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This old ebook could have a variety of typos and lacking textual content. dealers can frequently obtain a loose scanned reproduction of the unique ebook (without typos) from the writer. no longer listed. no longer illustrated. 1855 version. Excerpt: ...all the family items and furniture;" and, to let her to maintain the home and backyard in sturdy order, he bequeathed his manor of Apscourt, in Surrey. "These presents and legacies," he provides, " I go away to her as a token of the honest love, affection, and esteem i've got lengthy had for her individual, and as a small recompense for the excitement and happiness i've got had in her conversation." He fees additionally his executor to "transfer to her an annuity of 2 hundred kilos every year, bought in Sir Isaac Newton's identify, and which he (Lord Halifax) held in belief for her." Conduct's MSS. Born 1679, married August 26, 1717, died twentieth January 1739. 'The phrases love and affection had now not, in Halifax's day, a similar that means which they've got now. fast, for instance, writes to Stella that he "loves Mrs. Barton hetter than anyone here." talking of the Duke of Argyle, he says, " i admire that Duke mightily. woman Mountjoy is a bit physique i admire very well." conversing of the images of girl Orkney, Lord Bolinghroke, and girl Masham, he will pay, "I shall have the images of these i actually love here." In like demeanour, Pope writes to H. Cromwell, "I could be completely satisfied to inform the entire global that i've got an severe affection and esteem for yon." The Earl of Shaftesbury. See his Letters to Robert Molesworth, Esq. Edit. 1750, lett. iii. pp. 70 seventy two. whilst the contents of it will turned identified after the loss of life of Halifax, pass over Barton didn't get away the censure of the realm, notwithstanding she was once seemed by means of all who knew her as a girl of strict honour and advantage. in the course of his lordship's existence, and whilst a widespread customer on the residence of Newton, his affection for omit Barton, and his take pleasure in her society, by no means once...

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Behind its two Shell petrol bowsers on the road verge was my father’s spare parts section and a small, glassed-in office separating the town’s only car showroom from a workshop which stretched for a half a block in an easterly direction up the Jingellic Road. Everything about Nace Kane was big. Over six feet tall, he cut an imposing figure, his hair combed back severely above narrow features which tapered down to a small chin. When he spoke it was in the cultured tones of a man who had come from the best of schools, something which my father soon discovered enabled his boss to mix easily in the rarified atmosphere of the Melbourne establishment, where he did most of his business when taking delivery of a sparkling new Chevrolet or Oldsmobile for one of Holbrook’s landed gentry.

The road then disappeared north towards Sydney, several hundred miles and another world away. Like the highway that divided it, the name Holbrook itself had something of a split personality when you thought about it. They’d originally named it Germanton, after some settlers of German descent. But the call to patriotism which came with World War I saw the name quickly fall out of favour as Australian lads began dying on the fields of Europe. Fortunately, a Royal Navy Commander called Norman Holbrook helped solve the problem 36 *Country Undertaker Pgs 27/5/05 12:31 PM Page 37 Holbrook here we come when he won the Victoria Cross for sinking a Turkish battleship in the Dardanelles, and the local councillors took the opportunity to choose a name more appropriate to the times.

Later, even after they had gone to bed, I could still hear them arguing. Whether the problem was with the Freemasons or the Terminus was never resolved, because it was about that time the tall man from Holbrook turned up with a job offer which was to eventually set my father on his career as a country undertaker. And the fact that the man from Holbrook was a good Catholic probably helped, too. 33 *Country Undertaker Pgs 27/5/05 12:31 PM Page 34 5 Holbrook here we come Like my uncle Dave and his Umpires Association, Ignatius Patrick Kane—Nace—arrived at our house one night with two bottles of beer under his arm, although the reception he got from my mother contrasted markedly with the one she’d given Uncle Dave.

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