A Memoir of the REV. Sydney Smith Volume 2

A Memoir of the REV. Sydney Smith Volume 2

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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. 1855 edition. Excerpt: ...Dearest Kate, Yesterday was a very bad, draggling day, and Paris is not pleasant at sucli a time. I went to the King's Library, containing four hundred thousand volumes; they are lent out, even the manuscripts, and, I am afraid, sometimes lost and stolen. It is an enormous library, but nothing to strike the eye. I then saw the Palais du Prince de Conde, which is not worth seeing. I dined with Lord Holland, who is better. The famous Cuvier was there, and in the evening came Prince Talleyrand, who renewed his acquaintance with me, and inquired very kindly for my brother. I mean to call upon him. The French manners are quite opposite to ours: the stranger is introduced, and I find he calls upon the native first. This is very singular, and, I think, contrary to reason. In the evening I went to Lady Granville's ball; nothing could be more superb. It is by all accounts the first house in Paris. I met there crowds of English. Madame de Bourke, the widow of the late Danish Ambassador, renewed her acquaintance with me. The prettiest girl in the room was Miss Rumbold, the daughter-in-law of Sir Sidney Smith. The French Government are behaving very foolishly, flinging themselves into the arms of the Jesuits; making processions through the streets, of twelve hundred priests, with the King and Royal Family at their head; disgusting the people, and laying the foundation of another revolution, which seems to me (if this man lives) to be inevitable. God bless you! S. S. 247. To Mrs. Sydney Smith. Paris, April 28th, 1826. Dearest Kate, Yesterday was a miserable day; it rained in torrents from morning to night. I employed the morning in visiting in a hackney-coach. It is curious to see in what little apartments a French savant lives; you find him at his books, ...show more

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  • Paperback | 136 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 7mm | 254g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123660864X
  • 9781236608642