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The Eulogy of Richard Jefferies

The Eulogy of Richard Jefferies

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THE EULOGY OF RICHARD JEFFERIES

BY

WALTER BESANT



'I hearing got, who had but ears,
And sight, who has but eyes before;
I moments live, who lived but years,
And truth discern, who knew but learning's lore.
Thoreau.



WITH A PORTRAIT


London

CHATTO & WINDUS, PICCADILLY
1888

[All rights reserved]




TO THE

WIDOW AND THE TWO CHILDREN

OF

RICHARD JEFFERIES


I DEDICATE THIS MEMORIAL, IN THE EARNEST HOPE

THAT IT MAY NOT BE FOUND WHOLLY

UNWORTHY OF ITS SUBJECT.



PREFACE.

In the body of this work I have sufficiently explained the reasons why I was entrusted with the task of writing this memoir of Richard Jefferies. I have only here to express my thanks, first to the publishers, who have given permission to quote from books by Jefferies issued by them, namely: Messrs. Cassell and Co., Messrs. Chapman and Hall, Messrs. Longman and Co., Messrs. Sampson Low and Co., Messrs. Smith and Elder, and Messrs. Tinsley Brothers, and next, to all those who have entrusted me with letters written by Jefferies, and have given permission to use them. These are: Mrs. Harrild, of Sydenham, Mr. Charles Longman, Mr. J.W. North, and Mr. C.P. Scott. I have also been provided with the note-books filled with Jefferies' notes made in the fields. These have enabled me to understand, and, I hope, to convey to others some understanding of, the writer's methods. I call this book the "Eulogy" of Richard Jefferies, because, in very truth, I can find nothing but admiration, pure and unalloyed, for that later work of his, on which will rest his fame and his abiding memory.

W.B.

United University Club,

September, 1888.


CONTENTS.

CHAPTER I.
COATE FARM 1

CHAPTER II.
SIXTEEN TO TWENTY 49

CHAPTER III.
LETTERS FROM 1866 TO 1872 66

CHAPTER IV.
GLEAMS OF LIGHT 96

CHAPTER V.
FIRST YEARS OF SUCCESS 108

CHAPTER VI.
FICTION, EARLY AND LATE 145

CHAPTER VII.
IN FULL CAREER 163

CHAPTER VIII.
THE LONGMAN LETTERS 193

CHAPTER IX.
THE COUNTRY LIFE 214

CHAPTER X.
"THE STORY OF MY HEART" 269

CHAPTER XI.
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