The life of Edward earl of Clarendon, written by himself

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1761/ 3 vols/ np/ 220

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Page 36 - ... of his father. He was a man of a very extraordinary person and presence, which drew the eyes of all men upon him; which were more fixed by a wonderful graceful behaviour, a flowing courtesy and civility, and such a volubility of language, as surprised and delighted...
Page 32 - English language in eloquence, propriety, and masculine expressions, so he was the best judge of, and fittest to prescribe rules to poetry and poets, of any man, who had lived with, or before him, or since: if Mr.
Page 34 - John Vaughan was then a student of the law in the Inner Temple, but at that time indulged more to the politer learning; and was in truth a man of great parts of nature, and very well adorned by arts and books, and so much cherished by Mr. Selden, that he grew to be of entire trust and friendship with him, and to that owed the best part of his reputation; for he was of so magisterial and supercilious a humour, so proud and insolent a behaviour, that all Mr.
Page 62 - ... did afterwards bow their knees to Baal, and so swerved from their allegiance, it was with less rancour and malice than other men : they never led, but followed ; and were rather carried away with the torrent, than swam with the stream ; and failed through those infirmities, which less than a general defection and a prosperous rebellion could never have discovered.
Page 109 - ... it to any man, and before his secretary should write it out. Mr. Hyde told him, that he writ a very ill hand, which would give his majesty too much trouble to transcribe himself; and that he had so much friendship with secretary Nicholas, that he was well contented he...
Page 50 - There needs no more be said to extol the excellence and power of his wit, and pleasantness of his conversation, than that it was of magnitude enough to cover a world of very great faults ; that is, so to cover them, that they were not taken notice of to his reproach, viz.
Page 57 - ... subtilty of understanding, and so rare a temper in debate, that, as it was impossible to provoke him into any passion, so it was very difficult to keep a man's self from being a little discomposed by his sharpness and quickness of argument, and instances, in which he had a rare facility, and a great advantage over all the men I ever knew.
Page 60 - Proceedings He perfectly abhorred) did in Truth intend to involve the Nation in a Civil War, till after the Battle of Edgehill...
Page 81 - Enclosure ; against which, as well the inhabitants of other manors, who claimed Common in those wastes, as the Queen's tenants of the same, made loud complaints, as a great oppression, carried upon them with a very high hand, and supported by power.
Page 33 - His style in all his writings seems harsh and sometimes obscure, which is not wholly to be imputed to the abstruse subjects of which he commonly treated, out of the paths trod by other men, but to a little undervaluing the beauty of a...

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