The Life and Letters of Washington Irving, Volume 3

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Halaman 125 - I am too sensitive to endure the bitter personal hostility, and the slanders and misrepresentations of the press, which beset high station in this country. This argues, I confess, a weakness of spirit and a want of true philosophy ; but I speak of myself as I am, not as I ought to be. Perhaps, had my ambition...
Halaman 75 - You have been told, no doubt, of a purchase I have made of ten acres, lying at the foot of Oscar's farm on the river bank. It is a beautiful spot, capable of being made a little paradise. There is a small stone Dutch cottage on it built about a century since and inhabited by one of the Van Tassels. I have had an architect up there, and shall build upon the old mansion this summer. My idea is to make a little nookery somewhat in the Dutch style, quaint but unpretending.
Halaman 118 - I have, therefore, felt a strong distaste for some of those loco foco luminaries who of late have been urging strong and sweeping measures, subversive of the interests of great classes of the community. Their doctrines may be excellent in theory, but, if enforced in violent and uncompromising opposition to all our habitudes, may produce the most distressing effects. The best of remedies must be cautiously applied, and suited to the state and constitution of the patient ; otherwise, what is intended...
Halaman 182 - I shall certainly break down!' — uttered in a halfmelancholy tone, the ludicrous effect of which it is impossible to describe. He was haunted, as if by a nightmare ; and I could only compare his dismay to that of Mr. Pickwick, who was so alarmed at the prospect of leading about that ' dreadful horse ' all day. At length the longexpected evening arrived. A company of the most eminent persons, from all the professions and every walk of life, were assembled, and Mr. Irving took the chair. I had gladly...
Halaman 356 - ... of the power of a pair of splendid Spanish eyes which are occasionally flashing upon me, and which almost seem to throw a light upon the paper. Since I cannot break the spell, I will describe the owner of them. She is a young married lady, about four or five and twenty, middle sized, finely...
Halaman 139 - MSS. in their possession, having relation to the conquests of Mexico and Peru, and had appointed one of their body to carry this into effect. This person is a German, named Lembke, the author of a work on the early history of Spain, which one of the English journals, I remember, rapped me over the knuckles for not having seen.
Halaman 149 - Whether anything effectual can be done seems to me very doubtful. Such a law is certainly demanded by every principle of justice. But I suspect it is rather late in the day to talk of justice to statesmen. At all events, one of those newspapers which they are now turning out every week here, and which contains an octavo volume of the new publications, at sixpence apiece, will, I am afraid, be too cogent an argument in favor of the present state of things, to be refuted by the best memorial ever drafted....
Halaman 163 - Arms ; and about Robert Preston and the tallow-chandler's widow, whose sitting-room is second nature to me ; and about all those delightful places and people that I used to walk about and dream of in the daytime, when a very small and not over-particularly-taken-care-of boy. I have a good deal to say, too, about that dashing Alonzo de Ojeda, that you can't help being fonder of than you ought to be ; and much to hear concerning Moorish legend, and poor unhappy Boabdil. Diedrich Knickerbocker I have...
Halaman 181 - Great and varied as was the genius of Mr. Irving, there was one thing he shrank with a comical terror from attempting, and that was a dinner speech. A great dinner, however, was to be given to Mr. Dickens in New York, as one had already been given in Boston, and it was evident to all that no man like Washington Irving could be thought of to preside.
Halaman 131 - What is it ? Is it- the Conquest of Mexico ? ' 'It is,' answered Cogswell. ' Well then,' said Mr. Irving, ' I am engaged upon that subject; but tell Mr. Prescott I abandon it to him, and I am happy to have this opportunity of testifying my high esteem for his talents and my sense of the very courteous manner in which he has spoken of myself and my writings, in his " Ferdinand and Isabella," though they interfered with a part of the subject of his history.

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