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OBITUARY., Ashburton Guardian, Volume IV, Issue 813, 8 December 1882
Our cablegrams this evening contain intelligence of the death of two gentlemen well-known in the world of letters. The following sketches are from “ Men of the Time
Trollope, Anthony, second son of the late Mr T. A. Trollope, barrister-at-law, and of Mrs Trollope, the well-known authoress, born April 24, 1815, was educated at Winchester and Harrow. For many years he held an appointment in the Post-office, and he has been sent on several important missions to establish postal conventions with other countries. He has Written “ The Macdermots of Ballycloran,” 1847 ; “ The Kellys and the O’Kallys,” 1848 ; “ La Vendee,” an historical romance, 1850 ; “ The Warden,” a novel, 1855 ; “ Barchester Towers,” a novel, 1857; “The Three Clerks,” a novel, 1857 ; “Dr Thorne,” 1857 ; “ The West Indies and the Spanish Main,” 1859; “The Bertrams,” a novel, 1859 ; “ Castle Richmond,” a novel, 1860 ; “ Framley Parsonage,” 1861; “ Tales of all Countries, two Series,” 1861; “ NorthAmerica,” 1862 ; “ Orley Farm,” 1862; “Rachel Ray,” 1863; “Can You Forgive Her,” 1804 ; “ The Small House at Allington,” 1864; “Miss Mackenzie,” 1865 ; three volumes of reprints from the Fall Mall Gazette, entitled respectively, “ Hunting Sketches,” 1865 ; “Travailing Sketches,” 1866; and “ Clergymen of the Church of England,” 1866; “ The Belton Estate,” 1866; “ The Last Chronicle of Barset,” 1867; “The Olaverings,” 1867; “ Lotta Schmidt and other Stories,” 1867, being a volume of reprints from Good Words and other magazines; “ British Sports and Pastimes, 1863, reprinted from the St. Paul’s Metgazine, of which Mr Trollope was for some time the editor'; “Phinias Phinn, the Irish Member,” 1863; ‘'He Knew He was Right,” 1869; “An Editor’s Tale,” 1870; “The Vioarofßullhampton,” 1870; “ The Struggles of Brown, Jones, and Robinson,” 1870; “ The Commentaries of Ctesar,” 1870,- contributed to a series entitled “ Ancient Classics for English Readers ;” “ Ralph the Heir,” 1871; “Sir Harry Hotspur of Humblethwaite,” 1871; “ The Golden Lion of Grandpdre,” 1872; “The Eustace Diamonds,” 1873 ; “ Australia and New Zealand,” 2 vols , 1873; “ Fhineas Redux,” 1873; “Harry Heathcote of Gangoil,” a tale of Australian bush life,” 1874; “Lady Anna,” 1874; “The Way We Live Now,” 1875; “ The Prime Minister,” 1876; “The American Senator.” 1877; and “ South Africa,” 2 vols., 1878.
Bit* no, Jean-Joseph-Louis, born at Madrid, Oct. 2i, 1813, is of Corsican extraction, his mother nee Estelle Pozzo di Borgo, belonging to the same family as the celebrated diplomatist of that name. When nineteen years old he went to Paris and wrote in several daily journals. Afterwards, at Arras, he contributed to one of trie moat important Republics papers—the Progres de Pas-de-Onlxis. In 1838 he founded the Revue du Progres, in which he first published “The Organisation of Labour.” As he was returning home one evening in October 1839, he was suddenly assailed from behind by some ruffian, who inllicte I a violent blow with a stick on his right eye. The author of this cowardly attempt, which was made the day after M. Louis Blanc had published a review of Louis Bonaparte’s work “ Les Ide'es Napoldonicnnes,” was never discovered. M. Louis Blanc had a brother one year younger than himself, who was at that time at Rodez, in the department of I‘Aveyron, who entertained so strong a conviction that his brother was being assault ,d at the precise moment when it really occurred that he was induced to write at once for information to Paris. This incident was the origin of M. Dumas’s “ Corsican Brothers,” the main subject of which is the preternatural sympathy between two brothers. M. Louis Blanc having become a clerk in a notary’s office, soon, found more congenial occupation as tutor in a private family, and shortly afterwards made his way to eminence among the journalists of Paris. Ihe important part that M. Louis Blanc played in the stormy days of 1848 has become matter of history. He was elected a member of the Provisional Government, ard it has been erroneously asserted that, while serving his country in that capacity, he created and organised the famous “ Nationa Workshops,” a scheme that he strenuously deprecated and opposed, and which, tc use the words of M. Lamartine, “ was th< device of his adversaries.” This calumny was so ingeniously and industriously disseminated, to serve the purpose of political intrigues, that it was long credited, in spite of many unquestionable proofs of its fallacy. M. Louis Blanc, when t member of the Provisional Government, prevailed upon his colleagues to abolisli capital punishment for political offences : and on being returned one of the representatives of Paris by 120,00 C votes, after the Provisional Government had surrendered its power to the hands of the National Assembly, he brought forward and carried the motion for a repeal of the law by which the family of the Bonapartes was doomed to perpetual exile. To the abrogation of this law Louis Napoleon was indebted for permission to return to France, and consequently for his subsequent wonderful good fortune. The circumstances that led to M. Louis Blanc’s quitting France and faking up his abode in this country may be briefly stated. A violent demonstration was made May 15, 1848, in favor of Poland, by numbers of people, who invaded the hall of the Rational Assembly. M. Louis Blanc exerted himself to check this unwarrantable attempt at popular dictation. Although the working men who took part in the demonstration did not follow his advice, they showed him sympathy and respect, which his enemies turned against him, making them the pretext for an attempt to proscribe him. This unfounded charge fell to the groun I, and it was not until amid the excitement that prevailed after the sanguinary insurrection of June in the same year, when the minds of many were under the infiuenoj of a frantic reactionary movement, that the charge already disproved was revived, and his proscription resolved upon and voted by the very men, indeed, who had but a short time before pmc'aimed his innocence. One of the most prominent of M, Louis Blanc’s literary under-
takings was his “ Histoire des Dix Ans : 1830-1840,” which passed through several editions and exercised groat influence on political events in France during the latter portion of the reign of Louis Philippe. His larger and more important production, the “ History of the French Revolution,” written during his residence in England, consists of twelve volumes.
“ Historical Revelations,” intended to expose the misrepresentations in Lord Normanby’s narrative of certain events that occurred in Paris after the overthrow of Louis Philippe’s government, was published in 1859. M. Louis Blaiio —who during his residence in England acted as correspondent to several French journals published “Letters on. England,’’ of which a translation appeared in London in 1866. On the fall of the Empire in 1870, M. Louis Blanc returned to his native country. Ho has represented ..the fifth arrondissement of the department of the Seine in the National Assembly since February, 1871.
OBITUARY., Ashburton Guardian, Volume IV, Issue 813, 8 December 1882
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