The Life and Works of John Arbuthnot, M.D.: Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians

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Clarendon Press, 1892 - 516 strani
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Stran 151 - To help me through this long disease, my life; To second, ARBUTHNOT! thy art and care, And teach the being you preserved to bear.
Stran 204 - ... or more cheated by partners, apprentices, and servants. This was occasioned by his being a boon companion, loving his bottle and his diversion; for, to say truth, no man kept a better house than John, nor spent his money more generously. By plain and fair dealing, John had acquired some plums, and might have kept them, had it not been for his unhappy law-suit.
Stran 126 - If he should travel about the country, he would have hecatombs of roasted oxen sacrificed to him. Since he became so conspicuous Will Pulteney hangs his head, to see himself so much outdone in the career of glory. I hope he will get a good deal of money by printing his play ; but, I really believe, he would get more by shewing his person ; and I can assure you, this is the very identical John Gay, whom you formerly knew, and lodged with, in Whitehall, two years ago.
Stran 232 - ... pieces of formality, and your romps that have no regard to the common rules of civility. There are some ladies, that affect a mighty regard for their relations : ' we must not eat to-day, for my uncle Tom, or my cousin Betty, died this time ten years : let's have a ball to-night, it is my neighbour such-a-one's birth-day...
Stran 210 - Pray God this Hocus be honest. Would to God you would look over his bills and see how matters stand between Frog and you. Prodigious sums are spent in this lawsuit, and more must be borrowed of scriveners and usurers at heavy interest. Besides, my dear, let me beg of you to lay aside that wild project of leaving your business to turn lawyer, for which, let me tell you, nature never designed you. Believe me, these rogues do but flatter, that they may pick your pocket. Observe what a parcel of hungry,...
Stran 233 - It has been observed that such people are oftener in the wrong than anybody. Though she had a thousand good qualities, she was not without her faults, amongst which one might perhaps reckon too great lenity to her servants, to whom she always gave good counsel, but often too gentle correction. I thought I could not say less of John Bull's mother, because she bears a part in the following transactions.
Stran 226 - All the servants in the family made high court to her, for she domineered there, and turned out and in whom she pleased; only there was an old grudge between her and Sir Roger, whom she mortally hated, and used to hire fellows to squirt kennel water upon him, as he passed along the streets; so that he was forced constantly to wear a surtout of oiled cloth, by which means he came home pretty clean, except where the surtout was a little scanty. As for the third,* she was a thief, and a common mercenary...
Stran 439 - Am I but what I seem,- mere flesh and blood ; A branching channel, with a mazy flood? The purple stream that through my vessels glides, Dull and unconscious flows like common tides: The pipes through which the circling juices stray, Are not that thinking I, no more than they : This frame compacted with transcendent skill, Of moving joints obedient to my will, Nursed from the fruitful glebe, like yonder tree. Waxes and wastes; I call it mine, not me...
Stran 229 - The arguments used by Hocus and the rest of the guardians had hitherto proved insufficient. John and his wife could not be persuaded to bear the expense of Esquire South's law-suit. They thought it reasonable that since he was to have the honour and advantage he should bear the greatest share of the charges, and retrench what he lost to sharpers and spent upon country dances and puppet-plays to apply it to that use.
Stran 138 - Pravity of his Manners Than successful in Accumulating WEALTH. For, without TRADE or PROFESSION, Without TRUST of PUBLIC MONEY, And without BRIBE-WORTHY Service, He acquired, or more properly created, A MINISTERIAL ESTATE. He was the only Person of his Time, Who could CHEAT without the Mask of HONESTY, Retain his Primeval MEANNESS When possessed of TEN THOUSAND a YEAR, And having daily deserved the GIBBET for what he did Was at last condemned to it for what he could not do.

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