Sir William Temple; The Gladstone Essay, 1908

Sir William Temple; The Gladstone Essay, 1908

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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. 1908 edition. Excerpt: ... as Duke of Grafton, was killed in 1690 in the attack upon Cork. His widow was remarried in 1698 to Sir Thomas Hanmer, Speaker of the House of Commons and Editor of Shakspeare, and died in 1723. 2 " In a great rage he answered: ' Yes; he would tell me what a man could do more; which was to let the King and all the world know how basely and unworthily the States had used him; and to declare publicly how their Ministers were a company of rogues and rascals, and not fit for His Majesty or any other Prince to have anything to do with.'" (Temple to his father, 22nd November 1670. "Works," ii. 173-7.) Clifford was evidently a master of words. Even yet the English Government had not thrown aside the mask; it was not until June 1671 that Temple received his definite recall. In accordance, probably, with a stipulation by Louis XIV. he had not been allowed to rejoin his embassy, and he was now given leave to send a letter of farewell to the States. A royal yacht was despatched to bring Lady Temple to England, but such were the orders given to the captain of the vessel that the Ambassadress's life was at one moment in danger of being sacrificed to Charles's desire for a pretext for war. An actual encounter with the Dutch fleet was, however, avoided, and Lady Temple was landed in safety in England. The affair gave Temple an occasion for a display of the wit in which he sometimes indulged. " I told (the King)," he says, " that it must be confessed there was some merit in my family, since I had made the alliance with Holland, and my wife was like to have the honour of making the war."2 Such was the conclusion of Temple's mission at The Hague; " and thus an adventure ended in smoke which had for almost three years made such a noise in the world, and restored...show more

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  • Paperback | 32 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 77g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236673689
  • 9781236673688