Travels in South Kensington
Notes on Decorative Art and Architecture in England · Bedford Park
In 1882, Moncure Daniel Conway presented a summary of the events leading to the founding of the Victoria & Albert Museum, together with a discussion of its artifacts and cultural role. The book also contains a detailed summary of the state of decorative art and architecture in Great Britain. In the final part of the book, Conway presented a positive critique of Bedford Park in west London.
Travels in South Kensington
An abolitionist, supporter of woman’s suffrage and 'freethinker', Conway was present in the most contentious political, religious, intellectual and cultural debates in both the Unites States of America and Europe (London & Paris).
The book contains 72 illustrations, including: objects from the Victoria & Albert Museum; the ground plan of the original museum; examples of decorative art and architecture; plus exterior and interior views of Bedford Park.
The Works of Sallust
Catiline's Conspiracy ·
The Orations of Cicero Against Catiline ·
The War Against Jugurtha
Arthur Murphy introduces his translation of the Works of Sallust with a brief Life of Sallust:
Such is the mortifying spectacle which the life of Sallust presents: alternately exciting our admiration and contempt by the vigour of his intellect and the corruption of his heart, he seems to have studied all that is excellent in theory, for the sole purpose of avoiding it in practice.
The Works of Sallust
The four Orations of Cicero follow Sallust's history of the Catiline Comspiracy: to afford the reader the pleasure of comparing the historic manner with the style of a great orator. They both relate the same facts, and in the main corroborate each other. Sallust informs the understanding of his reader, assists his judgment, and paints to the imagination: Cicero employs all the colours of eloquence, and through the imagination makes his way to the passions.
The oration was made before the senate on the 8th of November, A. U. C. 690. Catiline had the hardiness to attend the meeting, and to take his seat among the Fathers. Cicero rose, and, in a burst of indignation, poured forth the torrent of his eloquence. The speech, of course, was unprepared, but, as Sallust observes, it was afterwards reduced to writing, and published to the world
Sallust's 'War Against Jugurtha' is a brief history of the war prosecuted against Jugurtha in Numidia from c. 112-105 BC. by Marius amd Sylla, who were later to lead opposing factions in the civil war of 88-87 BC.
Traces of travel brought home
from the East.
The Victorian traveller, Alexander William Kinglake, wrote this account of a journey from Budapest, through Turkey to Constantinople, and on to Cyprus, then Palastine, across the deserts of Jordan to Cairo, back to Gaza and Nablous, and then on to Damascus and the Lebanon. It includes an account of his meeting with Lady Hester Stanhope at Beirut.
OVER THE BORDER - The two frontier towns are less than a gunshot apart yet their people hold no communion. The Hungarian on the north, and the Turk and the Servian on the southern side of the Save, are as much asunder as though there were fifty broad provinces that lay in the path between them. Of the men that bustled around me in the streets of Semlin, there was not, perhaps, one who had ever gone down to look upon the stranger race dwelling under the walls of that opposite castle. It is the plague, and the dread of the plague, that divide the one people from the other. All coming and going stands forbidden by the terrors of the yellow flag. If you dare to break the laws of the quarantine, you will be tried with military haste; the court will scream out your sentence to you from a tribunal some fifty yards off; the priest, instead of gently whispering to you the sweet hopes of religion, will console you at duelling distance, and after that you will find yourself carefully shot and carelessly buried in the ground of the Lazaretto.
Two main types may be discerned in the inner circle of human greatness. One is the cyclopean architect, the daimonic force who swings the world into a new orbit, whose work is as plain as the result of some convulsion of nature, but whose personality is hard to discover and whose mental processes we can only guess. Such are the conquerors, the men of the sword, the Alexanders and Charlemagnes. The second is the man whose business is directly with souls, the thinker, the priest, and the prophet.
Caesar belongs to neither type. He performed the greatest constructive task ever achieved by human hands. He drew the habitable earth into an empire which lasted for five centuries, and he laid the foundations of a fabric of law and government which is still standing after two thousand years. He made the world possible for the Christian faith, so that there was reason in the mediaeval belief which saw in him a Bishop and a Father of the Church. He gave humanity order and peace, and thereby prepared the ground for many precious seeds. His genius as soldier and law-maker is amply proven. The greatest of poets believed him to have been ‘the noblest man that ever lived in the tide of times.’ But although we can come under the spell of his magnificence and appraise his character, we cannot probe to its inner springs. About the mind of this man, his inmost thoughts and dreams, there is still a mystery. We know the things that he did, but not why he did them.
The Waterloo Campaign
I left the Island of Elba on the 26 February, 1815, at 9 o'clock in the evening. I boarded the brig Inconstant which flew the white flag studded with bees throughout the journey. On 1 March at 5 o'clock in the afternoon I landed on the beach of the Gulf of Juan near Cannes.
My little army put on the tricolor cockade. It consisted of 1,100 men, the greater number soldiers of the Old Guard.
The Waterloo Campaign
I passed through Grasse on the 2nd at 9 o'clock in the morning and slept at Sermon, having covered twenty leagues during this first day. On the 3rd I slept at Barrème. On the 4th my advance guard, commanded by General Cambronne, seized the fortress of Sisteron. On the 5th I entered Gap. On the 7th at two o'clock in the afternoon I came face to face, on the heights before Vizille, with the advance guard of the Grenoble garrison which was marching against me.
I approached it alone, harangued it, made it fly the tricolor, put myself at its head, and, at 11 o'clock in the evening, entered Grenoble, having covered eighty leagues in six days across very mountainous country. This is the most prodigious march of which history has any record.
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