The general biographical dictionary. Revised by A. Chalmers (Google eBook)

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Page 464 - he returned to London, and began to collect materials for his work entitled " A complete view of the Dresses and Habits of the People of England, from the establishment of the Saxons in Britain to the present time." The first volume of this appeared in 1796, and the second in
Page 332 - to them as astronomy, and they would have understood me full as well. Lord Macclesfield," he adds, " who had the greatest share in forming the bill, and is one of the greatest mathematicians and astronomers in Europe, spoke afterward* with infinite knowledge, and all the clearness that so intricate a matter would admit of;
Page 99 - and Attributes of God; the second comprehended ethics, strictly so called, and consisted chiefly of the doctrines which he published afterwards' in his " Theory of Moral Sentiments." In the third part he treated: more at length of that branch of morality Which relates to justice. This also he intended to give to the public
Page 112 - great rapidity, and of retaining with great fidelity what he so easily collected. He therefore always knew what the present question required; and, when his friends expressed their wonder at his acquisitions, made in a state of apparent negligence and drunkenness, he never discovered his hours of reading or method of study, but involved himself
Page 109 - dean when and upon what occasion the sentence should be put in execution. Thus tenderly was he treated ; the governors of his college could hardly keep him, and yet wished that he would not force them to drive him away. Some time afterwards he assumed an appearance of decency ; in
Page 99 - this intention, which is mentioned in the conclusion of the " Theory of Moral Sentiments," he did not live to fulfil. In the fourth, and last part of his lectures he examined those political regulations which are founded, not upon the principle of justice,
Page 311 - curious to see the house, and particularly importunate to be let into the study ; where, as is supposed, he designed to leave the Association. This, however, was denied him, and he dropt it in a flower-pot in the parlour. Young now laid an information before the privy-council; and May 7,
Page 111 - and incredibility of a mythological tale might determine him to choose an action from English history, at no great distance from our own times, which was to end in a real event, produced by the operation of known characters. Having formed his plan, and collected materials, he declared that a
Page 353 - The dedication is supposed to have been written by Hoadly, bishop of Winchester. The same year still, he published " A Letter from the earl of Mar to the king before his majesty's arrival in England ;" and the year following, a second volume of "The Englishman." In 1718, came out
Page 311 - of Sancroft, Sprat, Marlborough, Salisbury, and others. The copy of Dr. Sprat's name was obtained by a fictitious request, to which an answer " in his own hand" was desired. His hand was copied so well, that he confessed it might have deceived himself. Blackhead, who had carried the letter, being sent again with a plausible message, was

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