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Grant, Robert et al,: The King's Men. V1. 30 Jan 2009

Grant was a Boston native and 1873 Harvard University graduate, and received the first Ph.D. in English granted by Harvard. He published his first novel in 1884. His most successful book was Unleavened Bread, which was one of the best selling novels of 1900. His autobiography Fourscore was published in 1934.
Grant was also a probate court judge, appointed in 1893. After he left the bench, Massachusetts Governor Alvan T. Fuller appointed Grant to a commission to review the conviction of Sacco and Vanzetti. The commission recommended that the decision to execute both men be upheld.

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There are few Americans who went to England before the late wars but will remember Ripon House. The curious student of history-a study, perhaps, too little in vogue with us-could find no better example of the palace of an old feudal lord. Dating almost from the time of the first George-and some even say it was built by the same Wren who designed that St. Paul's Cathedral whose ruins we may still see to the east of London-it frowned upon the miles of private park surrounding it, a marble memorial of feudal monopoly and man's selfish greed. The very land about it, to an extent of almost half a county, was owned by the owners of the castle, and by them rented out upon an annual payment to such farmers as they chose to favor with a chance to earn their bread.
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