The history of Cheltenham (Google eBook)

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H. Ruff, 1803 - Cheltenham (England) - 358 pages
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Page 168 - Doubt not but God, who sits on high Thy secret prayers can hear, When a dead wall thus cunningly Conveys soft whispers to the ear.
Page 293 - A large empty barn, or some such building, is provided for the lord's hall, and fitted up with seats to accommodate the company. Here they assemble to dance and regale in the best manner their circumstances and the place will afford ; and each young fellow treats his girl with a riband or favour.
Page 206 - I was conducted through the prison, with one of its inferior dependants. We had a torch with us. We crept along narrow passages, as dark as pitch. In some of them, two people could scarcely pass each other. The cells are made of massy marble ; the architecture of the celebrated Sansovino. The cells are not only dark, and black as ink, but being surrounded and confined with huge walls, the smallest breath of air can scarcely find circulation in them. They are about nine feet square on the floor, arched...
Page 207 - ... which have suffered by the treachery of the human race, or have an instinctive abhorrence of it, he would have fled like lightning from me, if he could. " One, whose faculties were not so obliterated .who still recollected the difference between day and night whose eyes and ears, though long closed with a silent blank, still languished to perform their natural functions, implored, in the most piercing manner, that I would prevail on the gaoler to murder him, or to give him some instrument...
Page 224 - In the midst of all this gloom is an iron forge, covered with a black cloud of smoak, and surrounded with half-burned ore, with coal, and with cinders; the fuel for it is brought down a path, worn into steps, narrow and steep, and winding among precipices, and near it is an open space of barren moor, about which are scattered the huts of the workmen.
Page 293 - They have likewise a train-bearer or page, and a fool or jester, drest in a party-coloured jacket, whose ribaldry and gesticulation contribute not a little to the entertainment of some part of the company. The lord's music, consisting of a pipe and tabor, is employed to conduct the dance.
Page 215 - A reach of the river, forming a noble bay, is spread before the eye. The bank, on the right, is steep, and covered with wood; beyond which a bold promontory shoots out, crowned with a castle, rising among trees.
Page 223 - truly great and awful, so far from bung disturbed, be*' comes more interesting and important, by the business " to which it is destined. It is a chasm between two " ranges of hills, which rise almost perpendicularly from " the water ; the rocks on the sides are mostly heavy " masses, and their colour is generally brown ; but here
Page 208 - My cloaths were, to my coat sleeves, wet through. I staid too long there. I went to St. Mark's Place, as soon as I could ; and, by the assistance of the trembling Dominico, waiting for my return, the blessed light of day, fresh air, and a few glasses of Maraschino, I was enabled to get to my lodgings at the Scudo di Francia, on the side of the Great Canal, near the Rialto; where I was for several hours extremely ill, and for several days much indisposed.
Page 246 - ... the body of the Worcester ware far exceeds every other in fineness and whiteness, in which it almost, if not altogether, equals even the finest porcelain of China itself, and is found to be much harder, and more durable, than the body of any other porcelain whatever. The glazing of it never nips, breaks off, or parts from the body, except by extreme violence, and then it discovers no brownness, such as is often seen in the ordinary Chinese, and almost always, after wear, in the other kinds of...

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