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Full text of "The Life Of Charles Stewart Parnell Vol - I"

28       CHARLES STEWART PARNELL
days were serenely passed in his house at Bordentown, New Jersey, where he died, full of years and honour, on November 9, 1869. His personal appearance is thus described:
' Commodore Stewart was about five feet nine inches high and of a dignified and engaging presence. His complexion wras fair, his hair chestnut, eyes blue, large, penetrating, and intelligent. The cast of his countenance was Roman, bold, strong, and commanding, and his head finely formed. His control of his passions was truly surprising, and under the most irritating circumstances his oldest seamen never saw a ray of anger flash from his eyes. His kindness, benevolence, and humanity wTere proverbial; but his sense of justice and the requisitions of duty were as unbending as fate. In the moment of great stress and danger he was cool, and quick in judgment, as he was utterly ignorant of fear. His mind was acute and powerful, grasping the greatest or smallest subjects with the intuitive mastery of genius.'
Commodore Stewart was predeceased by his son-in-law, John Henry Parnell, who died in Dublin in 1859; but his daughter, Delia Tudor Stewart Parnell, lived until 1898.' In the autumn of 1896 I called on her in Dublin. She had just arrived from America and was recovering from a severe illness. She looked pale and delicate, but was bright and even incisive in conversation, taking a keen interest in political affairs. Her face suggested no likeness to her remarkable son, but she had the calm, determined, self-possessed manner which always distinguished him. She knew her own mind, too. Her views might have been right or wrong, sensible or the reverse, but she had no doubts. She held her ground firmly in argument, and could not