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William Mitford

  

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William Mitford : The History of Greece

I have been steadily & delightedly reading Mitford's History. First of all, he is an Historian after my own heart, and I really believe a perfectly upright & honest man [...] the merit of this history is great, in proving that bad as the world is now, even under Christian regulations, it is not nationally anywhere so bad as it was in Pagan Greece - except during the height and fury of the French Revolution - and still and ever perhaps inTurkey.

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: Sarah Harriet Burney      Print: Book

  

William Mitford : History of Greece

Byron's Ravenna Journal (4 January-27 February 1821), 5 January 1821: 'Read Mitford's History of Greece -- Xenophon's Retreat of the Ten Thousand.'

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: George Gordon Lord Byron      Print: Book

  

William Mitford : History of Greece

Byron's Ravenna Journal (4 January-27 February 1821), 6 January 1821: Read Spence's Anecdotes ... Corrected blunders in nine apophthegms of Bacon -- all historical -- and read Mitford's Greece.'

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: George Gordon Lord Byron      Print: Book

  

William Mitford : History of Greece

Byron's Ravenna Journal (4 January-27 February 1821), 6 January 1821: 'Came home [after going visiting at 8pm], and read Mitford again, and played with my mastiff ...'

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: George Gordon Lord Byron      Print: Book

  

William Mitford : History of Greece

Byron's Ravenna Journal (4 January-27 February 1821), 8 January 1821: 'Came home [from ?Guicciolis', where visited at 8pm] -- read History of Greece -- beore dinner had read Walter Scott's Rob Roy.'

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: George Gordon Lord Byron      Print: Book

  

William Mitford : History of Greece

Byron's Ravenna Journal (4 January-27 February 1821), 13 January 1821: 'Sketched the outline and Drams. Pers. of an intended tragedy of Sardanapalus ... read over a passage in the ninth vol. octavo of Mitford's Greece, where he rather vindicates the memory of this last of the Assyrians.'

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: George Gordon Lord Byron      Print: Book

  

William Mitford : History of Greece

Byron's Ravenna Journal (4 January-27 February 1821), 15 January 1821: '... dined -- dipped into a volume of Mitford's Greece -- wrote part of a scene of "Sardanapalus".'

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: George Gordon Lord Byron      Print: Book

  

William Mitford : History of Greece

'Looked into Mitford's "History of Greece". The Athenian Democracy imparts no sort of relish for that sort of government...'

Century: 1700-1799     Reader/Listener/Group: Thomas Green      Print: Book

  

William Mitford : History of Greece

'...Sir Joshua Reynolds's Lectures. Mitford's History of Greece. Orme's History of Hindoostan. Vertot's Revolutions of Portugal and Sweden. Bossuet's Oraisons Funebres, Petit Careme de Massillon. Select Sermons of Dr Barrow. Burke's Settlement of the English Colonies in America. Alison on Taste. The first book, though written on painting, full of all wisdom. The second, a good history. The third, highly entertaining, fourth ditto. The fifth, a splendid example of sound eloquence. The sixth, piety, pure language, fine style. The seventh, lofty eloquence. The eighth, neat and philosophical. The ninth, feeling and eloquence. Here I think is is much wisdom as you can get for eight guineas. But remember to consult your family physician, your mother. I only know the general powers of these medicines; but she will determine their adaptation to your particular

Century: 1700-1799 / 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: Sydney Smith      Print: Book

  

William Mitford : History of Greece, The

'I have been steadily & delightedly reading Mitford's History. First of all, he is an Historian after my own heart, & I really believe a perfectly upright & honest man. He suffers not himself to be dazzled by the splendid qualities of the people he writes about - but, by turns, causes either an enthousiastic admiration of their magnanimity or a just horror of their atrocity. Individually they were the most glorious creatures, God ever permitted to shine upon earth - Collectively, they were infernal: and I take it, as good and honourable Mitford says, it was owing to their faulty religious & political institutions. But certainly the merit of this history is great, in proving, that bad as the world is now, even under Christian regulations., it is not nationally anywhere so bad as it was in Pagan Greece - except during the height and fury of the French Revolution - and still, and ever perhaps in Turkey'.

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: Sarah Harriet Burney      Print: Book

  

William Mitford : The History of Greece

'...what do you think Mitford's 'Greece' has made me begin, the 'Iliad' by Cowper which we were talking of.'

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: Charles Darwin      Print: Book

  

William Mitford : History of Greece

...But I cannot agree with Mitford that the pronunciation of the Modern Greeks is even a clue to that of the ancient occupants of the same country. ...

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: Hartley Coleridge      Print: Book

  

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