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By Nancy Mitford, Harold Acton, Diana Mitford

What used to be Nancy Mitford's depraved feel of humour particularly like? the author and poet Harold Acton was once - like Nancy Mitford herself - one of many vivid younger issues and a life-long shut good friend with whom she stayed in contact from Paris and London. From the letters and fabrics she have been accumulating for her autobiography, Acton attracts an irresistibly gleaming portrait of the writer of "Love in a chilly Climate" and "The Pursuit of Love", who used to be so unsatisfied in love herself. jam-packed with her waspish wit, gossip, and the drops of acid she loved to pour at the pretensions of her time, he paints a clean portrait that's not likely to be exceeded.

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There, one imagines, she soon settled into a daily round of cleaning, cooking, and minding to the nursery needs of one, then another small child. Her in-laws did not live far away, and were most likely a significant presence in Sophia’s household. This was evidently especially the case with regards to Phebe, the one member of the family to whom her son always deferred, and with whom he regularly consulted. Indeed, it has been said that Phebe was the only person in the world whose opinion Vanderbilt genuinely valued.

That summer, Clinton himself accompanied engineers on a journey to chart the course of the future waterway. ”13 In Manhattan during the spring of 1811, another legislatureappointed commission, the Streets Commission, published a gridlike vision for the future of the island: twelve avenues running north/south, up and down, these bisected every two hundred feet by east-west streets, each of the streets running from the East River waterfront to the Hudson. Elsewhere in the city, a young writer with Federalist sympathies, Washington Irving, basked in the celebrity he’d achieved two years before with the publication, under the nom-de-plume Diedrich Knickerbocker, of A History of NewYork from the Beginning of the World to the End of the Dutch Dynasty.

On such occasions, young Cornelius’s job was to bring horses and a wagon via ferry from Staten Island across the Arthur Kill to South Amboy, thence drive the team south along the Jersey coast to the Hook, where the same were used to cart goods from the ocean side of the Hook to Cornelius Senior’s waiting vessel on the bay side. Finally, after a long day, once all that work of carting was through, the boy would drive the wagon and team back north along the Jersey coast, recross to Staten Island on the Amboy ferry, and drive home to Stapleton.

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