The British Essayists: With Prefaces, Historical and Biographical, Volume 6

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Alexander Chalmers
Little, Brown, 1864 - English essays
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Contents

at Church addison
112
His Account of his Disappointment in Love STeele
113
On the Shame and Fear of PovertyCharacters of Laertes and Irus
114
Labour and Exercise addison
115
A hunting Scene with Sir Roger budgeLL
116
On WitchcraftStory of Moll White addison
117
Sir Rogers Reflections on the WidowLove Scene STeele
118
Rural MannersPoliteness addison
119
Instinct in Animals
120
The Subject continuedWisdom of Providence
121
A Visit with Sir Roger to the County Assizes
122
Education of Country SquiresStory of Eudoxus and Leontine
123
Use and Difficulties of Periodical Papers
124
Mischiefs of Party Spirit
125
The Subject continuedSir Rogers Principles
126
Letter on the Hooppetticoat
127
Difference of Temper in the SexesFemale Le vity
128
Fashions in Dresshow imitated in the Country
129
Interview of the Spectator and Sir Roger with a Gang of Gipsies
130
Opinions entertained of the Spectator in the Coun tryLetter from Will Honeycomb
131
Scene in a Stage Coach between a Quaker and an Officer STEELE
132
On DeathReflections on the Death of a Friend
133
Letter from a Splenetic curedLetter and Peti tion on the Exercise of the Fan
134
Blessing of being born an Englishmanthe Eng lish Tongue addison
135
Letter from a Liar STeele
136
Condition of ServantsLetters from Ralph Valet and Patience Giddy
137
Frivolous DisputantsExercise of the Snuffbox
138
The Love of GloryCharacter of Peter the Great
139
Improprieties on the Stage STeele
141
Immateriality of the Soul
224
Lancashire Witches hughes
360

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Page 204 - Greek at his own table ; for which reason he desired a particular friend of his at the university to find him out a clergyman rather of plain sense than much learning, of a good aspect, a clear voice, a sociable temper, and, if possible, a man that understood a little of backgammon.
Page 31 - If we consider our own country in its natural prospect, without any of the benefits and advantages of commerce, what a barren, uncomfortable spot of earth falls to our share ! Natural historians tell us, that no fruit grows .originally among us besides hips and haws, acorns and pig-nuts, with other delicacies of the like nature ; that our climate of itself, and without the assistances of art...
Page 225 - ... the stage. Would an infinitely wise Being make such glorious creatures for so mean a purpose ? Can He delight in the production of such abortive intelligences, such short-lived reasonable beings ? Would He give us talents that are not to be exerted ? Capacities that are never to be gratified...
Page 212 - Will Wimble's is the case of many a younger brother of a great family, who had rather see their children starve like gentlemen, than thrive in a trade or profession that is beneath their quality.
Page 205 - Calamy, with several living authors, who have published discourses of practical divinity. I no sooner saw this venerable man in the pulpit, but I very much approved of my friend's insisting upon the qualifications of a good aspect and a clear voice ; for I was so charmed with the gracefulness of his figure and delivery, as well as with the discourses he pronounced, that I think I never passed any time more to my satisfaction. A sermon repeated after this manner, is like the composition of a poet...
Page 202 - ROGER'S Family, because it consists of sober and staid Persons; for as the Knight is the best Master in the World, he seldom changes his Servants; and as he is beloved by all about him, his Servants never care for leaving him: By this Means his Domesticks are all in Years, and grown old with their Master. You would take his Valet...
Page 130 - Man-like, but different sex ; so lovely fair, That what seem'd fair in all the world, seem'd now Mean, or in her summ'd up...
Page 58 - The noble earl was slain. He had a bow bent in his hand, Made of a trusty tree ; An arrow of a cloth-yard long Up to the head drew he...
Page 228 - He has often told me, that at his coming to his estate, he found his parishioners very irregular: and that in order to make them kneel, and join in the responses, he gave every one of them a hassock and a Common Prayer Book ; and at the same time employed an itinerant...
Page 35 - I never heard the old song of Percy and Douglas, that I found not my heart more moved than with a trumpet ; and yet it is sung by some blind Crowder with no rougher voice than rude style ; which being so evil apparelled in the dust and cobweb of that uncivil age, what would it work trimmed in the gorgeous eloquence of Pindar...

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