A Biographical History of England: From Egbert the Great to the Revolution: Consisting of Characters Disposed in Different Classes, and Adapted to a Methodical Catalogue of Engraved British Heads: Intended as an Essay Towards Reducing Our Biography to System, and a Help to the Knowledge of Portraits: Interspersed with a Variety of Anecdotes, and Memoirs of a Great Number of Persons ... With a Preface ...

W. Baynes and Son, 1824

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Side 58 - ... till at length the head of the College came out to him from an inner room, with half a dozen night-caps upon his head and religious horror in his countenance. The young man trembled ; but his fears increased when, instead of being asked what progress he had made in learning, he was examined how he abounded in grace.
Side 58 - He was received at the door by a servant, who was one of that gloomy generation that were then in fashion. He conducted him, with great silence and seriousness, to a long gallery which was darkened at noon-day, and had only a single candle burning in it. After a short stay in this melancholy apartment, he was led into a chamber hung with black, where he entertained himself for some time by the glimmering of a taper, till at length the head of the college came out to him, from an inner room, with...
Side 293 - Fodinae regales; or the history laws and places of the chief mines and mineral works in England and Wales.
Side 113 - I have, sir, neither eyes to see, nor tongue to speak, in this place, but as the House is pleased to direct me, whose servant I am. And I humbly ask pardon, that I cannot give any other answer to what your majesty is pleased to demand of me.
Side 346 - WORKS. --Musick's Monument ; or, a Remembrancer of the Best Practical Musick, both Divine and Civil, that has ever been known to have been in the World.
Side 300 - THE TRUE ENGLISH INTEREST: or, An Account of the Chief National Improvements; in some Political Observations, Demonstrating an Infallible Advance of this Nation to Infinite Wealth and Greatness, Trade and Populacy, with Imployment, and Preferment of all Persons.
Side 254 - When love was all an easy Monarch's care; Seldom at council, never in a war: Jilts rul'd the state, and statesmen farces writ; Nay, wits had pensions, and young Lords had wit: The Fair sat panting at a Courtier's play, And not a Mask went unimprov'd away: The modest fan was lifted up no more, And Virgins smil'd at what they blush'd before.
Side 121 - I have read somewhere of an eastern king, who put a judge to death for an iniquitous sentence, and ordered his hide to be stuffed into a cushion, and placed upon the tribunal for the son to sit on, who was preferred to his father's office. I fancy, such a memorial might not have been unuseful to a son of Sir William Scroggs, and that both he and his successors would often wriggle in their seats, as long as the cushion lasted.
Side 108 - In his conversation he was modest, and of very few words. He was wont to say he would not drink high or freely with any one with whom he could not trust his life.
Side 292 - Garden, which he made to resemble the common picture of Dragons, by altering its head and tail, and thrusting in taper sharp sticks, which distended the skin on each side, till it mimicked wings. He let it dry as hard as possible. The learned immediately pronounced it a Dragon ; and one of them sent an accurate description of it to Dr.