Quotation by Horace Walpole

When Sir Robert Walpole had quitted the administration [as prime minister] in 1742 ... he went to dine with Mr. Lee Warner at Walsingham. After dinner a very aged clergyman ... desired to be presented to him, and then told Sir Robert that he had been his first schoolmaster in his infancy ... and had then from his early parts foretold his future greatness ... what an instance of beautiful disinterestedness! ... in twenty years that [Sir Robert's] administration lasted, the honest minister of Walsingham ... had never claimed his scholar, nor let him know of his own existence, till Sir Robert had lost all power of serving him!
Horace Walpole (1717–1797), British author. Horace Walpole's Miscellany 1786-1795, pp. 65-6, ed. Lars E. Troide, Yale University Press (1978).

Originally written in 1788; Walpole probably believed this apocryphal story of his father, Sir Robert.
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