From 1772 to 1780

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Page 531 - Who then shall grace, or who improve the soil? Who plants like Bathurst, or who builds like Boyle.
Page 320 - Bloomsbury-square ; attracted to that spot by a rumour generally spread, that lord Mansfield's residence, situate at the north-east corner, was either already burnt, or destined for destruction. Hart street, and Great Russell street, presented, each, to the view as we passed, large fires composed of furniture taken from the houses of magistrates, or other obnoxious individuals.
Page 403 - Secluded from the world, attached from his infancy .to one set of persons, and one set of ideas, he can neither open his heart to new connexions, nor his mind to better information. A character of this sort, is the soil fittest to produce that obstinate bigotry in politics and religion, which begins with a meritorious sacrifice of the understanding, and finally conducts the monarch and the martyr to the block.
Page 387 - he was shy and backward ; not a wild dissipated boy, but good-natured and cheerful, with a serious cast upon the whole ; that those about him knew him no more than if they had never seen him. That he was not quick ; but with those lie was acquainted with, applicable and intelligent.
Page 95 - Curst be the verse, how well soe'er it flow, That tends to make one worthy man my foe, Give virtue scandal, innocence a fear, Or from the soft-eyed virgin steal a tear...
Page 324 - Prison completely wrapt in flames. It exhibited a sublime sight, and we might be said there to stand in a central point, from whence London offered on every side, before, as well as behind us, the picture of a city sacked and abandoned to a ferocious enemy. The shouts of the populace, the cries of women, the crackling of the fires, the blaze reflected in the stream of the Thames, and the irregular firing which was kept up both in St. George's Fields, as well as towards the quarter of the mansion-house,...
Page 442 - If, by the immediate interposition of Providence, it were possible for us to escape a crisis so full of terror and despair, posterity will not believe the history of the present times. They will either conclude that our distresses were imaginary, or that we had the good fortune to be governed by men of acknowledged integrity and wisdom: they will not believe it possible that their ancestors could have survived, or recovered from so desperate a condition, while a Duke of Grafton was Prime Minister...
Page 316 - ... the impression, had suffered under great depression of spirits during the three preceding days, retired to bed before twelve o'clock. Having ordered the valet to mix him some rhubarb, he sat up in the bed, apparently in health, intending to swallow the medicine; but, being in want of a tea-spoon, which the servant had neglected to bring, his master, with a strong expression of impatience, sent him to bring a spoon.
Page 321 - The kennel of the street ran down with spirituous liquors, and numbers of the populace were already intoxicated with this beverage. So little disposition, however, did they manifest to riot or pillage, that it would have been difficult to conceive who were the authors and perpetrators of such enormous mischief, if we had not distinctly seen, at the windows of the house, men who, while the floors and rooms were on fire, calmly tore down the furni.
Page 335 - Bank, were as much as possible erased next morning, and the buildings whitewashed. Government and the rioters seem to have felt an equal disposition, by drawing a veil over the extent of the calamity, to bury it in profound darkness. To colonel Holroyd, since deservedly raised to the British peerage as lord Sheffield, and to his regiment of militia, the country was eminently indebted for repelling the fury of the mob at the Bank ; where, during some moments, the conflict seemed doubtful, and the...

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