Letters Written by Eminent Persons in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries: to which are Added, Hearne's Journeys to Reading, and to Whaddon Hall, the Seat of Browne Willis, Esq., and Lives of Eminent Men, by John Aubrey, Esq: The Whole Now First Published from the Originals in the Bodleian Library and Ashmolean Museum, with Biographical and Literary Illustrations ...

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Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, 1813 - English letters
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Page 21 - IT is a hard and nice subject for a man to write of himself; it grates his own heart to say any thing of disparagement, and the reader's ears to hear any thing of praise from him. There is no danger from me of offending him in this kind ; neither my mind, nor my body, nor my fortune, allow me any materials for that vanity. It is sufficient for my own contentment, that they have preserved me from being scandalous, or remarkable on the defective side.
Page 148 - Pr'ythee, lead me in: There take an inventory of all I have, To the last penny ; 'tis the king's : my robe, And my integrity to heaven, is all I dare now call mine own.
Page 188 - England's improvement by sea and land. To out-do the Dutch without fighting, to pay debts without moneys, to set at work all the poor of England with the growth of our own lands. To prevent unnecessary suits in law; with the benefit of a voluntary register.
Page 238 - A Manual of Prayers for the Use of the Scholars of Winchester College and all other Devout Christians.
Page 69 - at the Mount of St Mary's, in the stony stage where I now stand, I have brought you some fine biscuits, baked in the oven of charity, carefully conserved for the chickens of the church, the sparrows of the spirit, and the sweet swallows of salvation.
Page 119 - O most gracious and merciful Lord God, wonderful in Thy Providence, I return all possible thanks to Thee for the care Thou hast always taken of me. I continually meet with most signal instances of this Thy Providence, and one act yesterday, when I unexpectedly met with three old...
Page 143 - He has sounded both religions, and anchored in the best, and is a protestant out of judgment, not faction; not because his country, but his reason is on this side. The ministry is his choice, not refuge, and yet the pulpit not his itch, but fear. His discourse is substance, not all rhetoric, and he utters more things than words.
Page 249 - ... tis needless to ask or exspect the opinion of any inferior person. Mr. Prince told me you wanted some account of the Buckinghamshire shoe in our Bodlejan repository. You have seen it more than once, and heard the account of it. However, for better satisfaction, I shall repeat the story, viz. that the shoe is vastly large, made up of about a thousand patches of leather. It belonged to John Bigg, who was formerly clerk to judge Mayne, one of the judges that gave sentence upon king Charles the first.
Page 30 - Executioner 6 ginnies, and 4 to one Marshall, a servant of Sir T. Armstrong's, that attended him with the King's leave : desiring Marshall to give them the Executioner if he did his work well, and not otherwise. He gave this Marshall overnight his ring and watch ; and now he gave him his case of pickteeth; all for Lady Harriot. Then he laid himself down; and upon the...
Page 143 - A GRAVE DIVINE Is one that knows the burthen of his calling, and hath studied to make his shoulders sufficient; for which he hath not been hasty to launch forth of his port, the university, but expected the ballast of learning, and the wind of opportunity.