, and feeling the approach of death, which he regarded with equal resignation and composure, his countenance would lighten up with pleasure at the entrance of a friend, and beam with intelligence at any happy remark or entertaining anecdote: in short, if ever man possessed perfect command of temper, united to acute susceptibility, it was Edward Troughton. The biographer in the report has mentioned that he was not rich--no wonder, for every season he assembled around him his less-prosperous relatives, and shared his annual profits among them, --he was too proud to accumulate wealth, and even those fair advantages which the most conscientious in trade more

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  • Paperback | 206 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 11mm | 376g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123667376X
  • 9781236673763