Memoirs of the Life of the Right Honorouble Richard Brimsley Sheridan Volume 2

Memoirs of the Life of the Right Honorouble Richard Brimsley Sheridan Volume 2

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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. 1825 edition. Excerpt: oblivion. They who act against the general sympathies of mankind, however they may be artificially buoyed up for the moment, have the current against them in the long run of fame; while the reputation of those, whose talents have been employed upon the popular and generous side of human feelings, receives, through all time, an accelerating impulse from the countless hearts that go with it in its course. Lord Chatham even now supersedes his son in fame, and will leave him at an immeasurable distance with posterity. Of the events of the private life of Mr. Sheri dan, during this stormy part of hispolitical career, there remain but few memorials among his papers. As an illustration, however, of his love of betting---the only sort of Gambling in which he ever indulged--the following curious list of his wagers for the year is not unamusing: " 25th May, 1795.--Mr. Sheridan bets Gen. Fitzpatrick one hundred guineas to fifty guineas, that within two years from this date some measure is adopted in Parliament which shall be (bond _/ide) considered as the adoption of a Parliamentary Reform. " 29th January, r793.--Mr. S. bets Mr. Boothby Clopton five hundred guineas, that there is a Reform in the Representa tion of the people of England within three years from the dale hereof. " 29th January, 1793.--Mr. S. bets Mr. Hardy one hundred guineas to fifty guineas, that Mr. W. Windham does not represent Norwich at the next general election. " 29th January, 1793.--Mr. S. bets Gen. Fitzpa trick fifty guineas, that a corps of British trops are sent to Holland within two months of the date hereof.-" 18th March, 1795.--Mr. S. bets Lord Titchfield two hundred guineas, that the D. of Portland is at the head of an Administration more

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  • Paperback
  • 189 x 246 x 7mm | 236g
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 1236956877
  • 9781236956873