Historical Memoirs of My Own Time

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Lea and Blanchard, 1837 - Great Britain - 494 pages
"Sir Nathaniel William Wraxall, 1st Baronet (8 April 1751 ? 7 November 1831) was an English author....He visited Portugal and was presented to the court, of which he gives a curious account in his Historical Memoirs; and in the north of Europe he made the acquaintance of several Danish nobles who had been exiled for their support of the deposed Queen Caroline Matilda, sister of George III. Wraxall at their suggestion undertook to endeavour to persuade the king to act on her behalf. He was able to secure an interview with her at Zell in September 1774. His exertions are told in his Posthumous Memoirs. As the queen died on 11 May 1775, his schemes came to nothing and he complained that he was out-of-pocket, but George III took no notice of him for some time."--Wikipedia.

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Page 28 - 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 156 - ... but still in his firm manly manner, with a sonorous voice, and never in that subdued tone which is commonly used at the levee and in the drawing-room.
Page 245 - Considering the situation and abilities of Lord Mansfield, I do not scruple to affirm, with the most solemn appeal to God for my sincerity, that, in my judgment, he is the very worst and most dangerous man in the kingdom. Thus far I have done my duty in endeavouring to bring him to punishment. But mine is an inferior, ministerial office in the temple of justice. — I have bound the victim, and dragged him to the altar.
Page 234 - King George, in a fright Lest Gibbon should write The history of England's disgrace, Thought no way so sure, His pen to secure, As to give the historian a place.
Page 203 - He loved gaming the most of any man of business I ever knew ; and gave one reason for it, because it delivered him from the obligation to talk much.
Page 261 - Our sons some slave of greatness may behold, Cast in the genuine Asiatic mould : Who of three realms shall condescend to know No more than he can spy from Windsor's brow...
Page 141 - 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 266 - Germain, nor any member of the cabinet will suppose, that it makes the smallest alteration in those principles of my conduct, which have directed me in past time, and which will always continue to animate me under every event, in the prosecution of the present contest.
Page 208 - ... least, I mean in the individual cases. What can ennoble sots, or fools, or cowards ? Alas ! not all the blood of all the Howards ! It is a thing that has been, that will never be again, — a thing that once did a work, and now has no more work to do. I...
Page 182 - ... 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, a lord North chancellor of the...

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