The life and works of John Arbuthnot, M.D.: fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (Google eBook)

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Clarendon Press, 1892 - 516 pages
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Page 139 - To help me through this long disease, my life; To second, ARBUTHNOT! thy art and care, And teach the being you preserved to bear.
Page 192 - ... or more cheated by partners, apprentices, and servants. This was occasioned by his being a boon companion, loving his bottle and his diversion; for, to say truth, no man kept a better house than John, nor spent his money more generously. By plain and fair dealing, John had acquired some plums, and might have kept them, had it not been for his unhappy law-suit.
Page 114 - If he should travel about the country, he would have hecatombs of roasted oxen sacrificed to him. Since he became so conspicuous Will Pulteney hangs his head, to see himself so much outdone in the career of glory. I hope he will get a good deal of money by printing his play ; but, I really believe, he would get more by shewing his person ; and I can assure you, this is the very identical John Gay, whom you formerly knew, and lodged with, in Whitehall, two years ago.
Page 113 - The inoffensive John Gay is now become one of the obstructions to the peace of Europe, the terror of ministers, the chief author of the Craftsman, and all the seditious pamphlets which have been published against the government. He has got several turned out of their places; the greatest ornament of the court banished from it for his sake;* another great lady in danger of being...
Page 220 - ... pieces of formality, and your romps that have no regard to the common rules of civility. There are some ladies, that affect a mighty regard for their relations : ' we must not eat to-day, for my uncle Tom, or my cousin Betty, died this time ten years : let's have a ball to-night, it is my neighbour such-a-one's birth-day...
Page 415 - I seem,- mere flesh and blood ; A branching channel, with a mazy flood? The purple stream that through my vessels glides, Dull and unconscious flows like common tides: The pipes through which the circling juices stray, Are not that thinking I, no more than they : This frame compacted with transcendent skill, Of moving joints obedient to my will, Nursed from the fruitful glebe, like yonder tree. Waxes and wastes; I call it mine, not me...
Page 96 - an account of Dr. Arbuthnot's illness, which is a very sensible affliction to me, who, by living so long out of the world, have lost that hardness of heart contracted by years and general conversation. I am daily losing friends, and neither seeking nor getting others. Oh! if the world had but a dozen Arbuthnots in it, I would burn my Travels.
Page 139 - And keep a while one parent from the sky! On cares like these if length of days attend, May Heaven, to bless those days, preserve my friend, Preserve him social, cheerful, and serene, And just as rich as when he served a queen.
Page 214 - All the servants in the family made high court to her, for she domineered there, and turned out and in whom she pleased; only there was an old grudge between her and Sir Roger, whom she mortally hated, and used to hire fellows to squirt kennel water upon him, as he passed along the streets; so that he was forced constantly to wear a surtout of oiled cloth, by which means he came home pretty clean, except where the surtout was a little scanty. As for the third,* she was a thief, and a common mercenary...
Page 189 - ... when shop was shut up, he would go about the neighbourhood, and earn half a crown by teaching the young men and maids to dance. By these methods he had acquired immense riches, which he used to squander away at back-sword, quarter-staff, and cudgel-play, in which he took great pleasure, and challenged all the country. You will say it is no wonder if Bull and Frog should be jealous of this fellow2. 'It is not impossible...

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