An Olio of Bibliographical and Literary Anecdotes and Memoranda, Original and Selected: Including Mr. Cole's Unpublished Notes on the Revd. Jas. Bentham's History and Antiquities of Ely Cathedral

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Page 35 - O Printing! how hast thou disturbed the peace of mankind! That lead, when moulded into bullets, is not so mortal, as when founded into letters. There was a mistake, sure, in the story of Cadmus; and the serpent's teeth, which he sowed, were nothing else but the letters which he invented.
Page 34 - There have been ways found out to banish .ministers, to fine not only the people, but even the grounds and fields where they assembled in conventicles ; but no art yet could prevent these seditious meetings of letters. Two or three brawny fellows in a corner, with mere ink and elbow-grease, do more harm than a hundred systematical divines, with their sweaty preaching.
Page 34 - It was a happy time, when all learning was in manuscript, and some little officer, like our author, did keep the keys of the library; when the clergy needed no more knowledge than to read the liturgy, and the laity no more clerkship than to save them from hanging. But now, since printing came into the world, such is the mischief, that a man cannot write a book, but presently he is answered.
Page 105 - ... he was an exact mathematician, a curious calculator of nativities, a general read scholar, a thorough-paced philologist, and one that understood the surveying of lands well. As he was by many accounted a severe student, a devourer of authors, a melancholy and humorous person ; so by others, who knew him well, a person of great honesty, plain dealing and charity. I have heard some of the ancients of Christ Church often say, that his company was very merry, facete, and juvenile...
Page 70 - And we do hereby also give special charge and command to the said chief magistrates, justices of the peace, and vice-chancellors, respectively, that they cause the said books which shall be so brought unto any of their hands, or seized, or taken as aforesaid, by virtue of this our proclamation, to be delivered to the respective sheriffs of those counties where they respectively live, the first and next assizes that shall after happen. And the said sheriffs are hereby also required, in time of holding...
Page 69 - Burrough, or Town Incorporate, then to the next Justice of Peace adjoining to his or their dwelling, or place of abode ; or if living in either of Our Universities, then to the Vice-Chancellor of that University, where he or they do reside.
Page 26 - Neuf at Paris, surveying with wonder the objects that surrounded him, he was accosted by a drummer, who easily enlisted him in the service. For six years La Fleur beat his drum in the French army ; two years more would have entitled him to his discharge, but he preferred anticipation, and, exchanging dress with a peasant, easily made his escape.
Page 30 - ... My master sobbed aloud. I saw her gently disengage herself from his arms, and she sung him the service to the Virgin ; my poor master covered his face with his hands, and walked by her side to the cottage where she lived ; there he talked earnestly to the old woman.
Page 67 - Justice," written by John Goodwin. CHARLES R. Whereas John Milton, late of Westminster, in the county of Middlesex, hath published in print two several books, the one intituled " Johannis Miltoni Angli pro Populo Anglicano Defensio, contra Claudii Anonymi, alias Salmasii, Defensionem Regiam...

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