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Page 540 - WE have read this book with the greatest pleasure. Considered merely as a composition, it deserves to be classed among the best specimens of English prose which our age has produced.
Page 1 - ENCYCLOPAEDIA OF GARDENING; Comprising the Theory and Practice of Horticulture, Floriculture, Arboriculture, and Landscape Gardening : including all the latest improvements ; a General History of Gardening; in all Countries ; and a Statistical View of its Present State : with Suggestions for its Future Progress in the British Isles.
Page 553 - ... of knowledge, clipped like one of the limes behind the Tuilleries, standing in the centre of the grand alley, the snake twined round it, the man on the right hand, the woman on the left, and the beasts drawn up in an exact circle round them.
Page 11 - Improvement, and Management of Landed Property, and the Cultivation and Economy of the Animal and Vegetable Productions of Agriculture, including all the latest Improvements. A general History of Agriculture in all Countries, and a Statistical View of its present State, with suggestions for its future progress in the British Isles.
Page 566 - It is ridiculous to imagine that a man, whose mind was really imbued with scorn of his fellow-creatures, would have published three or four books every year in order to tell them so ; or that a man, who could say with truth that he neither sought sympathy nor needed it, would have admitted all Europe to hear his farewell to his wife, and his blessings on his child.
Page 558 - So that the jest is clearly to be seen, Not in the words — but in the gap between ; Manner is all in all, whate'er is writ, The substitute for genius, sense, and wit.
Page 542 - At twenty-four he found himself on the highest pinnacle of literary fame, with Scott, Wordsworth, Southey, and a crowd of other distinguished writers beneath his feet. There is scarcely an instance in history of so sudden a rise to so dizzy an eminence.
Page 33 - WHEREAS in the reign of our late sovereign King James, of happy memory, an Act was made for the charitable relief and ordering of persons infected with the plague...
Page 540 - It would be difficult to name a book which exhibits more 01 kindness, fairness, and modesty. It has evidently been written, not for the purpose of showing, what, however, it often shows, how well its author can write; but for the purpose of vindicating, as far as truth will permit, the memory of a celebrated man who can no longer vindicate himself.
Page 566 - How far the character in which he exhibited himself was genuine, and how far theatrical, it would probably have puzzled himself to say. There can be no doubt that this remarkable man owed the vast influence which he exercised over his contemporaries at least as much to his gloomy egotism as to the real power of his poetry.