A Biographical History of England: From Egbert the Great to the Revolution: Consisting of Characters Disposed in Different Classes, and Adapted to a Methodical Catalogue of Engraved British Heads: Intended as an Essay Towards Reducing Our Biography to System, and a Help to the Knowledge of Portraits: Interspersed with a Variety of Anecdotes, and Memoirs of a Great Number of Persons ... With a Preface ...

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W. Baynes and Son, 1824 - Great Britain
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Page 78 - Knight of the most ancient and most noble Order of the Thistle, and...
Page 148 - Betterton spoke be as easily known as what he spoke; then might you see the Muse of Shakespear in her Triumph, with all her Beauties in their best Array, rising into real Life, and charming her Beholders. But alas! since all this is so far out of the reach of Description, how shall I shew you Betterton?
Page 124 - a man of great notions and eminent virtues ; the best speaker in the house of commons, and capable of bearing the chief ministry, as it was once thought he was very near it, and deserved it more than all the rest did.
Page 164 - He bears the gallantries of his lady with the indifference of a Stoic, and thinks them well recompensed by a return of children to support his family, without the fatigues of being a father.
Page 102 - White, with a great deal of presence of mind, said, " May it please your Highness, I have a long time courted that young gentlewoman there, my lady's woman, and cannot prevail ; I was, therefore, humbly praying her ladyship to intercede for me.
Page 147 - Pity it is, that the momentary beauties flowing from an harmonious elocution, cannot like those of poetry be their own record! That the animated graces of the player can live no longer than the instant breath and motion that presents them; or at best can but faintly glimmer through the memory, or imperfect attestation of a few surviving spectators.
Page 85 - James discoursing with him on some tender point, was so little pleased with his answers, that he told him, ( He talked more like a colonel than a bishop.' To which he replied, ' that his Majesty did him honour in taking notice of his having formerly drawn his sword in defence of the constitution ; and that he should do the same again, if he lived to see it necessary.
Page 138 - Had Wesley never aim'd in verse to please, We had not rank'd him with our Ogilbys. Still censures will on dull pretenders fall, A Codrus should expect a Juvenal.
Page 34 - Unraised, unrounded, were the rude delight Of brutal nations, only born to fight. Long time the Sister Arts, in iron sleep, A heavy sabbath did supinely keep ; At length, in Raphael's age, at once they rise, Stretch all their limbs, and open all their eyes.
Page 147 - Betterton was an actor, as Shakspeare was an author, both without competitors, formed for the mutual assistance and illustration of each other's genius ! How Shakspeare wrote, all men who have a. taste for na'ture may read and know ; but with what...