"It was a different world - more courtly, more leisurely; now gone beyond recall." John Hookham Frere, a British writer and diplomat, served as a Member of Parliament (1796-1802) and with his friend George Canning wrote effective parodies and satires for the political newspaper, "The Anti-Jacobin." Frere was undersecretary of state (1799-1800) as well as minister to Lisbon (1800-1802) and Madrid (1802-4, 1808-9). Thereafter he lived most of the time in Malta and devoted himself to writing. This collection of letters, arranged chronologically, encompasses political correspondence as well as love letters and communications with family and literary friends. This volume, originally published in 1899, provides a profoundly personal view of the manners and customs of society in a bygone era as well as revealing the personalities of the writers which include Nelson, Canning, Coleridge and Rosetti among others.
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