The Life of the Late John Elwes: Esquire; Member in Three Successive Parliaments for Berkshire. First Published in the Paper of The World. ... by Edward Topham, ...

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John Jarvis, 1791 - 111 pages
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Page 84 - Extracted from the Registry of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury. IN the Name of God. Amen. I...
Page 86 - ... mind and memory, do make and publish this my last will and testament, hereby revoking all former wills by me at any time heretofore made.
Page 16 - And for fifteen years previous to this period, it was, that he was known in the fafhionable circles of London. He had always a turn for play, and it was only late in life, and from paying always, and not always being paid, that he conceived difguft at the inclination.
Page 75 - To save fire, he would walk about the remains of an old green-house, or sit with a servant in the kitchen. During the harvest he would amuse himself with going into the fields to glean the corn, on the grounds of his own tenants; and they used to leave a little more than common to please the old gentleman, who was as eager after it as any pauper in the parish.
Page 19 - ... wax lights, and waiters attendant on his call, he would walk out about four in the morning, not towards home, but into Smithfield, to meet his own cattle, which were coming to market from Haydon Hall, a farm of his in Essex.
Page 11 - L which they had not asked for, and said, ' gentlemen, I do not want to take any of you, therefore, upon my honour, I will give you twenty minutes for your escape : after that time, nothing shall prevent me from seeing how my servant does.
Page 29 - Nature, which sets limits to the ocean, forbade, perhaps, this monstrous inundation of property; and as Mr. Elwes knew almost nothing of accounts, and never reduced his affairs to writing, he was obliged, in the disposal of his money, to trust much to memory; to the suggestions of other people still more.
Page 12 - As they were one day settling this difficult point, an odd fellow, who was a member, called out to a friend who was passing — " For heaven's sake step up stairs and assist the poor ! here are three baronets worth a million of money quarreling about a farthing.
Page 84 - Forest ; and an old man and woman, his tenants, •were the only persons with whom he could hold any converse. Here he fell ill ; and as he would have no...
Page 46 - Elwes ; on the contrary, it seemed, at this time, to have attained additional meanness— and nearly to have reached that happy climax of poverty, which has, more than once, drawn on him the compassion of those who passed by him in the street.

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