Memoirs of Emma, Lady Hamilton; With Anecdotes of Her Friends and Contemporaries

Memoirs of Emma, Lady Hamilton; With Anecdotes of Her Friends and Contemporaries

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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. 1891 edition. Excerpt: ...-At this festive scene, which consisted of a ball and supper, eighteen hundred persons are said to have been entertained; but the harmony was somewhat interrupted by an altercation between the admiral and his son-in-law, which might have been attended with serious consequences, if Captain Troubridge and another officer had not conveyed the young man out of the room.2 The occasion of this disturbance was some intemperate language which Mr. Nisbet incautiously applied to Lady Hamilton, whom he accused in plain terms of having supplanted his mother in the affections of the admiral. 1 This additional verse, from the pen of Miss Knight, ran thus: --"Join we great Nelson's name, First on the rolls of Fame, Him let us sing. Spread we his fame around, Honour of British ground, Who made Nile's shores resound, God save the King." 2 This was Nelson's fortieth birthday, and the grand fete cost Sir W. Hamilton over 2,000 ducats. In the saloon, underneath a magnificent canopy, was erected a rostral column, bearing the words, ' Veni, Vidi, Vici," and the names of the heroes of the Nile. The feelings of Captain Nisbet were excited by wine and anger, but a reconciliation between him and his stepfather was effected by the mediation of Sir W. and Lady Hamilton. Nisbet's temper was probably quick, and his manners the reverse of polished. See note at end of Chapter. The terms in which this accusation was conveyed, and the time chosen for making it, cannot certainly be justified; but on the other hand it ill became the lady who was the object of it to relate the adventure at all, much less in a manner that served to throw the whole odium upon the indiscreet relative of her admirer, without the slightest explication of the cause of that rude behaviour which she was so...show more

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  • Paperback | 66 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 136g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236665570
  • 9781236665577