The Wits and Beaux of Society Volume 2 By Grace Wharton HORACE WALPOLE. The Commoners of England.-Horace's Regret for the Death of his Mother.- 'Little Horace' in Arlington Street.-Introduced to George I.- Characteristic Anecdote of George I.-Walpole's Education.-Schoolboy Days.-Boyish Friendships.-Companionship of Gray.-A Dreary Doom.- Walpole's Description of Youthful Delights.-Anecdote of Pope and Frederic of Wales.-The Pomfrets.-Sir Thomas Robinson's Ball.-An Admirable Scene.-Political Squibs.-Sir Robert's Retirement ...
The Wits and Beaux of Society Volume 2 By Grace Wharton HORACE WALPOLE. The Commoners of England.-Horace's Regret for the Death of his Mother.- 'Little Horace' in Arlington Street.-Introduced to George I.- Characteristic Anecdote of George I.-Walpole's Education.-Schoolboy Days.-Boyish Friendships.-Companionship of Gray.-A Dreary Doom.- Walpole's Description of Youthful Delights.-Anecdote of Pope and Frederic of Wales.-The Pomfrets.-Sir Thomas Robinson's Ball.-An Admirable Scene.-Political Squibs.-Sir Robert's Retirement from Office.-The Splendid Mansion of Houghton.-Sir Robert's Love of Gardening.-What we owe to the 'Grandes Tours.'-George Vertue.-Men of One Idea.-The Noble Picture-gallery at Houghton.-The 'Market Pieces.'- Sir Robert's Death.-The Granville Faction.-A very good Quarrel.- Twickenham.-Strawberry Hill.-The Recluse of Strawberry.-Portraits of the Digby Family.-Sacrilege.-Mrs. Darner's Models.-The Long Gallery at Strawberry.-The Chapel.-'A Dirty Little Thing.'-The Society around Strawberry Hill.-Anne Seymour Conway.-A Man who never Doubted.-Lady Sophia Fermor's Marriage.-Horace in Favour.-Anecdote of Sir William Stanhope.-A Paper House.-Walpole's Habits.-Why did he not Marry?- 'Dowagers as Plenty as Flounders.'-Catherine Hyde, Duchess of Queensberry.-Anecdote of Lady Granville.-Kitty Clive.-Death of Horatio Walpole.-George, third Earl of Orford.-A Visit to Houghton.-Family Misfortunes.-Poor Chatterton.-Walpole's Concern with Chatterton.- Walpole in Paris.-Anecdote of Madame Geoffrin.-'Who's that Mr. Walpole?'-The Miss Berrys.-Horace's two 'Straw Berries.'-Tapping a New Reign.-The Sign of the Gothic Castle.-Growing Old with Dignity.- Succession to an Earldom.-Walpole's Last Hours.-Let us not be Ungrateful. Had this elegant writer, remarks the compiler of 'Walpoliana, ' composed memoirs of his own life, an example authorized by eminent names, ancient and modern, every other pen must have been dropped in despair, so true was it that 'he united the good sense of Fontenelle with the Attic salt and graces of Count Anthony Hamilton.' But 'Horace' was a man of great literary modesty, and always undervalued his own efforts. His life was one of little incident: it is his character, his mind, the society around him, the period in which he shone, that give the charm to his correspondence, and the interest to his biography. Besides, he had the weakness common to several other fine gentlemen who have combined letters and haut ton, of being ashamed of the literary character. The vulgarity of the court, its indifference to all that was not party writing, whether polemical or political, cast a shade over authors in his time. We are delighted to publish this classic book as part of our extensive Classic Library collection. Many of the books in our collection have been out of print for decades, and therefore have not been accessible to the general public. The aim of our publishing program is to facilitate rapid access to this vast reservoir of literature, and our view is that this is a significant literary work, which deserves to be brought back into print after many decades. The contents of the vast majority of titles in the Classic Library have been scanned from the original works. To ensure a high quality product, each title has been meticulously hand curated by our staff. Our philosophy has been guided by a desire to provide the reader with a book that is as close as possible to ownership of the original work. We hope that you will enjoy this wonderful classic work, and that for you it becomes an enriching experience.
Alibris, the Alibris logo, and Alibris.com are registered trademarks of Alibris, Inc.
Copyright in bibliographic data and cover images is held by Nielsen Book Services Limited, Baker & Taylor, Inc., or by their respective licensors, or by the publishers, or by their respective licensors. For personal use only. All rights reserved. All rights in images of books or other publications are reserved by the original copyright holders.