Life of Leigh Hunt

Life of Leigh Hunt

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Life of Leigh Hunt

Life of Leigh Hunt

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In that most desultory but delightful book -- the Autobiography of Leigh Hunt--among the few facts which it is not difficult to find are some relating to his ancestors. It is evident that at the first start he proposed to write his life in a manner more in accordance with custom in such matters, and to state events in their due order with some approach to particularity; and it may be that, having strong views upon heredity, he judged it of special importance to account for those elements in his own composition which he was wont to trace to what he called the "tropical blood," in his veins. However that may be, we learn that both his parents came of families long settled in the New World, and we may believe, if we choose, that he was descended, on the father's side, from Tory Cavaliers, (which, as he truly says, is "a wide designation"), who fled to the West Indies from the ascendency of Cromwell; and, on the mother's side, "amidst a curious mixture of Quakers and soldiers . . . not only from the gentry . . .

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