Memoirs of the chief incidents of the public life of Sir George Thomas Staunton, Bart., hon. D.C.L. of Oxford: one of the King's commissioners to the Court of Pekin, and afterwards for some time member of Parliament for South Hampshire, and for the Borough of Portsmouth. Printed for private circulation

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Page 183 - We know, and what is better, we feel inwardly, that religion is the basis of civil society, and the source of all good and of all comfort.
Page 186 - My own introduction to the University of Oxford forms a new era in my life, and at the distance of forty years I still remember my first emotions of surprise and satisfaction. In my fifteenth year I felt myself suddenly raised from a boy to a man : the persons whom I respected as my superiors in age and academical rank entertained me with every mark of attention and civility; and my vanity was flattered by the velvet cap and silk gown which distinguish a gentleman commoner from a plebeian student.
Page 184 - ... establishment should want a revision, it is not avarice or rapacity, public or private, that we shall employ for the audit, or receipt, or application of its consecrated revenue. Violently condemning neither the Greek nor the Armenian, nor, since heats are subsided, the Roman system of religion, we prefer the Protestant, not because we think it has less of the Christian religion in it, but because, in our judgment, it has more. We are Protestants, not from indifference but from zeal.
Page 186 - I never handled a gun, I seldom mounted a horse ; and my philosophic walks were soon terminated by a shady bench, where I was long detained by the sedentary amusement of reading or meditation.
Page 185 - My lot might have been that of a slave, a savage, or a peasant ; nor can I reflect without pleasure on the bounty of Nature, which cast my birth in a free and civilized country, in an age of science and philosophy, in a family of honourable rank, and decently endowed with the gifts of fortune.
Page 229 - Seaou-sze, or lesser sacrifices. Under the first head are worshipped the Heaven and the Earth. In this manner they would seem to adore the material and visible heaven, as contrasted with the earth ; but they at the same time appear to consider that there exists an animating intelligence which presides over the world, rewarding virtue and punishing vice. Tien and Shang-ty, " the supreme ruler," appear always to be synonymous in the Shoo-king.
Page 186 - But every man who rises above the common level has received two educations : the first from his teachers ; the second, more personal and important, from himself.
Page 211 - ... of the Earl of Clarendon, several scholarships have been conferred upon these students of King's College who have obtained certificates of their proficiency in the Chinese language. III. The following is the return sent to Parliament on the death of the late John Robert Morrison: — " Return to an Address of the House of Commons for Copies or Extracts of all Despatches or Communications that may have been received from China, having any reference to the services or to the decease of the late...
Page 186 - I had not been endowed by art or nature with those happy gifts of confidence and address which unlock every door and every bosom, nor would it be reasonable to complain of the just consequences of my sickly childhood, foreign education, and reserved temper. While coaches were rattling through Bond Street, I have passed many a solitary evening in my lodging with my books.
Page 10 - Embassador's page, a boy then in his thirteenth year, had alone made some proficiency in it, the Emperor had the curiosity to have the youth brought up to the throne, and desired him to speak Chinese. Either what he said, or his modest countenance, or manner, was so pleasing to his Imperial Majesty...

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