The Life of Thomas Lord Lyttelton (Classic Reprint)

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Fb&c Limited, Nov 29, 2017 - 400 pages
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Thomas lord lyttelton, the second Baron, commonly mentioned as the wicked Lord Lyttelton, was, in many respects, one of the most remarkable characters of the century in which he lived. Accomplished, witty, clever, a brilliant orator, a good debater, an amusing letter writer, the life and delight of every circle he joined, he shone like a meteor in society and politics for a few years, and invested even his last moments with an amount of interest which has seldom, if ever, been excelled. Yet there are few men who have ever occupied public attention in the same degree while living about whom so little is generally known. The majority, even of the educated, have no other impression concerning him, than that he was a gambler and a libertine, who outraged every moral law, and created a sensation in the world when about to leave it, by prophesying the hour of his death, on the authority of a supposed supernatural visitation. The causes of the prevalence of this view of the position which Thomas Lyttelton held in the.

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