Tales of Our Great Families, Volume 2

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Hurst and Blackett, 1877 - Nobility

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Page 247 - After a grateful commemoration of the fifty-five years of union and happiness which he enjoyed with Mabel his wife, the good earl thus speaks from the tomb: "What we gave, we have; What we spent, we had; What we left, we lost.
Page 26 - Wharton, the scorn and wonder of our days, Whose ruling passion was the lust of praise: Born with whate'er could win it from the wise, Women and fools must like him or he dies; Though wondering senates hung on all he spoke, The club must hail him master of the joke.
Page 27 - His passion still, to covet general praise, His life, to forfeit it a thousand ways; A constant bounty, which no friend has made; An angel tongue, which no man can persuade; A fool, with more of wit than half mankind, 200 Too rash for thought, for action too refined...
Page 246 - St. Johns, Talbots, Bohuns, and even the Plantagenets thems'elves ; and in a contest with John of Lancaster, a Courtenay, bishop of London, and afterwards archbishop of Canterbury, might be accused of profane confidence in the strength and number of his kindred.
Page 51 - Scotland can witness be I have not any captain more Of such account as he." Like tidings to King Henry came Within as short a space, That Percy of Northumberland Was slain in Chevy-Chase: "Now God be with him...
Page 246 - They were ranked among the chief of the barons of the realm; nor was it till after a strenuous dispute, that they yielded to the fief of Arundel the first place in the parliament of England: their alliances were contracted with the noblest families, the Veres, Despensers, St.
Page 256 - ... birth, and afterwards, until her death in 1860, in an insane hospital. She was naturally of a happy temper, and her son resembled her in character. Soon after her insanity she betrayed homicidal mania. Another son, a brother of Andrews, died insane in California. Cornelius Holmes. Cornelius Holmes was a member of one of the oldest and most respectable families of Kingston. He had a strong physical frame, weighing about two hundred and twenty-five pounds. He was full six feet in height, and fifty-three...
Page 248 - Scotland ; and in foreign service, for a stipulated price, they sometimes maintained fourscore men at arms and as many archers. By sea and land they fought under the standard of the Edwards and Henries; their names are conspicuous in battles, in tournaments, and in the original list of the order of the Garter; three brothers shared the Spanish victory of the Black Prince ; and in the lapse of six generations the English Courtenays had learned to despise the nation and country from which they derived...
Page 37 - Wharton, commanding the Duke to return to England, his Grace, being in a coach when it was delivered to him, contemptuously threw it into the street without opening it, and soon after, it is said, declared himself a Roman Catholic.
Page 58 - But there are two other volumes 12mo, without date ; and with the same life as in the 2 vols. 8vo. (1731) the title of which is " The Poetical Works of Philip late Duke of Wharton ; and others of the Wharton family, and of the duke's intimate acquaintance, &c. with original letters, novels, &c.

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