The history of Tiverton, in the county of Devon, Volume 1

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Page 102 - Scotland ; and in foreign service, for a stipulated price, they sometimes maintained fourscore men at arms and as many archers. By sea and land they fought under the standard of the Edwards and Henries; their names are conspicuous in battles, in tournaments, and in the original list of the order of the Garter; three brothers shared the Spanish victory of the Black Prince ; and in the lapse of six generations the English Courtenays had learned to despise the nation and country from which they derived...
Page 116 - s in Peter Street, and old parson T 's at the meeting in Newport Street, — four ways of going to heaven already ; enough in conscience ; and if the people won't go to heaven by one or other of these ways, by they shan't go to heaven at all herefrom, while I am mayor of Tiverton."1 Leaving the religious town of Tiverton, Wesley and his wife went to Taunton, where a mob of
Page 84 - God obliges us to protect the Protestant religion, and our love to mankind, your liberties and properties. We expected you, that dwelt so near the place of our landing, would have joined us sooner ; not that it is now too late, nor that we want your military assistance so much as your countenance, and presence, to justify our declared pretensions, rather than accomplish our good and gracious designs.
Page 103 - While they sigh for past greatness, they are doubtless sensible of present blessings : in the long series of the Courtenay annals, the most splendid sera is likewise the most unfortunate ; nor can an opulent peer of Britain be inclined to envy the emperors of Constantinople, who wandered over Europe to solicit alms for the support of their dignity and the defence of their capital.
Page 102 - But the favour of Henry was the prelude of disgrace; his disgrace was the signal of death ; and of the victims of the jealous tyrant, the marquis of Exeter is one of the most noble and guiltless.
Page 40 - NB This abbot had very little of the spirit of a religious man. He was passionately fond of field sports, was very conceited and foppish in his dress, and a most incurable spendthrift. During his government discipline seems to have been banished from the convent. Frequently but two of the community were present at the regular meals in the refectory, whilst the rest were feasting sumptuously in their private chambers. From the neglect of repairs the monastery was falling into a dilapidated state,...
Page 31 - Thames in the spring, and in other rivers the beginning of summer, from the circumstance that it was calculated by two observers of the progress of the young eels at Kingston in 1832, that from sixteen to eighteen hundred passed a given point in the space of one minute of time.
Page 85 - Though we have brought both a good fleet, and a good army, to render these kingdoms happy, by rescuing all Protestants from Popery, slavery, and arbitrary power ; by restoring them to their rights and properties established by law, and by promoting of peace and trade, which is the soul of government, and the very life-blood of a nation ; yet we rely more on the goodness of God and the justice of our cause, than on any human force and power whatever. Yet, since God is pleased we...
Page 103 - ... as if they had been legally extinct, were revived by the patents of succeeding princes. But there still survived a lineal descendant of Hugh, the first earl of Devon, a younger branch of the Courtenays, who have been seated at Powderham Castle above four hundred years from the reign of Edward the Third to the present hour.

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