FRY, Alfred A. Esq. A Lecture on the Writings, and Literary and Personal Character of the Right Hon. Edmund Burke, delivered at several Metropolitan Literary Institutions.


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London: Henry Hooper, Pall Mall, East, 1838. First edition. pp. 56. Recent quarter blue morocco on marbled boards. Title in gilt along spine. Inscribed in pen on titlepage “The Editor of the Eclectic / Review / With the author’s / respectful complts.” Some foxing, otherwise a very good copy.

Edmund Burke (1729-1797), statesman, political essayist and brilliant orator was born in Dublin, the
son of a Protestant father, and Catholic mother, Mary Nagle, direct descendant of Sir Richard Nagle,
Attorney General for Ireland, tempore James II. Edmund’s paternal ancestors originated in County
Galway, thence to Limerick, where being dispossessed after the Rebellion of 1641, they eventually
settled near Castletownroche, County Cork. Edmund was educated at Abraham Shackleton’s Quaker
School at Ballitore in County Kildare who said of Burke: “Edmund was a lad of the most promising
genius, of an inquisitive and speculative turn of mind, who read much. His memory was extensive, his
judgement early ripe. He was affable, free and accumulative, as ready to teach as to learn.”

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