The Dictionary of National Biography, Volume 39 (Google eBook)

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Macmillan, 1894 - Great Britain
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Page 177 - Verse, as may renew the wonted honour and esteem of our English tongue ; and it's the worth of these both English and Latin Poems, not the flourish of any prefixed...
Page 70 - He showed us his invention of writing, which was very ingenious ; also his wooden kalendar, which instructed him all by feeling ; and other pretty and useful inventions of mills, pumps, &c., and the pump he had erected that serves water to his garden, and to passengers, with an inscription, and brings from a filthy part of the Thames near it a most perfect and pure water.
Page 300 - There is one face of Farley, one face of Knight, one (but what a one it is!) of Listen; but Munden has none that you can properly pin down, and call his. When you think he has exhausted his battery of looks, in unaccountable warfare with your gravity, suddenly he sprouts out an entirely new set of features, like Hydra. He is not one, but legion. Not so much a comedian, as a company.
Page 287 - The ordinary means therefore to increase our wealth and treasure is by Foreign Trade, wherein we must ever observe this rule; to sell more to strangers yearly than we consume of theirs in value.
Page 358 - Had Prince Charles slept during the whole of the expedition, and allowed Lord George Murray to act for him according to his own judgment, there is every reason for supposing he would have found the crown of Great Britain on his head when he awoke.
Page 415 - Thistle, The; a dispassionate examine of the prejudice of Englishmen in general to the Scotch nation; and particularly of a late arrogant insult offered to all Scotchmen by a modern English journalist.
Page 375 - If you have any humanity, pray send clothing for your unfortunate prisoners in my possession. Leave it at a distance to be taken up for them, because I will admit of no contact for the future, but such as is hostile...
Page 296 - The strangest Adventure that ever happened : either in the ages passed or present. Containing a discourse concerning the successe of the King of Portugall, Dom Sebastian, from the time of his voyage into Affricke, when he was lost in the battell against the infidels in the yeare 1578, unto the sixt of January this present 1601.
Page 153 - ... men for affairs. He spoke both gracefully and weightily; he was eminently skilled in the law, had a vast understanding, and a prodigious memory; and those excellent talents with which Nature had furnished him, were improved by study and experience.
Page 42 - Johnson being asked his opinion of this Essay, answered, " Why, Sir, we shall have the man come forth again ; and as he has proved FalstafF to be no coward, he may prove lago to be a very good character.

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