M. E. W Sherwood


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  • ''... how often the Presidency has simply meant that a man shall be abused, distrusted, and worked to death while he is filling the great office, and that he should drop into unmerited oblivion when he has left the White House ...''
    M. E. W. Sherwood (1826-1903), U.S. socialite, traveller, and author. An Epistle to Posterity, ch. 6 (1897).
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  • ''... the first cathedral you see remains with you forever as the cathedral of the world.''
    M. E. W. Sherwood (1826-1903), U.S. socialite, traveller, and author. An Epistle to Posterity, ch. 8 (1897).
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  • ''She was the first of our rich women to wear many diamonds, and she always looked as if they wearied her.''
    M. E. W. Sherwood (1826-1903), U.S. socialite, traveller, and author. An Epistle to Posterity, ch. 11 (1897). Sherwood was speaking of Mrs. J. J. Astor, mother of William Waldorf Astor, in New York City in the 1870s.
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  • ''Washington society has always demanded less and given more than any society in this country—demanded less of applause, deference, etiquette, and has accepted as current coin quick wit, appreciative tact, and a talent for talking.''
    M. E. W. Sherwood (1826-1903), U.S. socialite, traveller, and author. An Epistle to Posterity, ch. 5 (1897).
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  • ''We all felt that the men about us were making history, and that we were looking at heroes, if we could only find them out.''
    M. E. W. Sherwood (1826-1903), U.S. socialite, traveller, and author. An Epistle to Posterity, ch. 5 (1897). Remembering Washington, D.C., in 1862-1863, when it was a Civil War camp. Sherwood's "favorite" of the men was General McClellan.
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  • ''Holland is a land of intense paradox. It is quite impossible, but it is there.''
    M. E. W. Sherwood (1826-1903), U.S. socialite, traveller, and author. An Epistle to Posterity, ch. 15 (1897).
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  • ''To look at and properly appreciate the British Museum is the work of a lifetime.''
    M. E. W. Sherwood (1826-1903), U.S. socialite, traveller, and author. An Epistle to Posterity, ch. 8 (1897). Of the glorious museum and library, established in 1753, which is the British national repository for many cultural treasures.
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  • ''It is better to pay court to a queen ... than to worship, as we too often do, some unworthy person whose wealth is his sole passport into society. I believe that a habit of respect is good for the human race.''
    M. E. W. Sherwood (1826-1903), U.S. socialite, traveller, and author. An Epistle to Posterity, ch. 8 (1897).
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  • ''I did not find Liverpool ugly. Her stately public buildings, broad streets, public squares, and noble statues redeem her from the charge.''
    M. E. W. Sherwood (1826-1903), U.S. socialite, traveller, and author. An Epistle to Posterity, ch. 8 (1897). Recalling her first trip to England—made in 1869. Liverpool was a prosperous, though not beautiful, industrial and port city at that time. After World War II, it would decline economically.
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  • ''If you should put a knife into a French girl's learning it would explode and blow away like an omelette soufflee ...''
    M. E. W. Sherwood (1826-1903), U.S. socialite, traveller, and author. An Epistle to Posterity, ch. 16 (1897). Of a beautiful young Parisian, "born for the splendid side of the tapestry."
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