The Peripatetic: Or, Sketches of the Heart, of Nature and Society; in a Series of Politico-sentimental Journals, in Verse and Prose, of the Eccentric Excursions of Sylvanus Theophrastus [pseud.], Volumes 1-3

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Page 181 - Morden college, founded by Sir John Morden, a Turkey merchant, who died in 1708 ; and left his whole...
Page 44 - ... things of which your great folks make their dinners. This was a happy preface ' to one of my temper, and as it is a maxim with me, that there is no human being with whom it is not worth while to fpend a quarter of an hour, I readily encouraged the overtures he made of converfation, and fat myfelf down by his fide.
Page 139 - ... perhaps, by the mantling vine, the little casement, the rustic wicket, and the fence of goss or ozier that secures a few pot-herbs from invading cattle? Can any thing more enliven the scene than the pranks of ruddy infants, poured from beneath the lowly roof? the whistle of the honest husbandman, trudging cheerfully to his toil at morn? or his plodding gait, at evening, when, wearied with his daily...
Page 176 - As this is palpably the mode of calculation, it is no affected antithesis to declare, that the flourishing, grandeur of a country is but another term for the depression and misery of the people; and that to speak of the expensive luxury and refinements of the age> is but, with cruel irony, to remind us how many myriads are destitute ot the common requisites of decency and comfort, and pining in the absolute want of wholesom sustenance.
Page 138 - Peripatetic — a work, in which the mojl liberal and philanthropic fentiments u'ill be found, clothed in ajlile truly pleafing and original. INDEPENDENT of the pleasure which the wealthy might derive from encouraging the industry, relieving the occasional distresses, and contributing to the comfort and decency of the poor inhabitants of adjacent cottages ; — or, above all, from providing, at a small expence, for the cultivation of the mind of that swarm of children which such little habitations...
Page 141 - ... pretended representatives the permission to piunder us still more : and enslave us — rob us of the liberty of reasoning into the bargain! — Shame on these low born, half-starved cottage wretches! — While mighty ****s, and descendants from the bastard blood of ****s, rob us by L****rs P***t — suffer not a coal to blaze within our grates, or an action to be brought for the recovery of a just debt, till they have levied contribution upon us! — shall low plebeians, — vulgar, base born...
Page 174 - Nation, the majority of whose members cannot, with their utmost labour, procure the common comforts of life, and set a joint of meat once a week before their hungry families!
Page 172 - ... politicians may conclude me mad: but, for my own part, I cannot help thinking that, as The Nation, is but a term by which all the inhabitants of a country are collectively personified, it is treason to the Majesty of the People — blasphemy...
Page 118 - ... and hereditary virtues from the intrigues of Gallic Courtezans, and the amours of Theatrical Prostitutes; yea, and the heirs apparent of those sagacious luminaries of political science, to whom we are indebted for the important discovery that Truth is a Libel, and a long train of amiable and active members of the community who have equal claims to national gratitude, should accumulate salutary burthens, for the better support of their sacred dignity, on...
Page 101 - till frequent opportunities of contemplating, with enamoured eye, the varied beauties of creation, in my eccentric rambles, and indulging the poetical studies to which they conducted, had soothed and meliorated my heart, that the blossoms of sensibility began to unfold themselves, and I awakened to a sympathetic feeling for every sentient tennant of this many-peopled sphere.

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