And when such as had come in contact with Strickland in the past, writers who had known him in London, painters who had met him in the cafes of Montmartre, discovered to their amazement that where they had seen but an unsuccessful artist, like another, authentic
genius had rubbed shoulders with them there began to appear in the magazines of France and America a succession of articles, the reminiscences of one, the appreciation of another, which added to Strickland's notoriety, and fed without satisfying the curiosity of the public.
By the time Kate reached home, the good lady had called to mind two authentic
cases of milliners who had been possessed of considerable property, though whether they had acquired it all in business, or had had a capital to start with, or had been lucky and married to advantage, she could not exactly remember.
Though, as we have good authority for all our characters, no less indeed than the vast authentic
doomsday-book of nature, as is elsewhere hinted, our labours have sufficient title to the name of history.
I have no accurate knowledge of my age, never having seen any authentic
record containing it.
I shall be told that the jousts of Suero de Quinones, him of the 'Paso,' and the emprise of Mosen Luis de Falces against the Castilian knight, Don Gonzalo de Guzman, were mere mockeries; as well as many other achievements of Christian knights of these and foreign realms, which are so authentic
and true, that, I repeat, he who denies them must be totally wanting in reason and good sense."
When I speak of the "earliest accounts I possess of my progenitors," authentic
information is meant only; for, like other races, we have certain dark legends that might possibly carry us back again to the old world in quest of our estates and privileges.