The Life of the Honourable Sir Dudley North, Knt. ...: And of the Honourable and Reverend Dr. John North ..

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Page 195 - I cannot describe how hard it was to persuade ourselves we stood safe ; so likely did our weight seem to throw down the whole fabric. But the adventure at Bow Church was more extraordinary. For, being come to the upper row of columns, next under the dragon, I could go round between the columns and the newel; but his corpulence would not permit him to do that : wherefore he took the column in his arm, and swung his body about on the outside ; and so he did quite round. Fancy, that in such a case would...
Page 193 - delighted much in natural observations, and what tended to explain mechanic powers ; and particularly that wherein his own concern lay, beams and scales, the place of the centres, the form of the centre-pins, what share the fulcrum, and what the force, or the weight, bore with respect to each other ; and that he might not be deceived, had made proofs by himself of all the forms of scales that he could imagine could be put in practice for deceiving.
Page 4 - ... and other business of that trade, by which he made himself a complete master of the mystery of that trade. This was not any loss of time; for that is one of the chief trades which the Levant merchants are concerned with, for the skilful...
Page 268 - ... in literature should remain to show that such a one as he existed, which should not be proof against the teeth of the next ages. After he had the government of himself, he would not endure that a picture should be made of him, though he was much courted and invited by Sir Peter Lely to it. And, what was very odd, he would not leave the print in his bed where he had lain, remain undefaced.
Page 249 - ... after chapel to repair to one or other of the coffee-houses (for there are divers) where hours are spent in talking; and less profitable reading of newspapers, of which swarms are continually supplied from London. And the scholars are so greedy after news (which is none of their business), that they neglect all for it; and it is become very rare for any of them to go directly to his chamber after prayers without doing his suit at the coffeehouse ; which is a vast loss of time...
Page 240 - London, for he had a country house, passed most of his time at his house amongst the rest of his books ; and his reading (for he was no mean scholar) was the chief entertainment of his time.
Page 199 - He hewed such stone as lay about and built a hearth with a back, and, by means of water and an old iron which he knocked right down, he perforated that stone for the wind to come at the fire. What common tools we wanted we sent and bought, and also a...
Page 201 - ... sweating most immoderately, and scarce allowing ourselves time to eat. At the lighter works in the afternoon, he hath sat, perhaps, scraping a stick or turning a piece of wood, and this for many afternoons together, all the while singing like a cobbler, incomparably better pleased than he had been in all the stages of his life before.
Page 197 - We had conversed so much with new houses," says Roger, on concluding a long detail of his brother's architectural investigations, " that we were almost turned rope-dancers, and walked as familiarly upon joists in garrets, having a view through all the floors down to the cellar, as if it had been plain ground.
Page 275 - Barrow, was advanced about three quarters of the height of the outward wall ; and the doctor most heartily and diligently applied his best forces towards carrying it on ; and, besides his own contributions, most of his friends and relations upon his encouragement became benefactors; the particulars whereof will appear in the accounts of that noble structure. The tradition of this undertaking runs thus. They say that Dr. Barrow pressed the heads of the university to build a theatre ; it being a profanation...

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