The life and times of sir Thomas Gresham

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Page 224 - Queen to go unto his countryhouse to take the ayre, if he found but a book worth the opening, he would rather lose his riding than his reading : and yet, riding in his garden and walks upon his little muile was his greatest desport.
Page 303 - Stow thus describes the introduction of this novelty, which was to change the face of English society: "In the year 1564, Guilliam Boonen, a Dutchman, became the queen's coachman ; and was the first that brought the use of coaches into England.
Page 30 - whither," says Roper, " on a time unlocked for he came to dinner with him ; and after dinner, in a faire garden of his, walked with him by the space of an hower ; holdinge his arme about his necke." But the letter of Sir Richard Gresham which is best known, and has been most often quoted, is that in which he declared his anxiety to erect a Burse or Exchange in Lombard-street, for the convenience of merchants. On this head we shall have more to say hereafter ; but that...
Page 23 - And for this money that ye demand of me, I assure you it is none of mine ; for I borrowed it of divers of my friends to bury me, and to bestow among my servants, who have taken great pains about me, like true and faithful men.
Page 169 - In so moche that all the Court was full of Midwives, Nurses, and Rockers, and this talk continued almost half a year, and was affirmed true by some of her Physicians, and other persons about her, which seemed both grave and credible. Insomuch that divers were punished for saying the contrary.
Page 28 - Profit! only, and not for the Common Utilitie of the Realme, a great Number of Poore, Needy, Syke, and Indugent Persones shall be refreshed, maynteyned, and comforted, and also healed and cured of their...
Page 407 - Secretary ; for in dede it is marvell that wee have so gude orders as wee have, consyderyng what rulers wee have in the sittey of London ; suche a companny that do study for nothyng ells butt for their own profett. As for insampell : consyderyng whatt a sittey London ys, and that in so many yeres they have nott founde the menes to make a Bourse ! but must wallke in the raine, when ytt raineth, more lyker pedlers then marchants ; and in thys countrie, and all other, there is no kynde of pepell that...
Page 26 - Royall, to be the Elected and Chosen Vessel of God, by whom not only the very and true Worde of God, is, and shall be...
Page 237 - I reserve for a subsequent page, however, what is discoverable of his personal history ; there being no evidence, traditional or otherwise, of the events of his early life, except the indubitable fact that in the fervour of youthful zeal, he performed a pilgrimage to Jerusalem, where he was created a knight of the Holy Sepulchre — " though not owning it," says Fuller, " on his return under Queen Elizabeth, who disdained her subjects should accept of such foraign honour.
Page 278 - I am informed continued in existence as lately as the year 1795 ; when, on the erection of the present building, it disappeared from the station which it had so long occupied over the door : its metallic value having probably aroused the cupidity of some of the labourers. But the term banker, when applied to a former age, is so likely to produce misconception, that before proceeding further, it seems advisable to explain it. A banker in early times pursued a very different trade from that which occupies...

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