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It has been suggested by Mr. Reginald Smith, to whose friendliness and skill the fortunes of this book have been so greatly indebted, that a rather fuller preface might be suitably prefixed to this Edition. When the book first appeared, it was stated on the title-page to be written "by One who has kept a Diary.
On August 13,being then twelve years old, I began my Diary. Several attempts at diary-keeping I had already made and abandoned. This more serious endeavour was due to the fact that a Dandy - J.H.* - Jamais Seul lady gave me a manuscript-book attractively bound in scarlet leather; and such a gift inspired a resolution to live up to it.
Shall И. Брамс* - Эдвин Фишер*, Орк. Под Упр. В. Фуртвенглера* - 2-й Концерт Для Ф-но С Оркестром Си Бемол be deemed to lift the veil of private life too roughly if I transcribe some early entries? She kissed me.
Before long, Love's young dream was dispersed by the realities of Harrow; but the scarlet book continued to receive my daily confidences. Soon—alas for puerile fickleness! To Harrow succeeds Oxford, and now more recognizable names begin to appear—"Liddon" and "Holland," "Gore" and "Milner", and "Lymington.
But through all these personal permutations the continuous Life of the Diary remained unbroken, and so remains even to the present date. Not a day is missing. Entertaining a strong and well-founded suspicion that Posterity would burn these precious volumes unread, I was moved, some few years ago, to compress into small compass the little that seemed worth remembering. At that time my friend Mr. James Payn was already confined to the house by the beginnings of what proved to be his last illness.
His host of friends did what they could to relieve the tedium of his suffering days; and the only contribution which I could make was to tell him at my weekly visits anything interesting or amusing which I collected from the reperusal of my Dandy - J.H.* - Jamais Seul.
Greatly to my surprise, he urged me to make these "Collections" into a book, and to add to them whatever "Recollections" they might suggest. Acting on this advice, I published during the year a series of weekly papers in the Manchester Guardian.
They were received more I Am One - The Smashing Pumpkins - Ready To Rock ! than I had any right to expect; and early in I reproduced them in the present volume—just too late to offer it, except in memory, to dear James Payn.
The fortunes of the Dandy - J.H.* - Jamais Seulfrom that time till now, would not interest the public, but are extremely interesting to me. The book brought me many friends. One story, at any rate, elicited the gracious laughter of Queen Victoria. A pauper who had known better days wrote to thank me for enlivening the monotony of a workhouse infirmary. Literary clerks plied me with questions about the sources of my quotations. A Scotch doctor demurred to the prayer—"Water that spark"—on the ground that the water would put the spark out.
Elderly clergymen in country parsonages revived the rollicking memories of their undergraduate days, and sent me academic quips of the forties and fifties. From the most various quarters I received suggestions, corrections, and enrichments which have made each edition an improvement on the last.
The public notices were, on the whole, Dandy - J.H.* - Jamais Seul kind, and some were unintentionally amusing.
Thus one editor, putting two and two together, calculated that the writer could not be less than eighty years old; while another, Dandy - J.H.* - Jamais Seul Mrs. Prig, "didn't believe there was no sich a person," and acutely divined that the book was a journalistic squib directed against my amiable garrulity.
The most pleasing notice was that of Jean La Frette, some extracts from which I venture to append. It is true that competent judges have questioned the accuracy of M. La Frette's idiom, but his sentiments are unimpeachable. The necessary corrective was Dandy - J.H.* - Jamais Seul wanting, for a weekly journal of high culture described my poor handiwork as "Snobbery and Snippets. Of the celebrated Mrs. Disraeli her husband is reported to have said, "She is an excellent creature, but she never can remember which came War And Crime - Pinkie Dread* - War And Crime, the Greeks or the Romans.
The world is full of vague people, and in the average man, and still more in the average woman, the chronological sense seems to be entirely wanting. Thus, when I have occasionally stated in a mixed company that my first distinct recollection was the burning of Covent Garden Theatre, I have seen a general expression of surprised interest, and have been told, in a tone meant to be kind and complimentary, that my hearers would hardly have thought that my memory went back so far.
The explanation has been that these excellent creatures had some vague notions of Rejected Addresses floating in their minds, and confounded the burning of Covent Garden Theatre in with that of Drury Lane Theatre in It was pleasant to feel that one bore one's years so well as to make the error possible. But events, however striking, are only landmarks in memory. They are isolated and Boston Marathon - Gary Burton - Good Vibes, and begin and end in themselves.
The real interest of one's early life is in its Links with the Past, through the old people whom one has known. Though I place my first distinct recollection inI have memories more or less hazy of an earlier date.
There was an old Lady Robert Seymour, who lived in Portland Place, and died there inin her ninety-first year. Probably she is my most direct link with the past, for she carried down to the time of the Crimean War the habits and phraseology of Queen Charlotte's early Court.
She laid the stress on the second syllable of "balcony. There still lives, in full possession of all her faculties, a venerable lady who can say that her husband was born at Boston when America was a British dependency. This is the widow of Lord Chancellor Lyndhurst, who was born inand Dandy - J.H.* - Jamais Seul to defeat Mr. Gladstone's Paper Bill in the House of Lords on his eighty-eighth birthday.
He died in A conspicuous figure in my early recollections is Sir Henry Holland, M. He was born inand died in The stories of his superhuman vigour and activity would fill a volume. In Bishop Wilberforce wrote to a friend abroad: "Sir Henry Holland, who got back safe from all his American rambles, has been taken by Palmerston through Dandy - J.H.* - Jamais Seul river at Broadlands, and lies very ill.
I well remember his telling me in that his first famous patient was the mysterious "Pamela," who became the wife of the Irish patriot, Lord Edward FitzGerald. Every one Dandy - J.H.* - Jamais Seul went about in London in the 'seventies will remember the dyed locks and crimson velvet waistcoat of William, fifth Earl Bathurst, who was born in and died in He told me that he was at a private school at Sunbury-on-Thames with William and John Russell, the latter of whom became the author of the Reform Bill and Prime Minister.
At this delightful seminary, the peers' sons, including my informant, who was then the Hon. William Bathurst, had a bench to themselves. William and John Russell were not peers' sons, as their father had not then succeeded to the Dukedom of Bedford. In he succeeded, on the sudden death of his elder brother, and became sixth Duke of Bedford; and his sons, becoming Lord William and Lord John, were duly promoted to the privileged bench.
Nothing in Pelham or Vivian Grey quite equals this. When I went to Harrow, inthere was an old woman, by name Polly Arnold, still keeping Hub Cap Eyes - Toby Redd - Hub Cap Eyes stationer's shop in the town, who had sold cribs to Byron when he was a Harrow boy; and Byron's fag, a funny old gentleman in a brown wig—called Baron Heath—was a standing dish on our school Speech-Day.
Once at a London dinner I happened to say in the hearing of Mrs. Procter widow of "Barry Cornwall," and mother of the poetess that I was going next day to the Harrow Speeches. Procter, "that used to be a pleasant outing. Procter died in Among the remarkable Dandy - J.H.* - Jamais Seul of our time, if merely in respect of longevity, must be reckoned Lady Louisa Stuart, sister and heir of the last Earl of Traquair.
She was a friend and correspondent of Sir Walter Scott, who in describing "Tully Veolan" drew Traquair House with literal exactness, even down to Dandy - J.H.* - Jamais Seul rampant bears which still guard the locked entrance-gates against all comers until the Royal Stuarts shall return to claim their own.
Lady Louisa Stuart lived to be ninety-nine, and died in Perhaps the most remarkable old lady whom I knew intimately was Caroline Lowther, Duchess of Cleveland, who was born in and died in She had been presented to Queen Charlotte when there Dandy - J.H.* - Jamais Seul only forty people č. 7 Pěkná Noc - Antonín Dvořák - Svatební Košile the Drawing-room, had danced with the Prince of Orange, and had attended the "breakfasts" given by Albinia Countess of Buckinghamshire who died inat her villa just outside London.
The site of that villa is now Hobart Place, having taken its name from that of the Buckinghamshire family. The trees of its orchard are still discoverable in the back-gardens of Hobart Place and Wilton Street, and I am looking out upon them as I write this page.
Stories of highwaymen are excellent Links with the Past, and here is one. The fifth Earl of Berkeley, who died inhad always declared that any one might without disgrace be overcome by superior numbers, but that he would never surrender to a single highwayman.
As he was crossing Hounslow Heath one night, on his way from Berkeley Castle to London, his travelling carriage was stopped by a man on horseback, who put his head in at the window and said, "I believe you are Lord Berkeley? I asked Lady Caroline Maxsewho was born a Berkeley, if this story was true.
I can never Zombocalypse - Fisthammer - Devour All You See my thrill when she replied, "Yes; and I am proud to say that I am that man's daughter. Sir Moses Montefiore was born inand died in It is a disheartening fact for the teetotallers that he Dandy - J.H.* - Jamais Seul drunk a bottle of port wine every day since he grew up.
He had dined with Lord Nelson on board his ship, and vividly remembered the transcendent beauty of Lady Hamilton. The last time Sir Moses appeared in public was, if I mistake not, at a garden-party at Marlborough House. The party was given on a Saturday.
Sir Moses was restrained by religious scruples from using his horses, and was of course too feeble to walk, so he was conveyed to the party in a magnificent sedan-chair. That was the only occasion on which I have seen such an article in use. He was born in and died in He used to say, "My grandfather was nine years old when Dandy - J.H.* - Jamais Seul II. Charles II. Sir Robert Maude was born in The year of his death saw also that of a truly venerable woman, Mrs. Hodgson, mother of Kirkman and Stewart Hodgson, the well-known partners in Barings' house.
Her age was not precisely known, but when a schoolgirl in Paris she had seen Robespierre executed, and distinctly recollected the appearance of his bandaged face. Her granddaughters, Mr. Stewart Hodgson's children, are quite young women, and if they live to the age which, with such ancestry, they are entitled to anticipate, they will carry down into the middle of the twentieth century the account, derived from an eye-witness, of the central event of the French Revolution. One year later, inthere died, at her house in St.
James's Square, Mrs.
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