Anecdotes of Some Distinguished Persons: Chiefly of the Present and Two Preceding Centuries. Adorned with Sculptures, Volume 1

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T. Cadell, Jun. and W. Davies, successors to Mr. Cadell, 1795 - Anecdotes

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Page 195 - House well clad, and perceived a gentleman speaking, whom I knew not, very ordinarily apparelled, for it was a plain cloth suit, which seemed to have been made by an ill country tailor. His linen was plain, and' not very clean ; and I remember a speck or two of blood upon his little band, which was not much larger than his collar. His hat was without a hatband ; his stature was of a good size ; his sword stuck close to his side, his countenance swollen and reddish, his voice sharp and untunable,...
Page 195 - ... at the latter end of the day, finding me ever incorrigible, and having some inducements to suspect me a tamperer, he was sufficiently rigid. The first time that ever I took notice of him was in the very beginning of the Parliament held in November 1640, when I vainly thought myself a courtly young gentleman ; for we courtiers valued ourselves much upon our good clothes. I came one morning into the House well clad, and perceived a gentleman speaking, whom I knew not, very ordinarily apparelled,...
Page 152 - God to preserve his Majesty with long life and happy years ; he stroked me on the cheek, and said, ' Child, if God pleaseth, it shall be so...
Page 147 - Men are not troubled to hear a man dispraised, because they know, though he be naught, there is worth in others. But women are mightily troubled to hear any of them spoken against, as if the sex itself were guilty of some unworthiness.
Page 32 - Julio the second only excepted ; and in him he represented the reigning passion rather than the man. In painting he contented himself with a negative colour, and, as the painter of mankind, rejected all meretricious ornament. The fabric of St Peter, scattered into infinity of jarring parts by Bramante and his successors, he concentrated ; suspended the cupola, and, to the most complex, gave the air of the most simple of edifices.
Page 153 - So as I have heard him entertain a country lord in the proper terms relating to hawks and dogs, and at another time outcant a London chirurgeon.
Page 163 - ... with. He offered to speak, but was commanded to be gone without a word. In the outer room, James Maxwell required him, as prisoner, to deliver his sword. When he had got it, he cries with a loud voice, for his man to carry my lord lieutenant's sword.
Page 162 - Ireland (Strafford) came but on Monday to town, late; on Tuesday, rested ; on Wednesday came to Parliament ; but, ere night, he was caged. Intolerable pride and oppression cry to Heaven for vengeance.
Page 140 - And therefore proposed, that immediately, whilst the house was sitting, a small committee might be appointed, who, dividing themselves into the number of two and two, might visit all the judges, and ask them apart, in the name of the house, what messages the lord Finch, when he was chief justice of the court of common pleas, had brought to them from the king in the business of ship-money, and whether he had not solicited them to give judgment for the king in that case.
Page 90 - He was a pretty good logician ; he understood natural philosophy and music, and played upon the lute. The good and the learned had formed the highest expectations of him, from the sweetness of his disposition, and the excellence of his talents. He had begun to favour learning before he was a great scholar himself, and to be acquainted with it before he could make use of it. Alas \ how prophetically did he once repeat to me, ' Immodicis brevis est aetas, et rara senectus'.

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