The History of England from the Invasion of Julius Caesar to the Revolution in 1688

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Seite ix - I consider, besides, that a man of sixty-five, by dying, cuts off only a few years of infirmities ; and though I see many symptoms of my literary reputation's breaking out at last with additional lustre, I knewthat . I could have but few years to enjoy it. It is difficult to be more detached from life than I am at present.
Seite 259 - From this attention of William, and from the extensive foreign dominions, long annexed to the crown of England, proceeded that mixture of French which is at present to be found in the English tongue, and which composes the greatest and best part of our language.
Seite xiv - Yesterday, about four o'clock afternoon, Mr. Hume expired. The near approach of his death became evident in the night between Thursday and Friday, when his disease became excessive, and soon weakened him so much, that he could no longer rise out of his bed. He continued to the last perfectly sensible, and free from much pain or feelings of distress.
Seite iii - In 1745, I received a letter from the marquis of Annandale, inviting me to come and live with him in England ; I found also that the friends and family of that young nobleman were desirous of putting him \ under my care and direction, for the state of his mind and health required it. I lived with him a twelvemonth.
Seite xii - Upon farther 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 294 - ... own force, or their private alliances: and valour was the only excellence which was held in esteem, or gave one man the pre-eminence above another. When all the particular superstitions, therefore, were here united in one great object, the ardour for military enterprises took the...
Seite xi - ... writing to him as to a dying man, and that so far from being hurt by this frankness, he was rather pleased and flattered by it. I happened to come into his room while he was reading this letter, which he had just received, and which he immediately shewed me.
Seite 104 - ... that ever was devised by the wit of man. Twelve freeholders were chosen, who, having sworn together with the hundreder, or presiding magistrate of that division, to administer impartial justice^ proceeded to the examination of that cause which was submitted to their jurisdiction.
Seite 450 - ... ingratitude and infidelity of men never destroyed the natural sensibility of his temper, which disposed him to friendship and society. His character has been transmitted to us by several writers who were his contemporaries"; and it extremely resembles, in its most remarkable features, that of his maternal grandfather Henry I.: excepting only that ambition, which was a ruling passion in both, found not in the first Henry such unexceptionable means of exerting itself, and pushed that prince into...
Seite 197 - ... and would be decided in a single action ; that never army had greater motives for exerting a vigorous courage, whether they considered the prize which would attend their victory, or the inevitable destruction which must ensue upon their...

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