The Encyclopedia of Anecdotes: Illustrative of Character and Events from Genuine Sources (Google eBook)

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William Sams, Royal Library, 1828 - Anecdotes - 636 pages
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Page 92 - I happened soon after to attend one of his sermons, in the course of which I perceived he intended to finish with a collection, and I silently resolved he should get nothing from me. I had in my pocket a handful of copper money, three or four silver dollars, and five pistoles in gold. As he proceeded I began to soften, and concluded to give the coppers.
Page 103 - During the whole of this interview, Johnson talked to his majesty with profound respect, but still in his firm manly manner, with a sonorous voice, and never in that subdued tone which is commonly used at the levee and in the drawing-room.
Page 100 - No man could have paid a handsomer compliment, and it was fit for a king to pay. It was decisive." When asked by another friend at sir Joshua Reynolds's, whether he made any reply to this high compliment, he answered, " No, sir; when the king had said it, it was to be so: it was not for me to bandy civilities with my sovereign.
Page 205 - Use no hurtful deceit; think innocently and justly; and, if you speak, speak accordingly. 8. JUSTICE Wrong none by doing injuries, or omitting the benefits that are your duty. 9. MODERATION Avoid extremes; forbear resenting injuries so much as you think they deserve. 10. CLEANLINESS Tolerate no uncleanliness in body, clothes, or habitation. 11. TRANQUILLITY Be not disturbed at trifles, or at accidents common or unavoidable.
Page 92 - I emptied my pocket wholly into the collector's dish, gold and all. At this sermon there was also one of our club, who, being of my sentiments respecting the building in Georgia, and suspecting a collection might be intended, had, by precaution, emptied his pockets before he came from home.
Page 234 - I can never forget the inexpressible luxury and profaneness, gaming, and all dissoluteness, and as it were total forgetfulness of God, (it being Sunday evening,) which this day se'nnight I was witness of, the King sitting and toying with his concubines, Portsmouth...
Page 577 - There is a lad here, which hath five barley- loaves and two small fishes: but what are they among so many?
Page 60 - One day as the king was walking in the Mall, and talking with Dryden, he said, ' If I was a poet, (and I think I am poor enough to be one,) I would write a poem on such a subject in the following manner,' and then gave him the plan for it.
Page 205 - Eat not to dullness; drink not to elevation. 2. SILENCE. Speak not but what may benefit others or yourself ; avoid trifling conversation. 3. ORDER. Let all your things have their places; let each part of your business have its time. 4. RESOLUTION. Resolve to perform what you ought; perform without fail what you resolve. 5. FRUGALITY. Make no expense but to do good to others or yourself; ie, waste nothing.
Page 552 - I did indeed ; and desired him that he would make some additions to my Lord Essex's army of some new regiments ; and I told him I would be serviceable to him in bringing such men in as I thought had a spirit that would do something in the work. This is very true that I tell you ; God knows I lie not. " Your troops," said I, " are most of them old decayed serving-men, and tapsters, and such kind of fellows ; and...

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