Miscellaneous Works of Edward Gibbon, Esquire: With Memoirs of His Life and Writings, Volume 2

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P. Wogan, 1796

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Page 24 - One is also plagued with his notes, according to the present method of printing the book: when a note is announced, you turn to the end of the volume; and there you often find nothing but a reference to an authority. All these authorities ought only to be printed at the margin, or the bottom of the page.
Page 59 - It will give me the greatest pleasure to have an opportunity of becoming better acquainted with Mr. Gibbon. I beg he would accept my sincere thanks for the too favourable manner in which he has spoken of a performance, which derives its chief merit from the elegance and importance of the work it attempts to oppose.
Page 290 - wrote his dictionary to empty the various collections he had made, without any particular design, he could not have chosen a better plan. It permitted him every thing, and obliged him to nothing. By the double freedom of a dictionary and of notes, he could pitch on what articles he pleased, and say what he pleased in those articles.
Page 60 - In a night or two we shall be in a blaze of illumination from the zeal of naval heroes, land patriots, and tallow-chandlers; the last are not the least sincere.
Page 42 - ... of human manners is at length rescued from the hands of sophists and declaimers. Lord Stormont and the few in this capital who have had an opportunity of perusing the History of America unanimously concur in the same sentiments. Your work is already become a favourite topic of public conversation, and M. Suard is repeatedly pressed, in my hearing, to fix the time when his translation will appear.
Page 75 - I have more than once sought, without having been so fortunate as to obtain, a proper opportunity of thanking you very sincerely for the elegant compliment which you pay me, in a work abounding in elegance of all kinds. My " Seven Arabian Poets" will see the light before next winter, and be proud to wait upon you in their English dress.
Page 13 - The principal men both days were Fox and Wedderburne, on the opposite sides ; the latter displayed his usual talents ; the former taking the vast compass of the question before us, discovered powers for regular debate, which neither his friends hoped, nor his enemies dreaded.
Page 76 - ... bench in India, where I should hardly think of instructing the Gentoos in the maxims of the Athenians. I believe I should not have troubled you with this letter, if I did not fear that your attendance in Parliament might deprive me of the pleasure of meeting you at the Club next Tuesday ; and I shall go to Oxford a few days after.
Page 52 - An English army of nearly ten thousand men laid down their arms, and surrendered prisoners of war, on condition of being sent to England, and of never serving against America. They had fought bravely, and were three days without eating. Burgoyne is said to have received three wounds. General Fraser, with two thousand men, killed. Colonel Ackland likewise killed. A general cry for peace.
Page 141 - After dinner and the departure of our company, one, two, or three friends, we read together some amusing book, or play at chess, or retire to our rooms, or make visits, or go to the coffee-house. Between six and seven the assemblies begin, and I am oppressed only with their number and variety. Whist, at shillings or half-crowns, is the game I generally play, and I play three rubbers with...