Lives of illustrious ... Irishmen, ed. by J. Wills


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Página 351 - ... as to endeavour by soft words to smooth any rugged humour occasioned by the cross accidents 'of life ? shall the place wherever your husband is thrown, be more welcome than courts or cities without him ? In short, these are some of the necessary methods to please men, who, like me, are deep-read in the world ; and to a person thus made, I should be proud in giving all due returns towards making her happy. These are the questions I have always resolved to propose to her with whom I meant to pass...
Página 372 - Thorold to undertake with my lord-treasurer, that, according to his petition, he should obtain a salary of ^200 per annum, as minister of the English church at Rotterdam. He stopped F. Gwynne, Esq., going in with the red bag to the Queen, and told him aloud he had something to say to him from my lord-treasurer.
Página 303 - Britain; and that the King's Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Lords spiritual and temporal and Commons of Great Britain in Parliament assembled, had, hath and of right ought to have, full power and authority to make laws and statutes of sufficient force and validity to bind the colonies and people of America, subjects of the Crown of Great Britain in all cases whatsoever.
Página 437 - The death of Mr. Gay and the Doctor, have been terrible wounds near my heart. Their living would have been a great comfort to me, although I should never have seen them ; like a sum of money in a bank, from which I should receive at least annual interest, as I do from you, and have done from my Lord Bolingbroke.
Página 372 - How can I help it,' said the doctor, ' if the courtiers give me a watch that won't go right.' Then he instructed a young nobleman that the best poet in England was Mr Pope (a Papist), who had begun a translation of Homer into English verse, for which he must have them all subscribe ; for, says he, ' the author shall not begin to print till I have a thousand guineas for him.
Página 383 - I do not know whether it will yet be done; some unlucky accident may yet come. Neither can I feel joy at passing my days in Ireland, and, I confess, I thought the ministry would not let me go; but perhaps they can't help it.
Página 364 - ... to inform his loving countrymen, that Squire Bickerstaff was a sham name, assumed by a lying, impudent fellow, and that, " blessed be God, John Partridge was still living, and in health, and all were knaves who reported otherwise."* This round denial did not save him from further persecution.
Página 364 - I have now lost my barrier between me and death ; God grant I may live to be as well prepared for it, as I confidently believe her to have been ! If the way to Heaven be through piety, truth, justice, and charity, she is there.
Página 256 - If you do but see a maiden carried to her grave a little before her intended marriage, or an infant die before the birth of reason, nature hath taught us to pay a tributary tear." Alas ! your eyes will behold the ruin of many families, which, though they sadly have deserved, yet mercy is not delighted with the spectacle ; and therefore God places a watery cloud in the eye, that when the light of heaven shines upon it, it may produce a rainbow to be a sacrament, and a memorial, that God and the sons...
Página 405 - If you continue to treat me as you do, you will not be made uneasy by me long. It is impossible to describe what I have suffered since I saw you last : I am sure I could have borne the rack much better than those killing, killing words of yours. Sometimes I have resolved to die without seeing you more ; but those resolves, to your misfortune, did not last long...

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