A History of the Borough and Town of Calne: And Some Account of the Villages, Etc., in Its Vicinity

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R.S. Heath, 1903 - Calne (England) - 388 pages
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Page 118 - Happy the yeoman's house into which one of these Dutchmen did enter, bringing industry and wealth along with them. Such who came in strangers within their doors, soon after went out bridegrooms, and returned sons-in-law, having married the daughters of their landlords who first entertained them. Yea, those yeomen in whose houses they harboured soon proceeded gentlemen, gaining great estates...
Page 256 - ... and the thief himself, a little man, but full of spirits, with eyes, hands, feet, and frame for ever in motion, looking as if it would be a feat for him to sit for three minutes quiet in his chair. I am no great observer of proportions, but he seemed to me to be a neat-made little fellow, tidily buttoned up, young as fifteen at heart, though with hair that reminded me of "Alps in the sunset...
Page 58 - ... fit to call a Parliament, whether he will be for taking off the penal laws and the tests. 2. Whether he will assist and contribute to the election of such members as shall be for taking off the penal laws and tests. 3. Whether he will support the king's declaration for liberty of conscience by living friendly with those of all persuasions, as subjects of the same prince and good Christians ought to do.
Page 194 - I continued seven years, spending the summer with my family, and a great part of the winter in his lordship's house in London. My office was nominally that of librarian, but I had little employment as such, besides arranging his books, taking a catalogue of them, and of his manuscripts, which were numerous, and making an index to his collection of private papers. In fact, I was with him as a friend...
Page 195 - the feast of reason and the flow of soul " was thus enjoying, a gentleman of Lord Lansdowne's acquaintance from London happened to arrive ; but being too late for dinner, his Lordship was making his apologies, and added, "But you have lost a better thing than dinner, in not being here time enough to hear Dr. Johnson repeat his charming letter to Lord Chesterfield, though I dare say the Doctor will be kind enough to give it to us again."
Page 16 - In this year all the chief witan of the English nation fell at Calne from an upper chamber, except the holy archbishop Dunstan, who alone supported himself upon a beam ; and there were some grievously maimed, and some did not escape it with life.
Page 195 - Indeed, my Lord," says the Doctor (who began to growl the moment the subject was mentioned), " I will not: I told the story just for my own amusement, but I will not be dragged in as storyteller to a company.
Page 308 - WASSAILE the trees, that they may beare You many a plum, and many a peare : For more or lesse fruits they will bring, As you doe give them wassailing.
Page 192 - Parliament for the sale of the Honours, manors and lands heretofore belonging to the late King, Queen and Prince, under their hands and seals.
Page 240 - Park, a place capable of being made a noble seat ; but the humorous old Knight has built a long single house of two low stories on the precipice of an incomparable prospect, and landing on a bowling-green in the park. The house is like a long barn, and has not a window on the prospect side.

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