More English Diaries: Further Reviews of Diaries from the Sixteenth to the Nineteenth Century with an Introduction on Diary Reading

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ANTONY ASHLEY COOPER (SEVENTH EARL OF SHAFTESBURY)

THERE was a great deal of material for a biographer in the public work of the greatest social reformer of the nineteenth century. But in addition to this no biographer can ever have been furnished with such a full disclosure of personal motive and intention as is afforded by the voluminous diary which Lord Shaftesbury kept. Without the diary the public record of his life would have been very incomplete.

We are confronted here once again with an instance of a man immersed in the frenzied activity of public work finding time to keep a very complete account of his doings and feelings,--another case of a chief actor being a fuller and better diarist than any spectator.

Lord Shaftesbury's pronounced and rigid religious attitude may have induced him originally to embark on a diary for more or less disciplinary motives. However that may be, he kept up to the end of his life a full, faithful and honest chronicle of his career, in which there is no conscious attempt at self-portraiture and therefore we get a very accurate likeness. We see him with his warm affections, his austere severity which never deteriorated into self-righteousness, his fear of deviating a hair's breadth from the narrow path, his intolerant prejudices, his ardent spirit of service, his ambition for achievement, his susceptibility to criticism, and yet his indifference to it, and his unremitting and indefatigable efforts for the causes in which he believed not philosophically but with the ardent zeal of an evangelist.

It is important to note that Lord Shaftesbury never wrote

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Preface v
  • Contents vii
  • INTRODUCTION ON DIARY READING WITH NOTES ON MINOR ENGLISH DIARIES 3
  • LIST OF DIARIES ARRANGED IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER. 33
  • SIXTEENTH AND SEVENTEENTH CENTURIES 37
  • Philip Wyot 38
  • Adam Winthrop 40
  • Margaret Lady Hoby 43
  • Lady Anne Clifford 49
  • Walter Powell 56
  • The Ishams - SIR JOHN, SIR THOMAS, AND SIR JUSTINIAN 59
  • Sir John Reresby 64
  • Anthony Ashley Cooper (first Earl of Shaftesbury) 68
  • Viscountess Mordaunt 71
  • Anthony Wood 74
  • Sir Richard Newdigate 83
  • EIGHTEENTH CENTURY 89
  • James Clegg 90
  • James Woodforde 92
  • Thomas Hollis 101
  • Nicholas Cresswell 110
  • Joseph Mydelton 115
  • William Jones 119
  • Henry White 133
  • Samuel Teedon 137
  • John Marsden 140
  • NINETEENTH CENTURY 147
  • Dorothy Wordsworth 148
  • Thomas Asline Ward 158
  • Colonel Peter Hawker 162
  • Thomas Rumney 167
  • Katherine Bisshopp (lady Pechell) 170
  • J. Vine Hall 179
  • William Kershaw 183
  • Henry Edward Fox (fourth Lord Holland) 190
  • Antony Ashley Cooper (seventh Earl of Shaftesbury) 195
  • Emily Shore 204
  • William Charles Macready 210
  • Miss J. 219
  • Ford Madox Brown 226
  • Charles Russell 234
  • Wilfrid Scawen Blunt 241
  • INDEX OF DIARIES AND CHRONICLES NOTICED IN THIS VOLUME 249
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