The General biographical dictionary: containing an historical and critical account of the lives and writings of the most eminent persons in every nation (Google eBook)

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Alexander Chalmers
Printed for J. Nichols, 1814 - Biography
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Page 123 - I know I have the body but of a weak and feeble woman; but I have the heart and stomach of a king, and of a king of England too ; and think foul scorn that Parma or Spain, or any prince of Europe should dare to invade the borders of my realm ; to which rather than any dishonour shall grow by me, I myself will take up arms, I myself will be your general, judge, and rewarder of every one of your virtues in the field.
Page 409 - The Dissonance of the four generally received Evangelists, and the evidence of their authenticity examined.
Page 122 - My loving people, we have been persuaded by some that are careful of our safety, to take heed how we commit ourselves to armed multitudes, for fear of treachery. But I assure you, I do not desire to live to distrust my faithful and loving people.
Page 127 - Ten days and nights she lay upon the carpet, leaning on cushions which her maids brought her : and her physicians could not persuade her to allow herself to be put to bed, much less to make trial of any remedies which they prescribed to her.
Page 130 - Though a woman, she hid all that was womanish about her: and if a few equivocal marks of coquetry appeared on some occasions, they passed like flashes of lightning, vanished as soon as they were discerned, and imprinted no blot on her character. She had private friendships, she had favourites: but she never suffered her friends to forget she was their queen; and when her favourites did, she made them feel that she was so.
Page 444 - Is there under the heavens a more glorious and refreshing object, of the kind, than an impregnable hedge, of about four hundred feet in length, nine feet high, and five in diameter, which I can...
Page 129 - ... we are also apt to require some more softness of disposition, some greater lenity of temper, some of those amiable weaknesses by which her sex is distinguished.
Page 128 - There are few great personages in history who have been more exposed to the calumny of enemies and the adulation of friends than Queen Elizabeth ; and yet there is scarcely any whose reputation has been more certainly determined by the unanimous consent of posterity. The unusual length of her administration, and the strong features of her character, were able to overcome...
Page 443 - NUMISMATA : a Discourse of Medals, ancient and modern: together with some Account of Heads and Effigies of illustrious and famous Persons, in Sculps and Taille-Douce, of whom we have no Medals extant ; and of the Use to be derived from them. To which is added, a Digression concerning Physiognomy.
Page 443 - Terra : a Philosophical Discourse of Earth, relating to the Culture and improvement of it for Vegetation, and the propagation of Plants, as it was presented to the Royal Society, by J.

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