The Life of Lord Pauncefote, First Ambassador to the United States

The Life of Lord Pauncefote, First Ambassador to the United States

The Life of Lord Pauncefote, First Ambassador to the United States

The Life of Lord Pauncefote, First Ambassador to the United States

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It is always the unexpected that happens, and had any prophet of thirty years ago foretold that a few introductory pages to a Life of Lord Pauncefote would some day be written by one of his daughters, not a single member of the family could have believed it.

For my father was so often approached by publishers, writers and others on the subject of a biography or autobiography. To all and sundry, he gave a courteous but unqualified "no," as his reply; and when begged by friends to reconsider this decision, he invariably answered them in the following sense: "I have worked too hard all my life to be a sufficiently interesting subject for any biographer, although I have been closely connected with very important men and events. But of these I must write myself and look forward to doing so in my leisure after I retire. But my biography will never be written."

Work was his greatest interest first, last and always. The nature of his occupation was varied, never wholly dull, or purely "routine." Whether in China, London or Washington, and during the brief months of the Suez Canal Conference and the first Hague Peace Conference, he was in constant communication with men who were making "the wheels go round," always absorbed in big and important questions generally of world-wide ramifications, so that his labours, strenuous though they were . . .

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