Rose-Belford's Canadian Monthly and National Review Volume 15

Rose-Belford's Canadian Monthly and National Review Volume 15

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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. 1879 edition. Excerpt: ...Sterne.' The correspondence between husband and wife can hardly, therefore, have been frequent. In the latter half of l76l, Sterne, as we have said, left London, and went to reside at his new living of Coxwould, which in his memoirs he calls ' a sweet retirement in comparison of Sutton.' His real feelings with regard to any retirement ' in comparison of London, ' are feelingly expressed in the following extract from a letter written towards the end of 1761: ' I rejoice you are in London. Rest you there in peace; here 'tis the devil. You was a good prophet. I wish myself back again, as you told me I should. " "' Oh Lord! now are you going to Ranelagh to-night, and I am sitting sorrowful as the prophet was, when the voice cried out to him and said, " What doest thou here, Elijah? " ' His wife and daughter resided with him here, and in a letter written almost at the same time as the one from which we have just quoted, and whose sincerity we rather doubt, it being evidently designed to impress the recipient with the idea of rural felicity and perfect contentment, he says: ' My Lydia helps to copy for me, and my wife knits, and listens as I read her chapters.' Their life at Coxwould can hardly have been of this idyllic nature, and a passage in one of Sterne's letters foreshadows the growing desire to live apart from him, which led his wife to seize the first reasonable opportunity of separation. ' Else, ' he says, 'she declares herself happier without me; but not in any anger is this declaration made, but in pure, sober, good sense, built on sound experience. She hopes you will be able to strike a bargain for me before this time...show more

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  • Paperback | 406 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 21mm | 721g
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  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236825810
  • 9781236825810