The Works of William Robertson ...: History of Scotland

Front Cover
Cadell and Davies, 1817 - America

Selected pages


Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

Popular passages

Page 319 - ... sack Leith, and burn and subvert it, and all the rest, putting man, woman, and child, to fire and sword, without exception, when any resistance shall be made against you ; and this done, pass over to the...
Page 83 - ... history of Great Britain, from the revolution to the accession of the house of Hanover.
Page 251 - The proper distinction in the use of these particles, is elegantly marked in a passage of Dr. Robertson's History of Scotland. When one of the old Scottish kings was making an inquiry into the tenure by which his nobles held their lands, they started up, and drew their swords : " By these," said they, " we acquired our lands, and with these we will defend them.
Page 69 - I have, however, suf" fered my gratitude to lie under some suspicion, " by delaying my acknowledgment of so great a " favour. But my delay was only to render my " obligation to you more complete, and "my " thanks, if possible, more merited. The close " of the session brought a great deal of very " troublesome, though not important business " on me at once. I could not go through your " work at one breath at that time, though I have " done it since. I am now enabled to thank you,
Page 69 - I could not go through your work at one breath at that time, though I have done it since. I am now enabled to thank you, not only for the honour you have done me, but for the great satisfaction, and the infinite variety and compass of instruction, I have received from your incomparable work. Every thing has been done which was so naturally to be expected from the author of the History of Scotland, and of the Age of Charles the Fifth.
Page 70 - History, from its comparative youth, is but a poor instructor. When the Egyptians called the Greeks children in antiquities, we may well call them children ; and so we may call all those nations which were able to trace the progress of society only within their own limits. But now the great map of mankind is...
Page 51 - Quin ubi se a vulgo et scena in secreta remorant Virtus Scipiadae et mitis sapientia Laeli, Nugari cum illo et discincti ludere, donee Decoqueretur olus, soliti.
Page 22 - I have either heard in its favour, or been told of, I should fill my letter with a list of names. Mallet told me that he was sure, there was no Englishman capable of composing such a work. The town will have it that you was educated at Oxford, thinking it impossible for a mere untravelled Scotchman to produce such language.
Page 96 - One is also plagued with his notes, according to the present method of printing the book. When a note is announced you turn to the end of the volume, and there you often find nothing but a reference to an authority. All these authorities ought only to be printed at the margin or the bottom of the page.
Page 81 - O honour instantly, that would be the most desirable issue. This, however, I take to be now impossible; and I will venture to foretel, that if our leaders do not at once exert the power of the British empire in its full force, the struggle will be long, dubious, and disgraceful.

Bibliographic information