Memoirs of extraordinary popular delusions and the madness of crowds. 2 vols. [in 1].

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Page 66 - The other shape, If shape it might be call'd that shape had none Distinguishable in member, joint, or limb ; Or substance might be call'd that shadow seem'd, For each seem'd either: black it stood as night, Fierce as ten furies, terrible as Hell, And shook a dreadful dart ; what seem'd his head The likeness of a kingly crown had on.
Page viii - Money, again, has often been a cause of the delusion of multitudes. Sober nations have all at once become desperate gamblers, and risked almost their existence upon the turn of a piece of paper.
Page 53 - A company for carrying on an undertaking of great advantage, but nobody to know what it is.
Page vii - IN reading the history of nations, we find that, like individuals, they have their whims and their peculiarities ; their seasons of excitement and recklessness, when they care not what they do. We find that whole communities suddenly fix their minds upon one object, and go mad in its pursuit ; that millions of people become simultaneously impressed with one delusion, and run after it, till their attention is caught by some new folly more captivating than the first.
Page 72 - ... which had been annihilated. While this affair was in agitation, petitions from counties, cities, and boroughs, in all parts of the kingdom, were presented to the house, crying for justice against the villany of the directors. Pamphlets and papers were daily published on the same subject ; so that the whole nation was exasperated to the highest pitch of resentment.
Page 71 - This question occasioned an animated debate. It was finally agreed, by a majority of 259 against 117, that all these contracts should remain in their present state, unless altered for the relief of the proprietors by a general court of the South-Sea company, or set aside by due course of law.
Page 17 - Hotel de Soissons, whither he had gone to buy shares in the Mississippi, whom should he see but his friend La Motte entering for the same purpose. "Ha!" said the abbe smiling, "is that you?
Page 54 - Permits." The possessors enjoyed no other advantage from them than permission to subscribe, at some future time, to a new sail-cloth manufactory, projected by one who was then known to be a man of fortune, but who was afterwards involved in the peculation and punishment of the South Sea directors.
Page 53 - ... of the subscription. Next morning, at nine o'clock, this great man opened an office in Cornhill. Crowds of people beset his door, and when he shut up at three o'clock, he found that no less than one thousand shares had been subscribed for, and the deposits paid. He was thus, in five hours, the winner of 2,000/. He was philosopher enough to be contented with his venture, and set off the same evening for the Continent. He was never heard of again.
Page 74 - At length Corruption, like a gen'ral flood, "(So long by watchful Ministers withstood) "Shall deluge all; and Av'rice creeping on, "Spread like a low-born mist, and blot the Sun; "Statesman and Patriot ply alike the stocks, "Peeress and Butler share alike the Box, "And Judges job, and Bishops bite the town, "And mighty Dukes pack cards for half a crown. "See Britain sunk in lucre's sordid charms, "And France revenged of ANNE'S and EDWARD'S arms!

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