History of His Own Time: With the Suppressed Passages of the First Volume and Notes by the Earls of Dartmouth and Hardwicke and Speaker Onslow, Hitherto Unpublished. To which are Added the Cursory Remarks of Swift, and Other Observations, Volume 1

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Clarendon Press, 1823 - Great Britain

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Page 320 - In order to this, he set young students much on reading the ancient philosophers, chiefly Plato, Tully, and Plotin, and on considering the Christian religion as a doctrine sent from God, both to elevate and sweeten human nature, in which he was a great example, as well as a wise and kind instructor.
Page 158 - She was a woman of great beauty, but most enormously vicious and ravenous ; foolish but imperious, very uneasy to the king, and always carrying on intrigues with other men, while yet she pretended she was jealous of him.
Page 319 - He was much for liberty of conscience ; and being disgusted with the dry systematical way of those times, he studied to raise those who conversed with him to a nobler set of thoughts, and to consider religion as a seed of a deiform nature, to use one of his ffwn phrases.
Page 170 - He could never fix his thoughts, nor govern his estate, though then the greatest in England. He was bred about the king, and for many years he had a great ascendant over him ; but he spake of him to all persons with that contempt, that at last he drew a lasting disgrace upon himself. And he at length ruined both body and mind, fortune and reputation equally.
Page 506 - We were indeed amazed to see a poor commonalty so capable to argue upon points of government, and on the bounds to be set to the power of princes in matters of religion ; upon all these topics they had texts of Scripture at hand ; and were ready with their answers to anything that was said to them. This measure of knowledge was spread even among the meanest of them, their cottagers and their servants.
Page 464 - H h 1668. ways too hard for his judgment. A severe jest was preferred by him to all arguments whatsoever. And he was endless in consultations : for when after much discourse a point was settled, if he could find a new jest, to make even that which was suggested by himself seem ridiculous, he could not hold, but would study to raise the credit of his wit, though it made others call his judgment in question u.
Page 172 - He was very learned, not only in Latin, in which he was a master, but in Greek and Hebrew. He had read a great deal of divinity, and almost all the historians ancient and modern : so that he had great materials. He had with these an extraordinary memory, and a copious but unpolished expression. He was a man, as the duke of Buckingham called him to me, of a blundering understanding [not always clear, but often cloudy, as his looks were always.
Page 72 - The south-west counties of Scotland have seldom corn enough to serve them round the year : and the northern parts producing more than they need, those in the west come in the summer to buy at Leith the stores that come from the north : and from a word whiggam, used in driving their horses, all that drove were called the whiggamors, and The minis- shorter the whtggs.
Page 463 - He was a man of a great and ready wit, full of life and very pleasant, much turned to satire. He let his wit run much on matters of religion, so that he passed for a bold and determined atheist...
Page 328 - ... of learning, and applied themselves to the matter, in which they opened the nature and reasons of things so fully, and with that simplicity, that their hearers felt an instruction of another sort, than had commonly been observed before. So they became very much followed : and a set of these men brought off the city in a great measure from the prejudices they had formerly to the church.

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