Historical Memoirs of His Own Time, Volume 1

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Page 48 - Where throngs of knights and barons bold, In weeds of peace, high triumphs hold, With store of ladies, whose bright eyes Rain influence, and judge the prize Of wit or arms, while both contend To win her grace whom all commend.
Page 100 - Cursed 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 356 - Lord Bathurst, President of the Council, and Sir Fletcher Norton, Speaker of the House of Commons, who were both present, on being appealed to for their opinions, declared that " a soldier was not less a citizen because he was a soldier, and consequently that he might repel force by force :" but no minister would sign the order for the purpose.
Page 335 - I was personally present at many of the most tremendous effects of the popular fury, on the memorable 7th of June, the night on which it attained its highest point. About nine o'clock on that evening, accompanied by three other gentlemen, who, as well as myself, were alarmed at the accounts brought in every moment, of the outrages committed, and of the still greater acts of violence meditated, as soon as darkness should favour and facilitate their further progress, we set out from Portland Place,...
Page 227 - The hesitation which you noticed," answered he, " resulted from the conflict that takes place within me, when I am attempting to convey my ideas on a subject where my understanding is at variance with the testimony of my senses. I am equally, from reason and reflection, disposed to consider with incredulity and contempt the existence of apparitions. But an appearance, which I have witnessed with my own eyes, as far as they, or any of the perceptions can be confided in; and which has even received...
Page 324 - His person was more elegant than seemed to become his rough profession. There was even something that approached to delicacy and effeminacy in his figure : but no man manifested a more temperate and steady courage in action. I had the honour to live in great personal intimacy with him...
Page 324 - I had the honor to live in great personal Intimacy with him, and have often heard him declare, that superiority to Fear was not in him the physical effect of Constitution ; on the contrary, no man being more sensible by Nature to that Passion, than himself: but, that he surmounted it from the Considerations of Honor and public Duty.
Page 339 - Langdale's houses were already at the height of their demolition : the Fleet Prison on the contrary was only beginning to blaze, and the sparks or flaming particles that filled the air, fell so thick upon us on every side, as to render unsafe its immediate vicinity, meanwhile we began to hear the platoons discharged on the other side of the river, towards St. George's Fields ; and were informed, that a considerable number of the rioters had been killed on Blackfriars Bridge, which was occupied by...
Page 336 - ... in flames. A file of foot-soldiers arriving, drew up near the blazing pile, but, without either attempting to quench the fire or to impede the mob, who were indeed far too numerous to admit of being dispersed, or even intimidated, by a small detachment of infantry.

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