A Portion of the Journal Kept by Thomas Raikes, Esq., from 1831 to 1847: Comprising Reminiscences of Social and Political Life in London and Paris During that Period, Volume 1

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Longman, Brown, Green, & Roberts, 1857 - Great Britain

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Page 301 - Replying in the negative, he continued, " When we proceeded to the signatures, the King of Hanover was very anxious to sign before Prince Albert, and when the Queen approached the table, he placed himself by her side, watching his opportunity. She knew very well what he was about, and just as the Archbishop was giving her the pen, she suddenly dodged round the table, placed herself next to the Prince, then quickly took the pen from the Archbishop, signed, and gave it to Prince Albert, who also signed...
Page 87 - The following lines were written by Lord Holland on the morning of the day when his last illness commenced, and were found after his death on his dressing-room table : — " Nephew of Fox and friend of Grey, Sufficient for my fame; If those who knew me best shall say I tarnished neither name.
Page 81 - Whigs of the old school, the long-tried friend of civil and religious liberty, has closed a life which to have a hearing for every argument, lest a truth should be shut out from his mind. The charm of his conversation will never be forgotten by those who have enjoyed it. His mind was full of anecdote, which was always introduced with the most felicitous appositeness, and exquisitely narrated. " Lord Holland had lived with all the most distinguished and eminent men of the last forty years ; but his...
Page 316 - Among these officers billeted upon him was the General Loison, who at one time was dangerously ill, and confined to his bed : Junot one morning sent for the unfortunate Bandiera, and asked him how the General was going on ; as he could only answer that he was still extremely ill, Junot knitted his brow, and said, 'Tenez, M. Bandiera, je vous conseille de bien prendre soin de lui ; prenez bien garde qu'il se retablisse, car si le ge'ne'ral vient d mourir dans votre maison, le diable m'emporte si je...
Page 356 - ... conquered ; his triumph would have stopped the progress of the world. For great men can only act permanently by forming great nations ; and no one man, even though it were Hannibal himself, can in one generation effect such a work. But where the nation...
Page 261 - Augusta Murray ; but that marriage had been dissolved on the plea of not obtaining his father's consent. He was always on bad terms with George IV., and under the weak Government of William IV. he took the Radical line, courted the Whigs, and got the rangership of a royal park.
Page 73 - Conciergerie treated with every possible indulgence ; nothing that he asks for is refused him ; the chancellor and the grand referendary visit him, and the people about him converse with him, and are attentive to his wishes. This is called the process of kindness ; and if it fails to work upon the culprit, and produces no discovery of his plot or accomplices, recourse is then had to the process of reduction. He receives little or no nutriment, is frequently bled, never allowed to go to sleep, and...
Page 322 - ... with appetite, mixing meat, rice, and vegetables into a mess, which fills his plate ; he drinks very little wine, and during the evening, two decanters of iced water are placed by his side, which are generally empty when he goes to bed. When we were only men, he dressed in boots, but when there are ladies (and when only my daughter) always wears shoes, silk stockings, with his star and the garter. He is exceedingly polite to all, and particularly attentive to women ; lie is la vieille cour personnifiee.
Page 347 - Some years ago it was proposed to him to purchase a farm in the neighbourhood of Strathfieldsaye, which lay contiguous to his estate, and was therefore a valuable acquisition, to which he assented. When the purchase was completed, his steward congratulated him upon having had such a bargain, as the seller was in difficulties, and forced to part with it.
Page 50 - ... per day while he lived, but not a shilling at his death. When he drove out, he was always alone in a dark green vis-a-vis, with long-tailed black horses ; and during winter, with a muff, two servants behind in undress, and his groom following the carriage, to execute his commissions, He was a little sharplooking man, very irritable, and swore like ten thousand troopers : enormously rich and selfish.

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