Biographical essays

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Bernhard Tauchnitz, 1857 - 196 pages
 

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Page 147 - He was a vicious man, but very kind to me. If you call a dog HERVEY, I shall love him.
Page 150 - I saved appearances tolerably well; but I took care that the Whig dogs should not have the best of it.
Page 22 - Prussia was unknown ; and, in order that he might rob a neighbour whom he had promised to defend, black men fought on the coast of Coromandel, and red men scalped each other by the Great Lakes...
Page 117 - ... Protestant and Saxon family which had been long settled in Ireland, and which had, like most other Protestant and Saxon families, been, in troubled times, harassed and put in fear by the native population. His father, Charles Goldsmith, studied in the reign of Queen Anne at the diocesan school of Elphin, became attached to the daughter of the schoolmaster, married her, took orders, and settled at a place called Pallas in the county of Longford. There he with difficulty supported his wife and...
Page 176 - He was in no sense a statesman. He never willingly read or thought or talked about affairs of state. He loved biography, literary history, the history of manners ; but political history was positively distasteful to him. The question at issue between the colonies and the mother country was a question about which he had really nothing to say.
Page 37 - He interfered with the course of justice as well as with the course of trade ; and set up his own crude notions of equity against the law as expounded by the unanimous voice of the gravest magistrates. It never occurred to him that...
Page 36 - ... to secure to his people the great blessing of cheap and speedy justice. He was one of the first rulers who abolished the cruel and absurd practice of torture. No sentence of death, pronounced by the ordinary tribunals, was executed without his sanction ; and his sanction, except in cases of murder, was rarely given. Towards his troops he acted in a very different manner, Military offences were punished with such barbarous scourging that to be shot was considered by the Prussian soldier as a secondary...
Page 194 - As soon as he ceases to write trifles, he begins to write lies ; and such lies ! A man who has never been within the tropics does not know what a thunderstorm means ; a man who has never looked on Niagara has but a faint idea of a cataract ; and he who has not read Barere's Memoirs may be said not to know what it is to lie.
Page 144 - While leading this vagrant and miserable life, Johnson fell in love. The object of his passion was Mrs. Elizabeth Porter, a widow who had children as old as himself. To ordinary spectators, the lady appeared to be a short, fat, coarse woman, painted half an inch thick, dressed in gaudy colours, and fond of exhibiting provincial airs and graces which were not exactly those of the Queensberrys and Lepels.
Page 119 - In his seventeenth year Oliver went up to Trinity College, Dublin , as a sizar. The sizars paid nothing for food and tuition, and very little for lodging; but they had to perform some menial services from which they have long been relieved. They swept the court: they carried up the dinner to the fellows' table, and changed the plates and poured out the ale of the rulers of the society.

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