The History of England: From the Invasion of Julius Cæsar to the Revolution in 1688. In Eight Volumes, Illustrated with Plates

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T. Cadell, in the Strand: and sold, 1789 - 588 Seiten

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Seite viii - I was assailed by one cry of reproach, disapprobation, and even detestation; English, Scotch, and Irish, Whig and Tory, churchman and sectary, freethinker and religionist, patriot and courtier, united in their rage against the man who had presumed to shed a generous tear for the fate of Charles I. and the earl of Strafford...
Seite xviii - Upon further consideration," said he, " I thought I might say to him, ' Good Charon, I have been correcting my works for a new edition. Allow me a little time that I may see how the public receives the alterations.
Seite xii - To conclude historically with my own character. I am, or rather was, — for that is the style I must now use in speaking of myself, which emboldens me the more to speak my sentiments; — I was, I say, a man of mild dispositions...
Seite xiii - In a word, though most men anywise eminent have found reason to complain of calumny, I never was touched, or even attacked, by her baleful tooth ; and though. I wantonly exposed myself to the rage of both civil and religious factions, they seemed to be disarmed in my behalf of their wonted fury. My friends never had occasion to vindicate any one circumstance of my character and conduct...
Seite xviii - Charon for not entering readily into his boat, he could not find one that fitted him; he had no house to finish, he had no daughter to provide for, he had no enemies upon whom he wished to revenge himself. 'I could not well imagine,' said he, 'what excuse I could make to Charon in order to obtain a little delay.
Seite xviii - Have a little patience. good Charon. I have been endeavouring to open the eyes of the Public. If I live a few years longer. I may have the satisfaction of seeing the downfall of some of the prevailing systems of superstition.
Seite vi - I went over to France with a view of prosecuting my studies in a country retreat ; and I there laid that plan of life which I have steadily and successfully pursued. I resolved to make a very rigid frugality supply my deficiency of fortune, to maintain unimpaired my independency, and to regard every object as contemptible, except the improvement of my talents in literature.
Seite 404 - In Rochester and all the towns through which he passed he was received with the shouts and acclamations of the populace. As he approached Southwark, the clergy, the laity, men of all ranks and ages, came forth to meet him, and celebrated with hymns of joy his triumphant entrance.
Seite x - I was reluctant to begin connexions with the great, and because I was afraid that the civilities and gay company of Paris would prove disagreeable to a person of my age and humour: but on his lordship's repeating the invitation, I accepted of it.
Seite xi - I was loaded with them. There is, however, a real satisfaction in living at Paris, from the great number of sensible, knowing, and polite company with which that city abounds above all places in the universe.

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