Portraits of Illustrious Personages of Great Britain, Volume 9

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Harding and Lepard, 1835 - Great Britain

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Page 9 - I have had time enough to reflect sufficiently upon our present state, especially since I came hither. But whatever way I turn my thoughts, I find insuperable difficulties. Pray do not think it an effect of melancholy, for that was never my greatest fault, when I tell you that in these three weeks' retirement in this place I have not only looked back, but forward ; and the more I consider our present circumstances, I think them still the more desperate, unless some unforeseen accident fall out which...
Page 7 - And he, suspecting that lord Cornbury was in the design, spoke to him as one in a rage, that forgot all decency, and for some time would not hear lord Cora- 1667. bury speak in his own defence.
Page 9 - Judge then what we are to expect, in case we should venture upon any such attempt at this time. It is to me a vain argument, that our enemies are scarce yet well settled, when you consider that fear in some, and ambition in others, have brought them to comply ; and that the Parliament being made up for the most part of Members that formerly run our...
Page 9 - was a man of a clear and ready apprehension, and a quick decision in business. He had too much heat, both of imagination and passion, and was apt to speak very freely both of persons and things. His own notions were always good, but he was a man of great expense, and, in order to the supporting himself, he went into the prevailing counsels at Court, and he changed sides often, with little regard either to religion or to the interests of his country.
Page 5 - OUR guard upon the royal side! On the reverse our beauty's pride ! Here we discern the frown and smile, The force and glory of our isle. In the rich medal, both so like Immortals stand, it seems antique...
Page 9 - The severity of his character, as well as the higher attributes of undaunted and enterprising valour which even his enemies were compelled to admit, lay concealed under an exterior which seemed adapted to the. court or the saloon rather than to the field. The same gentleness and gaiety of expression which reigned in his features seemed to inspire his actions and gestures; and, on the whole, he was generally esteemed, at first sight, rather qualified to be the votary of pleasure than of ambition....
Page 8 - But the person who had the King's confidence to the highest degree was the Earl of Sunderland, who, by his long experience and his knowledge of men and things, had gained an ascendant over him, and had more credit with him than any Englishman ever had.
Page 13 - Portuguese ladies in their monstrous fardingales, or guard-infantes, their complexions olivader * and sufficiently unagreeable. Her Majesty in the same habit, her fore-top long and turned aside very strangely. She was yet of the handsomest countenance of all the rest, and, though low of stature, prettily shaped, languishing and excellent eyes, her teeth wronging her mouth by sticking a little too far out ; for the rest lovely enough.
Page 6 - I have considered the test, and am very desirous of giving obedience as far as I can. I am confident that the parliament never intended to impose contradictory oaths: therefore I think no man can explain it but for himself. Accordingly, I take it as far as it is consistent with itself and the protestant religion.