Excerpt from A View of the Life, Travels, and Philanthropic Labours of the Late John Howard
Here he steadily pursued those plans, both with respect to the regulation of his personal and family concerns, and to the promotion of the good of those around him, which princi ple and inclination led him to approve. Though without the ambition of making a Splendid appearance, he had a taste for ele gant neatness in his habitation and furniture. His sobriety of manners and peculiarities of living did not fit him for much promiscuous society; yet no man received his select friends with more true hospitality; and he always maintained an intercourse with several of the first persons in his county, who knew and re spected his worth. Indeed, however ancom plying he might be with the freedoms and irregularities of polite life, he was by no means negligent of its received forms; and, though he might be denominated a man of scruples and singularities, no one would dis pute his claim to the title of a gentleman.
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