The British Essayists: The Observer

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J. Johnson, J. Nichols and Son, R. Baldwin, F. and C. Rivington, W. Otridge and Son, W. J. and J. Richardson, A. Strahan, J. Sewell, R. Faulder, G. and W. Nicol, T. Payne, G. and J. Robinson, W. Lowndes, G. Wilkie, J. Mathews, P. McQueen, Ogilvy and Son, J. Scatcherd, J. Walker, Vernor and Hood, R. Lea, Darton and Harvey, J. Nunn, Lackington and Company, D. Walker, Clarke and Son, G. Kearsley, C. Law, J. White, Longman and Rees, Cadell, Jun. and Davies, J. Barker, T. Kay, Wynne and Company, Pote and Company, Carpenter and Company, W. Miller, Murray and Highley, S. Bagster, T. Hurst, T. Boosey, R. Pheney, W. Baynes, J. Harding, R. H. Evans, J. Mawman; and W. Creech, Edinburgh, 1802 - English essays
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Page 138 - L'empire de la femme est un empire de douceur, d'adresse et de complaisance; ses ordres sont des caresses, ses menaces sont des pleurs.
Page 60 - This is, in its nature, a male vice, and made up of many angry and cruel passions that are altogether repugnant to the softness, the modesty, and those other endearing qualities which are natural to the fair sex.
Page 178 - Letter-writing was one of his favourite amusements; and among his correspondents were men of such eminence and talents as well repaid his endeavours to entertain them. One of these, as we have before mentioned, was the justly celebrated Dr.
Page 168 - I am afraid, if we appeal to the feelings of the audience at the conclusion of any of those pieces, we shall not find the effect to be what is here supposed. Othello we rather pity for his jealousy, than hate as a murderer. With Jaffier and his associates we are undoubtedly leagued against the rulers of Venice ; and even the faith and tenderness of Belvidera hardly make us forgive her for betraying her secret. The sentiments of Siffredi, however wise and just, are disregarded where they impeach the...
Page 103 - Sunday after these new-comers' arrival, they appeared in church, where their pew was all carpeted and cushioned over for their reception, so bedizened — there were flowered muslins and gold muslins, white shawls and red shawls, white feathers and red feathers ; and every now and then the young Mushroom girls pulled out little bottles, that sent such a perfume around them. — Nay, my old friend, their father, like a fool as he was, had such a mixture of black...
Page 176 - ... to cultivate; I mean, that great literary property which he acquired by purchasing the copyrights of some of the most celebrated Authors of the time. In this his liberality kept equal pace with his prudence, • and in some cases went perhaps rather beyond it. Never had such rewards been given to the labours of literary men, as now were.
Page 28 - I have seen,' replied the Colonel, ' your young folks have no time for them now-a-days ; their pleasures begin so early, and come so thick,' ' 'Tis the way to make the most of their time.' —
Page 176 - Wotton-Basset, in the same county. In this station, applying himself with that industry which was natural to him, he attended the House with a scrupulous punctuality, and was a useful member. His talents for business acquired the consideration to which they were entitled, and were not unnoticed by the Minister. In his political connections he was constant to the friends to whom he had first been attached.
Page 164 - Even where this passion is purified and refined to its utmost degree, it may be fairly held, that every species of composition, whether narrative or dramatic, which places the only felicity of life in successful love, is unfavourable to the strength and purity of a young mind.
Page 167 - Here then tragedy adds to the list of our calamities, without increasing the catalogue of our virtues. As tragedy thus dignifies the distresses, so it elevates the actions, of its personages, their virtues, and their vices. But this removes virtue at a greater distance from us, and brings vice nearer : it exalts the first to a point beyond our imitation, and ennobles the latter to a degree above our abhorrence.

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