The Life, Letters, and Friendships of Richard Monckton Milnes: First Lord Houghton - Vol. 1

The Life, Letters, and Friendships of Richard Monckton Milnes: First Lord Houghton - Vol. 1

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The Life, Letters, and Friendships of Richard Monckton Milnes: First Lord Houghton - Vol. 1

The Life, Letters, and Friendships of Richard Monckton Milnes: First Lord Houghton - Vol. 1

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No English writer of this century, or of any century, ever occupied the position, either in the world of letters or the social world, that was so long filled by Lord Houghton. He united in himself the diverse personalities of the poet, the politician, and the man of the world, and if not as eminent in either of these characters as some of his contemporaries, he was distinguished in all. Fortunate in his birth, in one of the stately homes of England, in the West Riding of Yorkshire; fortunate in his parentage, his father a wealthy gentleman of good family, who might have attained high honors in political life, his mother the daughter of a viscount; fortunate in his education, which was obtained at Cambridge, where he had for his fellow collegians young men of genius like Frederick, Charles, and Alfred Tennyson, Arthur Hallam, Thackeray, Spedding, and others who have since enriched the literature of England; fortunate in his temperament, which was light and joyous, and in his aims, which were manly and intellectual, -- there was little which Richard Monckton Milnes could desire that was not within his reach. He always knew what he wanted; he took a just measure of his powers and opportunities, and, as far as man may, he planned his career and determined his destiny. This, for a poet, was to be lord of himself, and to find that self not a . . .

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