The Diary of Frances Lady Shelley 1787-1817

The Diary of Frances Lady Shelley 1787-1817

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The Diary of Frances Lady Shelley 1787-1817

The Diary of Frances Lady Shelley 1787-1817

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A few introductory words are all that I feel called upon to write. The author's fascinating personality is stamped on every page of a work, originally designed as a private memento of scenes and events that deeply impressed her.

Lady Shelley could not of course have foreseen that, after a century of oblivion, these entries would be interesting to the world at large. If she had contemplated publicity, much of that spontaneity of expression, and impulsive enthusiasm -- which form their chief charm -- would have been curbed; and these pen-and-ink sketches of celebrated personages would have been discreetly withheld. But whatever personal reasons there may have been against publication during the lifetime of the persons concerned, are now removed; and, so far as I can judge, there is scarcely a word to which their descendants could reasonably object.

Lady Shelley possessed, in an eminent degree, the gift of portraying in natural, unaffected language the peculiarities of those with whom she was from time to time associated. She was fortunate in having lived in stirring times, and among people who helped to shape the destinies of Europe. Her portrait of the Duke of Wellington, in 1815, as he appeared . . .

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