The North British Review Volume 49

The North British Review Volume 49

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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. 1868 edition. Excerpt: ...sensibility, the romantic impulsiveness of character, and ' high imaginings, ' which, in the case of the sister, probably increased constitutional tendencies to the extent of rendering them morbid, and which in that of the brother diminished the successfulness of his career and the happiness of his life. Her eldest son Gilbert and her youngest daughter Eleanor, were not supposed by her to be of the porcelain clay of which the rest were made, and her allusions, soon after Hugh left her, to Gilbert's coldness of manner, as compared with Hugh's more demonstrative nature, is not less striking, when we find that she lived to give her entire confidence to her eldest son, and to be on terms approaching to estrangement with the younger. " To a want therefore of home sunshine, it is possible that we may in part ascribe the fact that the letters written from home deal chiefly with news, with politics, or with advice, while those addressed there by the absent sons, are confined to matters affecting their studies and pursuits. " From their earliest years the boys were training for the world. "' Life, ' says Byron, ' has no Present, ' but childhood is the time of life which should form an exception to the rule, a time when stores of mental as of bodily health may be laid up in days of careless enjoyment " At twelve years old Hugh was with his elder brother in Paris, learning French and Vvxaye du numde under the auspices of David Hume." In 1762, Mr. Liston, afterwards Sir Kobert Liston, a wellknown and much respected diplomatist, became the tutor of the boys Gilbert and Hugh, with a salary of 25 a year, bed, board, and washing. Towards the end of 1764 they were sent with their tutor to Paris, where they spent two years at the military school directed by the...show more

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  • Paperback | 232 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 12mm | 422g
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  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236657896
  • 9781236657893