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Personal Recollections

By Duchesse Dorleans, Elizabethcharlotte

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Title: Personal Recollections  
Author: Duchesse Dorleans, Elizabethcharlotte
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Language: English
Subject: Literature, Literature & thought, Writing.
Collections: Blackmask Online Collection
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D'orleans, E. D. (n.d.). Personal Recollections. Retrieved from http://hawaiilibrary.net/


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Excerpt: LETTER I. CHILDHOOD. I have given my best consideration to the arguments by which you support the demand for a few notices of events connected with my personal recollections of the past. That which has chiefly influenced me is the consideration, urged on what I know to be just and reasonable grounds, that when it has pleased God to bring any one before the public in the capacity of an author, that person becomes in some sense public property; having abandoned the privacy from which no one ought to be forced, but which any body may relinquish; and courted the observation of the world at large. Such individuals are talked of during life, and after death become the subject, I may say the prey, of that spirit which reigned in Athens of old, and from which no child of Adam is wholly free?the desire to hear and to tell some new thing. No sooner has the person withdrawn from this mortal stage, than the pen of biography is prepared to record, and a host of curious expectants are marshalled to receive, some fragments at least of private history. I wish I could dissent from your remark, that even godliness itself is too often sought to be made a gain of in such cases. Writers who are themselves wholly unenlightened by spiritual knowledge, and uninfluenced by spiritual feeling, will take up as a good speculation what must to them be a mystery, and wrong the subject of their memorial while they injure the cause in which he labored. Even among those of better understanding in the ways of truth, we do not often meet sound judgment, calm discretion, and refined delicacy, combined with affection for the departed and zeal for the gospel. Private journals are sought out, confidential letters raked together, and a most unseemly exposure made alike of the dead and the living.

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Table of Contents: Personal Recollections, 1 -- Charlotte Elizabeth, 1 -- LETTER I. CHILDHOOD, 1 -- LETTER II. YOUTH, 7 -- LETTER III. EARLY DAYS, 13 -- LETTER IV. YOUTH, 16 -- LETTER V. IRELAND, 25 -- LETTER VI. RELIGIOUS PROGRESS, 32 -- LETTER VII. KILKENNY, 36 -- LETTER VIII. THE DUMB BOY, 39 -- LETTER IX. ENGLAND, 45 -- LETTER X. SANDHURST, 51 -- LETTER XI. SEPARATION, 55 -- LETTER XII. EMPLOYMENT, 62 -- LETTER XIII. A SUNSET, 66 -- LETTER XIV. A REMOVAL, 70

 

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