'Brief Lives': I-Y (Google eBook)

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At the Clarendon Press, 1898 - Great Britain
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Page 226 - His father was a Butcher, and I have been told heretofore by some of the neighbours, that when he was a boy he exercised his father's Trade, but when he kill'da Calfe he would doe it in a high style, and make a Speech.
Page 181 - It was sold then for it's wayte in silver. I have heard some of our old yeomen neighbours say that when they went to Malmesbury or Chippenham market, they culled out their biggest shillings to lay in the scales against the tobacco.
Page 171 - At Oxford (and I believe at Cambridge) the rod was frequently used by the tutors and deans ; and Dr. Potter, of Trinity college, I knew right well, whipped his pupil with his sword by his side, when he came to take his leave of him to go to the inns of. court.
Page 226 - This William being inclined naturally to poetry and acting, came to London, I guess about eighteen, and was an actor at one of the playhouses, and did act exceedingly well : now Ben Jonson was never a good actor, but an excellent instructor.
Page 68 - Clarke (a mercer) sells silke etc. very like her father. The other sister is Mary, more like her mother. After dinner he used to walke 3 or 4 houres at a time he alwayes had a Garden where he lived: went to bed about 9.
Page 226 - Combes, an old rich usurer, was to be buryed, he makes there this extemporary epitaph, Ten in the hundred the Devill allowes, But Combes will have twelve, he sweares and vowes: If any one askes who lies in this tombe, 'Hoh!' quoth the Devill, 'Tis my John o Combe.
Page 188 - twas basely sayd of Sir WR, to talke of the anagramme of Dog? In his speech on the scaffold, I heard my cosen Whitney say (and I thinke 'tis printed) that he spake not one word of Christ, but of the great and incomprehensible God, with much zeale and adoration, so that he concluded he was an a-christ, not an atheist.
Page 12 - James's time, I have heard my uncle Danvers say (who knew him) that he lived without Temple Barre, at a Combe-maker's shop, about the Elephant and Castle. In his later time he lived in Westminster, in the house under which you passe as you goe out of the churchyard into the old palace; where he dyed.
Page 227 - Shadwell (who is counted the best comoedian we have now) say, that he had a most prodigious witt, and did admire his naturall parts beyond all other dramaticall writers. He was wont to say, that he never blotted out a line in his life ; sayd Ben Jonson, " I wish he had blotted out a thousand.
Page 54 - He was in his conversation very modest, and of very few words : and though he loved wine he would never drinke hard in company, and was wont to say that, he would not play the good-fellow in any man's company in whose hands he would not trust his life.

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