Memoirs of the Life and Writings of Edward Gibbon, Esq, Volumen2

Whittaker, Treacher, and Arnot, 1827

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Página 101 - The Curchod (Madame Necker) I saw at Paris. She was very fond of me, and the husband particularly civil. Could they insult me more cruelly ! Ask me every evening to supper ; go to bed, and leave me alone with his wife — what an impertinent security ! it is making an old lover of mighty little consequence.
Página 176 - For who, to dumb forgetfulness a prey, This pleasing, anxious being e'er resigned, Left the warm precincts of the cheerful day, Nor cast one longing, lingering look behind...
Página 215 - Our danger is at an end, but our disgrace will be lasting, and the month of June 1780, will ever be marked by a dark and diabolical fanaticism, which I had supposed to be extinct, but which actually subsists in Great Britain, perhaps beyond any other country in Europe.
Página 309 - ... who would please me in different ways, and by various merits : one as a mistress (a widow, vastly like the Eliza : if she returns I am to bring them together) ; a second, a lively entertaining acquaintance ; a third, a sincere good-natured friend ; a fourth, who would represent with grace and dignity at the head of my table and family ; a fifth, an excellent economist and housekeeper ; and a sixth, a very useful nurse. Could I find all these qualities united in a single person, I should dare...
Página 333 - Were I ambitious of any other Patron than the Public, I would inscribe this work to a Statesman, who, in a long, a stormy, and at length an unfortunate administration, had many political opponents, almost without a personal enemy; who has retained, in his fall from power, many faithful and disinterested friends; and who, under the pressure of severe infirmity, enjoys the lively vigor of his mind, and the felicity of his incomparable temper.
Página 178 - Watson, that, as their different sentiments on a very important period of history are now submitted to the public, they both may employ their time in a manner much more useful, as well as agreeable, than they could possibly do by exhibiting a single combat in the amphitheatre of controversy. Mr. Gibbon is therefore determined to resist the temptation of justifying, in a professed reply, any passages of his History which might perhaps be easily cleared from censure and misapprehension ; but he still...
Página 149 - I received from a man who might tell me a lie, but who could not be mistaken, that no arts, no management whatsoever have been used to procure the addresses which fill the Gazette, and that Lord North was as much surprised at the first that came up, as we could be at Sheffield.
Página 87 - I soon perceived how little a mere virtuous inclination, unassisted by talents, could contribute towards that great end ; and a very short examination discovered to me, that those talents had not fallen to my lot. Do not, dear sir, impute this declaration to a false modesty, the meanest species of pride. Whatever else I may be ignorant of, I think I know myself, and shall always endeavour to mention my good qualities without vanity, and my defects without repugnance. I shall say nothing of the most...
Página 13 - But in this rage against slavery, in the numerous petitions against the slave trade, was there no leaven of new democratical principles ? no wild ideas of the rights and natural equality of man ? It is these I fear. Some articles in newspapers, some pamphlets of the year, the Jockey Club, have fallen into my hands. I do not infer much from such publications; yet I have never known them of so black and malignant a cast. I shuddered at Grey's motion ; disliked the half-support of Fox, admired the firmness...
Página 192 - What a wretched piece of work do we seem to be making of it in America ! The greatest force which any European power ever ventured to transport into that continent, is not strong enough even to attack the enemy ; the naval strength of Great Britain is not sufficient to prevent VOL. ir. P the the Americans (they have almost lost the appellation of rebels...

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