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Author Name:Hayward, Abraham
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resident landlord should pursue, to remedy the worst evils of that unhappy country.
He had no dealings with middlemen.
He received his rents without the intervention of agent or sub-agent.
He chose his tenants for their character.
The sole claims to preference were industry, honesty, and sobriety.
He resisted subdivision.
He made no difference between Catholic and Protestant, Saxon and Celt; and his sound administration of justice grew into a proverb.
Our immediate object, however,.in referring to his domestic arrangements and way of life is to show how materials for the future novelist accumulated and were hived up: 'Some men live with their family, without letting them know their affairs; and, however great may be their affeot'on and esteem for their wives and children, think that they have nothing to do with business.--This was not my father's way of thinking.--On the contrary, not only his wife but his children knew all his affairs.
"Whatever business he had to do was done in the midst of his family, usually in the common sitting-room: so that we were intimately acquainted, not only with his general principles of conduct, but with the most minute details of their every-day application.
I further enjoyed some peculiar advantages:--he kindly wished to give me habits of business; and for this purpose, allowed me during many years to assist him in copying his letters of business, and in receiving his rents.' Within visiting distance of Edgeworth-Town was Pakenham Hall, the residence of Lord Longford, where a large family was growing up, including 'Kitty Pakenham,' the future Duchess of Wellington.
Here Miss Edgeworth became acquainted with Mrs.
Greville, the author of the 'Ode to Indifference,' and many other people of distinction.
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