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The Wits and Beaux of Society Volume 2   By: (1797-1862)

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THE

WITS AND BEAUX OF SOCIETY

BY

GRACE AND PHILIP WHARTON

EDITED

BY

JUSTIN HUNTLY MCCARTHY, M. P.

And the original illustrations by

H. K. BROWNE AND JAMES GODWIN

TWO VOLS. VOL. II.

1890

CONTENTS VOL. II.

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 Fermer'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.

GEORGE SELWYN.

A Love of Horrors. Anecdotes of Selwyn's Mother. Selwyn's College Days. Orator Henley. Selwyn's Blasphemous Freak. The Profession of a Wit. The Thirst for Hazard. Reynolds's Conversation Piece. Selwyn's Eccentricities and Witticisms. A most Important Communication. An Amateur Headsman. The Eloquence of Indifference. Catching a Housebreaker. The Family of the Selwyns. The Man of the People. Selwyn's Parliamentary Career. True Wit. Some of Selwyn's Witty Sayings. The Sovereignty of the People. On two kinds of Wit. Selwyn's Home for Children. Mie Mie, the Little Italian. Selwyn's Little Companion taken from him. His Later Days and Death.

RICHARD BRINSLEY SHERIDAN.

Sheridan a Dunce. Boyish Dreams of Literary Fame. Sheridan in Love. A Nest of Nightingales. The 'Maid of Bath.' Captivated by Genius. Sheridan's Elopement with 'Cecilia.' His Duel with Captain Matthews. Standards of Ridicule. Painful Family Estrangements. Enters Drury Lane. Success of the Famous 'School for Scandal.' Opinions of Sheridan and his Influence. The Literary Club. Anecdote of Garrick's Admittance. Origin of the 'Rejected Addresses.' New Flights. Political Ambition. The Gaming Mania. Almacks'. Brookes'. Black balled. Two Versions of the Election Trick. St. Stephen's Won. Vocal Difficulties. Leads a Double Life. Pitt's Vulgar Attack. Sheridan's Happy Retort Grattan's Quip. Sheridan's Sallies. The Trial of Warren Hastings. Wonderful Effect of Sheridan's Eloquence. The Supreme Effort. The Star Culminates. Native Taste for Swindling. A Shrewd but Graceless Oxonian. Duns Outwitted. The Lawyer Jockeyed. Adventures with Bailiffs. Sheridan's Powers of Persuasion. House of Commons Greek. Curious Mimicry. The Royal Boon Company. Street Frolics at Night. An Old Tale. 'All's well that ends well.' The Fray in St. Giles'. Unopened Letters. An Odd Incident. Reckless Extravagance, Sporting Ambition. Like Father like Son. A Severe and Witty Rebuke... Continue reading book >>




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