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Page 4 - I bribed the clerk with five shillings to allow me to chip away part of the plaster ; and after two or three attempts, I found the keystone of an arch, on which were engraved the arms of an ancestor of one of the parties. This evidence decided the cause, and I ever afterwards had reason to remember, with some satisfaction, my having on that occasion broken the Ten Commandments.
Page 4 - I'll tell you how it was. I was counsel in a cause, the fate of which depended on our being able to make out who was the founder of an* ancient chapel in the neighbourhood. I went to view it. There was nothing to be observed which gave any indication of its date or history : however, I observed that the Ten Commandments were written on some old plaster which, from its position, I conjectured might cover an arch. Acting on this, I bribed the clerk with five shillings to allow me to chip away a part...
Page xi - A lively desire of knowing and of recording our ancestors so generally prevails that it must depend on the influence of some common principle in the minds of men. We seem to have lived in the persons of our forefathers ; it is the labor and reward of vanity to extend the term of this ideal longevity.
Page xii - ... the authors of our existence. Our calmer judgment will rather tend to moderate, than to suppress, the pride of an ancient and worthy race. The satirist may laugh, the philosopher may preach, but Reason herself will respect the prejudices and habits which have been consecrated by the experience of mankind.
Page 313 - The king started a little, and said, " By my faith, my lord, I thank you for my " good cheer, but I may not endure to have my laws " broken in my sight; my attorney must speak with
Page 87 - Greek legend, a monster with the head of a lion, the body of a goat, and the tail of a dragon.
Page 348 - Irish Sketches of this lady resemble Miss Mitford's beautiful English sketches in * Our Village,' but they are far more vigorous and picturesque and bright."— BLACKWOOD'S MAGAZINE.