Three Generations of English Women; Memoirs and Correspondence of Susannah Taylor, Sarah Austin, and Lady Duff Gordon

Three Generations of English Women; Memoirs and Correspondence of Susannah Taylor, Sarah Austin, and Lady Duff Gordon

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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. 1893 edition. Excerpt: ... be what it may, what it replaces is not to be regretted. If it is to be only a rechaufee of what failed in the hands of a giant, we may all easily turn prophets. My own discouragement about France arises more from the political character of the people (of all classes) than from anything else. Every government seems a new toy, soon to be pulled in pieces and broken. At all events, you, best and noblest of friends, have not spared them constant and serious teachings. If they will not hear, you, at least, have a clear conscience. I have had a good deal of communication lately with Vienna. There, another sort of madness seems to prevail. It is impossible to divine what the Government intends. The most curious suspicions attach to people, especially Englishmen. That they should hate us is natural; that they should suspect English gentlemen who bear the greatest names of being spies, &c, dishonours nobody but themselves. God knows no spying is required to discover the pranks played 'before high Heaven' by our Spirit of Mischief! What a moment to choose for invoking the direct action of the mob on the government of any country! I feel that we have no right to talk of the toleration of bad or incompetent rulers, while we tolerate such a man as that. He is, of course, popular with the mob; but to what use does he mean to put this popularity? I hear his colleagues look grave--and well they may. "Per contra, if you see the Times, take the trouble to read in the number of the 3rd the account of the management of the Duke of Bedford's estate. It is merely an agricultural letter, but what a picture of the loftiest aristocracy lending itself to all the details of the moral and material improvement of the lowliest classes of men! What habits of order!...show more

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  • Paperback | 182 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 10mm | 336g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236566793
  • 9781236566799