The General biographical dictionary, Volume 1 (Google eBook)

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Alexander Chalmers
Printed for J. Nichols, 1812 - Biography & Autobiography
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Page 162 - Lord Warwick was a young man of very irregular life, and perhaps of loose opinions. Addison, for whom he did not want respect, had very diligently endeavoured to reclaim him ; but his arguments and expostulations had no effect. One experiment, however, remained to be tried: when he found his life near its end, he directed the young Lord to be called; and when he desired, with great tenderness, to hear his last injunctions, told him, I have sent for you that you may see how a Christian can die.
Page 162 - As a describer of life and manners, he must be allowed to stand perhaps the first of the first rank. His humour, which, as Steele observes, is peculiar to himself, is so happily diffused as to give the grace of novelty to domestic scenes and daily occurrences. He never " outsteps the modesty of nature," nor raises merriment or wonder by the , violation of truth.
Page 163 - What he attempted, he performed ; he is never feeble, and he did not wish to be energetic ; he is never rapid, and he never stagnates. His sentences have neither studied amplitude, nor affected brevity ; his periods, though not diligently rounded, are voluble and easy. Whoever wishes to attain an English style, familiar but not coarse, and elegant but not ostentatious, must give his days and nights to the volumes of Addison, HUGHES.
Page 128 - Roman Antiquities; or, an account of the manners and customs of the Romans, 8vo.
Page 157 - The danger was soon over. The whole nation was at that time on fire with faction. The Whigs applauded every line in which liberty was mentioned, as a satire on the Tories ; and the Tories echoed every clap, to show that the satire was unfelt.
Page 159 - The present State of the War, and the Necessity of an Augmentation...
Page 163 - As a teacher of wisdom he maybe confidently followed. His religion has nothing in it enthusiastic or superstitious ; he appears neither weakly credulous nor wantonly sceptical ; his morality is neither dangerously lax, nor impracticably rigid. All the enchantment of fancy and all the cogency of argument are employed to recommend to the reader his real interest, the care of pleasing the Author of his being.
Page 397 - Recherches sur la précession des equinoxes et sur la nutation de l'axe de la terre, dans le système Newtonien.
Page 32 - George was the more plausible preacher, Robert the greater scholar; George the abler statesman, Robert the deeper divine; gravity did frown in George, and smile in Robert"
Page 67 - This calamitous state made the compassion of his friends necessary, and drew upon him the attention of Sir Thomas Abney...

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