The General biographical dictionary (Google eBook)

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Alexander Chalmers
Printed for J. Nichols, 1815 - Biography
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Page 151 - Jonson, which two I behold like a Spanish great galleon, and an English man-of-war ; Master Jonson (like the former) was built far higher in learning ; solid, but slow in his performances.
Page 70 - Some time in March I finished the ' Lives of the Poets,' which I wrote in my usual way, dilatorily and hastily, unwilling to work, and working with vigour and haste.
Page 416 - This often betrayed him into indecent and undutiful expressions with respect to the queen's person and conduct. Those very qualities, however, which now render his character less amiable, fitted him to be the instrument of providence for advancing the reformation among a fierce people, and enabled him to face dangers, and to surmount opposition, from which a person of a more gentle spirit would have been apt to shrink back.
Page 187 - Whilst Alypius, assisted by the governor of the province, urged, with vigour and diligence, the execution of the work, horrible balls of fire breaking out near the foundations, with frequent and reiterated attacks, rendered the place, from time to time, inaccessible to the scorched and blasted workmen; and the victorious element continuing in this manner obstinately and resolutely bent, as it were, to drive them to a distance, the undertaking was abandoned.
Page 14 - Oh lasting as those colours may they shine, Free as thy stroke, yet faultless as thy line ; New graces yearly like thy works display, Soft without weakness, without glaring gay; Led by some rule, that guides, but not constrains; And finish'd more through happiness than pains.
Page 28 - Her unexperienced mind, working day and night on this favourite object, mistook the impulses of passion for heavenly inspirations; and she fancied that she saw visions, and heard voices, exhorting her to reestablish the throne of France, and to expel the foreign invaders.
Page 313 - Parochial Antiquities Attempted in the History of Ambrosden, Burcester, and other Adjacent Parts in the Counties of Oxford and Bucks.
Page 226 - This strange oration is highly praised in Holwell's third part of Interesting Events relating to Bengal. For publishing Modest Remarks on the late Bishop Sherlock's Sermons, he was confined in Clerkenwell Bridewell from June 15, 1756, till June 10, 1758, during which period he published Reasons offered for the Reformation of the House of Correction in Clerkenwell.
Page 49 - Mr Wentworth. Having gone through the rudiments of classic literature, he returned to his father's house, and was probably intended for the trade of a bookseller. He has been heard to say that he could bind a book. At the end of two years, being then about nineteen, he went to assist the studies of a young gentleman, of the name of Corbet, to the university of Oxford ; and on the 31st of October 1728, both were entered of Pembroke College ; Corbet as a gentleman-commoner, and Johnson as a commoner.
Page 156 - ... of every word and action of those about him (especially after drink, which is one of the elements in which he liveth) . A dissembler of ill parts which...

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