Suffolk Correspondence

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Page 98 - that were ever paid by the wit of man. Each of them is worth an estate for life — nay, is an immortality. There is that superb one to Lord Cornbury: 'Despise low joys, low gains; Disdain whatever Cornbury disdains; Be virtuous, and be happy for your pains.
Page 30 - With favour and fortune fastidiously blest, He's loud in his laugh, and he's coarse in his jest; Of favour and fortune unmerited, vain, A sharper in trifles, a dupe in the main...
Page 312 - ... golds, and at top of one of them you may have a setting-dog, who having sprung a wooden partridge, it may be flying a yard off against the wainscot. To warm and light this palace it must cost you eight and twenty thousand livres a year in wood and candles — if you cannot afford that, you must stay till my Lord Clive returns with the rest of the Indies. The mistress of this Arabian Nights...
Page 113 - Amoretto's main action was at our table ; but episodically, he took pieces of bread and butter, and cups of tea at about ten others. He laughed his way through the girls out of the long room into the little one, where he tallied* till he swore, and swore till he went home — and probably some time afterwards.
Page 17 - WHEN Cupid did his grandsire Jove entreat To form some Beauty by a new receipt, Jove sent, and found, far in a country scene, Truth, innocence, good nature, look serene : From which ingredients first the dext'rous boy Pick'd the demure, the awkward, and the coy. The Graces from the court did next provide Breeding...
Page 115 - ... garland. He concluded his evening, as usual, with basset and blasphemy. Oct. 31. — Amoretto breakfasted at Lady Anne's, where, being now more easy and familiar, he called for a half-peck loaf and a pound of butter — let off a great many ideas, and, had he had the same inclination to have let any thing else, would doubtless have done it.
Page 311 - I did not dare to accompany them at this time of year after all I have suffered. Yesterday I dined at La Borde's, the great banker of the court. Lord ! madam, how little and poor all your houses in London will look after his ! In the first place, you must have a garden half as long as the Mall, and then you must have fourteen windows, each as long as the other half, looking into it, and each window must consist of only eight panes of looking-glass. You must have a first and second ante-chamber, and...
Page 312 - ... from top to bottom, and then you must stuff them fuller than they will hold with granite tables and porphyry urns, and bronzes, and statues, and vases, and the L — d or the devil knows what.
Page 53 - I will heartily and sincerely subscribe to it, — that I detest avarice in Courts, corruption in Ministers, schisms in religion, illiterate fawning betrayers of the Church in mitres, — but, at the same time, I prodigiously want an infallible judge to determine when it is really so ; for as I have lived...
Page 124 - There were Chesterfield and Fanny, In that eternal whisper which begun Ten years ago, and never will be done ; For though, you know, he sees her every day, Still he has ever something new to say.