The General biographical dictionary: containing an historical and critical account of the lives and writings of the most eminent persons in every nation (Google eBook)

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Alexander Chalmers
Printed for J. Nichols, 1813 - Biography
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Page 340 - If the local constituent should have an interest, or should form an hasty opinion, evidently opposite to the real good of the rest of the community, the member for that place ought to be as far as any other from any endeavour to give it effect.
Page 334 - He made an administration so checkered and speckled, he put together a piece of joinery so crossly indented and whimsically dovetailed ; a cabinet so variously inlaid ; such a piece of diversified mosaic; such a tesselated pavement without cement ; here a bit of black stone and there a bit of white...
Page 146 - But his innovations are sometimes pleasing, and his temerities happy: he has many verba ardentia, forcible expressions, which he would never have found, but by venturing to the utmost verge of propriety; and flights which would never have been reached, but by one who had very little fear of the shame of falling.
Page 205 - Observations and Inquiries relating to various parts of Ancient History : containing Dissertations on the wind Euroclydon, and on the Island Melite, together with an account of Egypt in its most early state, and of the Shepherd Kings...
Page 384 - Young Davenant was telling us at court how he was set upon by the Mohocks, and how they ran his chair through with a sword. It is not safe being in the streets at night for them. The bishop of Salisbury's son * is said to be of the gang.
Page 465 - When it was known, it was necessarily admired: the King quoted, the courtiers studied, and the whole party of the royalists applauded it. Every eye watched for the golden shower which was to fall upon the author, who certainly was not without his part in the general expectation. In 1664 the second part appeared; the curiosity of the nation was rekindled, and the writer was again praised and elated. But praise was his whole reward. Clarendon, says Wood, gave him reason to hope for " places and employments...
Page 334 - I venture to say, it did so happen that persons had a single office divided between them who had never spoken to each other in their lives, until they found themselves, they knew not how, pigging together, heads and points, in the same truckle-bed.
Page 145 - Christian Morals: by Sir Thomas Brown, of Norwich, MD, and Author of Religio Medici. Published from the original and correct Manuscript of the Author ; by John Jeffery, DD, Arch-Deacon of Norwich.
Page 139 - I am not misinformed, will tell that with pleasure to all succeeding times. " He has been informed, that your majesty's piety is as genuine and eminent as your excellent qualities are great and conspicuous. This can, indeed, be truly known to the great searcher of hearts only; he alone who can look into them, can discern if they are sincere, and the main intention corresponds with the appearance ; and your majesty cannot take it amiss if such an author hints that his secret approbation is of infinitely...
Page 139 - ... He was once a man ; and of some little name; but of no worth, as his present unparalleled case makes but too manifest ; for by the immediate hand of an avenging God, his very thinking substance has for more than seven years been continually wasting away, till it is wholly perished out of him, if it be not utterly come to nothing. None, no not the least remembrance of its very ruins, remains, not the shadow of an idea is left, nor any sense that, so much as one single one, perfect or imperfect,...

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