Memorials of the public life and character of the Rt. Hon. James Oswald of Dunnikier: contained in a correspondence with some of the most distinguished men of the last century

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Printed for Archibald Constable and co. and Hurst, Robinson and co., 1825 - 484 pages
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Page 63 - All this is certainly true. They say many small fevers prevent a great one. Heaven be praised that I have always liked the persons and company of the fair sex ! for by that means I hope to escape such ridiculous passions. But could you ever suspect the ambitious, the severe, the bustling, the impetuous, the violent Marchmont, of becoming so tender and gentle a swain — an Artamenes, an Oroondates ? * The marriage took place accordingly on the day following the data of the letter, viz.
Page 74 - Rapin, whom I had an esteem for, is totally despicable. I may be liable to 'the reproach of ignorance, but I am certain of escaping that of partiality. The truth is, there is so much reason to blame and praise, alternately, King and Parliament, that I am afraid the mixture of both in my composition, being so equal, may pass sometimes for an affectation, and not the result of judgment and evidence.
Page 123 - Lyttletou says, that Robertson and Smith and Bower are the glories of English literature. Oswald protests he does not know whether he has reaped more instruction or entertainment from it. But you may easily judge what reliance can be put on his judgment who has been engaged all his life in public business, and who never sees any faults in his friends. Millar exults and brags that two-thirds of the edition are already sold, and that he is now sure of success.
Page 477 - Hence it was that his impromptues in parliament were generally more admired than his studied speeches, and his first suggestions in the councils of his party better attended to than his prepared opinions. Being a man of humble birth, he seemed to have an innate respect for titles, and none bowed with more devotion to the robes and fasces of high rank and office. He was decidedly...
Page 68 - The growth of everything, both in art and nature, at last checks itself. The rich country would acquire and retain all the manufactures that require great stock or great skill ; but the poor country would gain from it all the simpler and more laborious. The manufactures of London, you know, are steel, lace, silk, books, coaches, watches, furniture, fashions. But the outlying provinces have the linen and woollen trade. The distance of China is a physical impediment to the communication, by reducing...
Page 5 - ... or rather at present, is allowed to make as great an appearance as ever man did in that House. Murray has not spoke since, on the other two debates, where his rival carried all before him, being very unequally matched with Pelham, Young, and Winnington. I dare say you will scarce be able to read this scrawl, which I have drawn to an immeasurable length, from the difficulty I find in having done, when Pitt is the subject ; for I think him, sincerely, the most finished character I ever knew.
Page 5 - The other spoke like a gentleman, like a statesman, who felt what he said, and possessed the strongest desire of conveying that feeling to others, for their own interest, and that of their country. Murray gains your attention by the perspicuity of his arguments, and the elegance of his diction.
Page 59 - I had treasured up stores of study and plans of thinking for many years;" and his only consolation is that the opportunity of becoming conversant with state affairs may be profitable : — " I shall have an opportunity of seeing courts and camps : and if I can afterward be so happy as to attain leisure and other opportunities, this knowledge may even turn to account to me as a man of letters, which I confess has always been the sole object of my ambition. I have long had an intention, in my riper...
Page 19 - You will remember how your friend David Hume and you used to laugh at a most sublime declamation I one night made, after a drunken expedition to Cupar, on the impotency of corruption in certain circumstances ; how I maintained, that, on certain occasions, men felt, or seemed to feel, a certain dignity in themselves, which made them disdain to act on sordid motives ; and how I imagined it to be extremely possible, in such situations, that even the lowest of men might become superior to the highest...
Page 5 - ... his sentiments, the strength and energy of his expressions, and the certainty of his always rising to a greater elevation both of thought and sentiment. For, this talent he possesses, beyond any speaker I ever heard, of never falling from the beginning to the end of his speech, either in thought or expression.

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