The Public and Domestic Life of the Right Hon Edmund Burke

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Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2012 - 196 pages
Purchase of this book includes free trial access to where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: VIEW OF BATH, TEMP. 1757. CHAPTER III. ' His force of genius burned in early youth With thirst of knowledge and with love of truth; His learning, joined with each endearing art, Charmed every ear and gained on every heart. Thus early wise, th' endangered realm to aid, His country called him from the studious shade. Db. Johnson. Maebiage; Domestic Life?Fuethee Liteeaey Laboues?EstablishMent Of The Annual Registee?Opening Political Caeeee. The labour of perfecting and producing in one year two such works as the Vindication of Natural Society and the Essay on the Sublime and Beautiful was too much, if not for the mind, at least for the body of the author. Intense applicationimpaired his health. Threatening symptoms of a consumptive character became too alarming to be further trifled with; and Burke quitted his books and went to recruit at Bath, a place he had before visited for the same purpose with success. He had here already formed an acquaintance, ?that of his compatriot Dr. Christopher Nugent, a physician of repute, whose talents were now to save the life, and whose hospitality was to bring about the happiness of his patient. The Doctor, finding Burke too ill to remain in lodgings, generously took him into his own house, in accordance with a custom with medical men, formerly not of unfrequent occurrence in the hospitable country whence the Doctor came. Tender attention and skilful treatment, not from the Doctor only, but all his family, had soon a more powerful effect than any medicine in producing restoration to health. Among the most watchful of the patient and guest was the Doctor's daughter, Jane Mary Nugent, whose amiable solicitude soon excited a passion in the sensible heart of Burke. He offered her his hand, which she accepted; and during a...

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