Memoirs of Doctor Burney, Volume 1

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Page 204 - If in my heart the love of Virtue glows, 'Twas planted there by an unerring rule ; From thy example the pure flame arose, Thy life, my precept, — thy good works, my school.
Page 173 - Though secure of our hearts, yet confoundedly sick If they were not his own by finessing and trick: He cast off his friends, as a huntsman his pack, For he knew when he pleased he could whistle them back.
Page 254 - Take now a specimen of Madame D'Arblay's later style. This is the way in which she tells us that her father, on his journey back from the Continent, caught die rheumatism. ' " He was assaulted, during his precipitated return, by the rudest fierceness of wintry elemental strife ; through which, with bad accommodations and innumerable accidents, he became a prey to the merciless pangs of the acutest spasmodic rheumatism, which barely suffered him to reach his home, ere, long and pitcously, it confined...
Page xi - ... lived than myself; ascending from those of the most humble cottagers, and lowest mechanics, to the first nobility, and most elevated personages, with whom circumstances, situation, and accident, at different periods of my life, have rendered me familiar. Oppressed and laborious husbandmen; insolent and illiberal yeomanry; overgrown farmers ; generous and hospitable merchants ; men of business and men of pleasure; men of letters ; men of science ; artists; sportsmen and country squires; dissipated...
Page 59 - Macartney,* or, as the lady's father expressed it, ' to take a wife out of the window whom he might just as well have taken out of the door,' Burney was employed to give the bride away.
Page 64 - ... sight. But she had other qualities besides those which shine in ball-rooms : — With no advantage save the simple one of early learning, or rather imbibing, the French language, from her maternal grandfather who was a native of France, but had been forced from his country by the Edict of Nantes, this gifted young creature was one of the most pleasing, well-mannered, well-read, elegant, and even cultivated of her sex.
Page 314 - I had the honour of receiving the illustrious Captain Cook to dine with me in Queen's Square [Bloomsbury] previously to his second voyage round the world. Observing upon a table, Bougainville's Voyage Autour du Monde, he turned it over, and made some curious remarks on the illiberal conduct of that circumnavigator towards himself when they met and crossed each other; which made me desirous to know, in examining the chart of M. de Bougainville, the several tracks of the two navigators, and exactly...
Page 136 - Burney, then, held successively for neighbours, the Duke of Chandos, Lady Augusta Bridges, the Hon. John Smith and the Miss Barrys, Sir Willoughby and the Miss Astons; and, well noted by Mr Burney's little family, on the visit of his black majesty to England, sojourned almost immediately opposite to it, the Cherokee King.
Page 314 - ... circumnavigator towards himself when they met and crossed each other; which made me desirous to know, in examining the chart of M. de Bougainville, the several tracks of the two navigators, and exactly where they had crossed or approached each other. "Captain Cook...

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