Our Colonial Homes Volume 30

Our Colonial Homes Volume 30

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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. 1894 edition. Excerpt: ...at the President as he appeared at his fortnightly receptions. The account from which we quote goes on to say: "/Ve passed through a large vestibule or ball, and entered a circular room brilliantly lighted, where we found Mr. Adams and his lady, to each of whom I was formally introduced by my companion. Mr. Adams is a man of letters, a fine scholar, and a good statesman. His stature, you observe, is low, his head somewhat bald, and his eye watery, but full and penetrating. He is reserved, but not repulsive, charitable, though formal, and possessing great warmth of feeling under an exterior of apparent coldness. But, with your consent, we will take up a position where we shall be more convenient to the ices, which, I perceive, are just making their appearance." john Quincy Adams had been intimate with Burke, Fox, Sheridan, and Pitt. Like the elder Pitt, he died in harness. He was a man of extraordinary physical and intellectual vigor. Even as an octogenarian he was an early riser, taking long walks before other people were astir. His studies for the day were usually finished before he took his breakfast. He wrote and talked admirably. Nhen he was minister at Berlin he wrote the "Letters on Silesia," published in London in 1804, fron1 which Carlyle quotes in his "Frederick." The day before his last illness he composed a piece of poetry to a young lady. His letters to his sister were models in beauty of thought and expression; and his conversation was fascinating and instructive to a degree which few men have equaled. Born in the day of colonial vassalage, he lived to see his country a strong and prosperous republic. When stricken down on the floor of the House, he had in his hand the memorial of M. Vattemare...show more

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  • Paperback | 66 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 136g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236989309
  • 9781236989307