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He has said that he had given up hunting; but he still kept two horses for such riding as may be had in or about the immediate neighborhood of London. He continued to ride to the end of his life: he liked the exercise, and I think it would have distressed him not to have had a horse in his stable. But he never spoke willingly on hunting matters. He had at last resolved to give up his favourite amusement, and that as far as he was concerned there should be an end of it. In the spring of 1877 he went to South Africa, and returned early in the following year with a book on the colony already written. In the summer of 1878, he was one of a party of ladies and gentlemen who made an expedition to Iceland in the "Mastiff," one of Mr. John Burns' steam-ships. The journey lasted altogether sixteen days, and during that time Mr. and Mrs. Burns were the hospitable entertainers. When my father returned, he wrote a short account of How the "Mastiffs" went to Iceland. The book was printed, but was intended only for private circulation.
Every day, until his last illness, my father continued his work. He would not otherwise have been happy. He demanded from himself less than he had done ten years previously, but his daily task was always done. I will mention now the titles of his books that were published after the last included in the list which he himself has given at the end of the second volume:--
An Eye for an Eye, . . . . 1879 Cousin Henry, . . . . . . 1879 Thackeray, . . . . . . . 1879 The Duke's Children, . . . . 1880 Life of Cicero, . . . . . 1880 Ayala's Angel, . . . . . 1881 Doctor Wortle's School, . . . 1881 Frau Frohmann and other Stories, . 1882 Lord Palmerston, . . . . . 1882 The Fixed Period, . . . . . 1882 Kept in the Dark, . . . . . 1882 Marion Fay, . . . . . . 1882 Mr. Scarborough's Family, . . . 1883
At the time of his death he had written four-fifths of an Irish story, called The Landleaguers, shortly about to be published; and he left in manuscript a completed novel, called An Old Man's Love, which will be published by Messrs. Blackwood & Sons in 1884.
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