The general biographical dictionary. Revised by A. Chalmers

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Page 153 - Parliament by the time limited in the former qualifications, and shall take and subscribe the engagement, to be true and faithful to the Commonwealth of England...
Page 159 - His great ,pleasure was to talk to those who looked up to him. It was here he exhibited his wonderful powers. In mixed company, and frequently . in company that ought to have looked up to him, many, thinking they had a character for learning to support, considered it as beneath them to enlist in the train of his auditors ; and to such persons he certainly did not appear to advantage, being often impetuous and overbearing. The desire of shining in conversation was in him indeed a predominant passion;...
Page 216 - She then, after making use of much harsh language, parted from him, with these words, " My lord, for your civility in coming to see me, I thank you ; but for your offering to preach before me, I thank you not a whit.
Page 159 - Whatever merit they have, must be imputed, in a great measure, to the education which I may be said to have had under Dr. Johnson. I do not mean to say, though it certainly would be to the credit of these Discourses, if I could say it with truth, that he contributed even a single sentiment to them ; but he qualified my mind to think justly. No man had, like him, the faculty of teaching inferior minds the art of thinking.
Page 217 - Be of good heart, brother, for God will either assuage the fury of the flame, or else strengthen us to abide it.
Page 160 - He is always the same man ; the same philosophical, the same artist-like critic, the same sagacious observer, with the same minuteness, without the smallest degree of trifling.
Page 489 - Queen) were willing to record them in their royal patent, to remain in the family as a monument consecrated to his consummate virtue, whose name could never be forgot, so long as men preserved any esteem for sanctity of manners, greatness of mind, and a love of their country, constant even to death.
Page 216 - And as for your new books, I thank God I never read any of them: I never did, nor ever will do.
Page 263 - ... scene in which he acted. On one occasion, (when the capital of Scotland was in danger of falling into the hands of the rebels) the state of public affairs appeared so critical, that he thought himself justified in laying aside, for a time, the pacific habits of his profession, and in quitting his parochial residence at Gladsmuir, to join the volunteers of Edinburgh : and when, at last, it was determined that the city should be surrendered...
Page 269 - THE ANCIENTS HAD OF INDIA ; and the Progress of Trade with that Country prior to the Discovery of the Passage to it by the Cape of Good Hope.

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