The Percy Anecdotes: Original and Select [by] Sholto and Reuben Percy, Brothers of the Benedictine Monastery, Mont Benger, Volume 10

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T. Boys, 1826 - Anecdotes
 

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Page 65 - The next observed that the word 'makes' might as well be omitted, because his customers would not care who made the hats. If good and to their mind they would buy, by whomsoever made. He struck it out. A third said he thought the words 'for ready money' were useless, as it was not the custom of the place to sell on credit.
Page 64 - The first he showed it to, thought the word hatter tautologous, because followed by the words makes hats, which showed he was a hatter. It was struck out. The next observed, that the word makes might as well be omitted, because his customers would not care who made the hats ; if good and to their mind, they would buy, by whomsoever made. He struck it out. A third said he thought the words for ready money were useless, as it was not the custom of the place to sell on credit.
Page 176 - Were I so tall to reach the pole, Or mete the ocean with my span, I must be measur'd by my soul; The mind's the standard of the man.
Page 20 - ... with brick lay some terriers and the choicest hounds and spaniels; seldom but two of the great chairs had litters of young cats in them which were not to be disturbed, he having always three or four attending him at dinner, and a little white round stick of fourteen inches long lying by his trencher that he might defend such meat as he had no mind to part with to them.
Page 20 - ... and huntsmen's poles in abundance. The parlour was a large long room, as properly furnished ; on a great hearth paved with brick lay some terriers and the choicest hounds and spaniels ; seldom but two of the great chairs had litters of young cats in them, which were not to be disturbed, he having always three or four attending him at dinner, and a little white...
Page 95 - Behold a proof of Irish sense : Here Irish wit is seen : When nothing's left that's worth defence, They build a magazine ! " t Besides these famous books of Scott's and Johnson's, there is a copious "Life
Page 19 - This last supplied him with red deer, sea and river fish; and indeed all his neighbours' grounds and royalties were free to him, who bestowed all his time in such sports, but what he borrowed to caress his neighbours' wives and daughters, there being not a woman in all his walks of the degree of a yeoman's wife or under, and under the age of forty, but it was extremely her fault if he were not intimately acquainted with her.
Page 101 - Breakfast over, the party resumed their seats in the coach ; soon after which Sheridan turned the discourse to the law. "It is," said he, "a fine profession. Men may rise from it to the highest eminence in the state ; and it gives vast scope to the display of talent : many of the most virtuous and noble characters recorded in our history have been lawyers. I am sorry, however, to add, that some of the greatest rascals have also been lawyers ; but of all the rascals of lawyers I ever heard of, the...
Page 15 - Twenty-one years," answered the soldier. The King, struck with his youth, which plainly indicated that he had not borne a musket so long as that, said to him, much astonished, " How old are you ?" — " One year, an't please your Majesty.
Page 23 - I made a fine hay-stack; but quarreled with my wife as to the manner of drying the hay, and building the stack. The hay-stack took fire; by which I had the double mortification of losing my hay, and finding my wife had more sense than myself. I kept no plough; for which I thank my Maker; because then I must have wrote this letter from a gaol.

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