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

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WILFRID SCAWEN BLUNT

SOME of the diaries which have been kept in recent years have been rather severely criticized in the Introduction. Wilfrid Blunt's stands out as an exception. It is distinctly a good one. Two considerations prevent his record from having the highest value as a diary; it was written for publication and it was published in his lifetime, edited by himself. That he should have written with a view to publication can be accounted for by his love of controversy. This also explains his desire to publish while he could observe the effect of his remarks on readers. A diarist is never a good editor of his own diary, and as in this case the author was more intent on giving his views on public questions than on disclosing the more personal side of his life, he made his cuts to suit this purpose. Nevertheless, it is clear that there was much else in his diary than the discussion of political events, and edited though it is, we can see the man clearly enough. The chief merit of the diary rests on the fact that Wilfrid Blunt could write, and write very well-- best indeed when he is not discoursing on public questions.

Son of a soldier and country gentleman, Wilfrid Blunt was born at Crabbet Park, Sussex, in 1840. He received his early education under the Jesuits, served for some years in the diplomatic service, travelled a great deal in the Near East, wrote several books and poems and made the chief interest of his life the espousal of the cause of Egyptian nationalism. He was a poet, a country gentleman, a breeder of Arab horses, painter, architect, sculptor and politician. lie was a sympathizer with revolutions and a man of uncompromising views. As an amateur diplomatist he was frowned on by the official world, which considered him mischievous, but unlike many of those who occupy themselves with

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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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