Private Correspondence of Sarah, Duchess of Marlborough: Illustrative of the Court and Times of Queen Anne; with Her Sketches and Opinions of Her Contemporaries, and the Select Correspondence of Her Husband, John, Duke of Marlborough, Volume 2
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Page 194 - tis all a cheat, Yet, fooled with hope, men favour the deceit ; Trust on, and think to-morrow will repay ; To-morrow's falser than the former day ; Lies worse ; and, while it says we shall be blest With some new joys, cuts off what we possest.
Page 195 - All his talents lie in things only natural in boys of fifteen years old, and he is about two and fifty ; to get people into his garden and wet them with squirts, and to invite people to his country houses, and put things into their beds to make them itch, and twenty such pretty fancies like these.* 1741-2.
Page 120 - Upon which account it was a sort of unhappiness to her that she naturally loved to have a great crowd come to her ; for when they were come to Court, she never cared to have them come in to her nor to go out herself to them, having little to say to them but that it was either hot or cold, and little to enquire of them, but how long they had been in town or the like weighty matters.
Page 207 - I understand to be horses, so extremely polite, and which had all manner of good conversation, good principles, and that never told a lie, and charmed him so, that he could not endure his own country when he returned. He says, there is a sort of creature there called Yahoos, and of the same species with us, only a good deal uglier ; but they are kept tied up, and by that glorious creature the horse are not permitted to do any mischief. — I really have not been pleased so much a long time as with...
Page 194 - Strange cozenage ! None would live past years again, Yet all hope pleasure in what yet remain ; And, from the dregs of life, think to receive, What the first sprightly running could not give. I'm tired with waiting for this chemic gold, Which fools us young, and beggars us when old.
Page 187 - His daily food was a small quantity of asses' milk and a flour biscuit. Once a week he indulged himself with eating an apple ; he used emetics daily. Mr. Pope and he were once friends ; but they quarrelled, and persecuted each other with virulent satire. Pope, knowing the abstemious regimen which Lord Hervey observed, was so ungenerous as to call him a mere cheese-curd of asses
Page 207 - I could not help wishing that we had had his assistance in the opposition ; for I could easily forgive him all the slaps he has given me and the Duke of Marlborough, and have thanked him heartily whenever he would please to do good. I never saw him in my life ; and though his writings have entertained me very much, yet I see he writes sometimes for interest ; for in his books he gives my Lord Oxford as great a character as if he was speaking of Socrates or Marcus Antoninus. But when I am dead, the...
Page 164 - Anne was extremely well-bred : she treated her chief ladies and servants as if they had been her equals, and she never refused to give charity, when there was the least reason for any body to ask it.
Page 213 - Prince said all the respectful and dutiful things imaginable to her and the King ; desiring her Majesty to support the reasons which made him go away as he did without acquainting his Majesty with it : and, I believe, all human creatures will allow that this was natural for a man not to debate a thing of this kind, nor to lose a minute's time in ceremony, whieh was very useless, considering that it is a great while since the King has spoke to him, or taken the least notice of him.