The Percy Anecdotes: Original and Select, Volume 4

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J. Cumberland, 1820
 

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Page 147 - The Wisdom and Goodness of God in having made both rich and poor; with an Appendix containing Reflections on the present State of England and France.
Page 123 - That opinion, sir, is not mistaken ; I must avow to your Majesty, I have no attachment but to my own country.
Page 30 - ... history of every wound, and grow themselves soldiers, before they find strength for the field. But this were nothing, did we not feel the alternate insolence of either army as it happens to advance or retreat, in pursuing the operations of the campaign.
Page 121 - Sir, the circumstances of this audience are so extraordinary, the language you have now held is so extremely proper, and the feelings you have discovered so justly adapted to the occasion, that I must say, that I not only receive with pleasure the assurance of the friendly disposition of the United States, but that I am very glad the choice has fallen upon you to be their minister.
Page 120 - Sir: The United States of America have appointed me their minister plenipotentiary to your Majesty, and have directed me to deliver to your Majesty this letter which contains the evidence of it. It is in obedience to their express commands, that I have the honor to assure your Majesty of their unanimous disposition and desire to cultivate the most friendly and liberal intercourse between your Majesty's subjects and their citizens, and of their best wishes for your Majesty's health and happiness,...
Page 93 - When I mentioned the smallness of the church livings in Scotland, he said, ' he wondered how men of liberal education would choose to become clergymen there ; ' and asked, ' whether, in the remote parts of the country, the clergy, in general, were not very ignorant?' I answered, ' No, for that education was very cheap in Scotland, and -that the clergy, in general, were men of good sense, and competent learning.
Page 30 - It is impossible to express the confusion, even those who call themselves our friends create. Even those from whom we might expect redress oppress us with new calamities. From your justice, therefore, it is that we hope relief; to you even children and women may complain, whose humanity stoops to the meanest petition, and whose power is capable of repressing the greatest injustice. "I am, Sire, &c.
Page 21 - You have heard, continued he, of an old Lord Bathurst, of whom your Popes and Swifts have sung and spoken so much: I have lived my life with geniuses of that cast; but have survived them; and, despairing ever to find their equals, it is some years since I have...
Page 76 - The King was pleased to say he was of the same opinion, adding, ' You do not think, then, Dr. Johnson, that there was much argument in the case?' Johnson said, he did not think there was. ' \Vhy, truly,' said the King, 'when once it comes to calling names, argument is pretty well at an end.
Page 30 - I am not expert at description, nor can my fancy add any horrors to the picture ; but sure even conquerors themselves would weep at the hideous prospect now before me. The whole Country, my dear Country, lies one frightful waste, presenting only objects to excite terror, pity and despair. The business of the husbandman and the shepherd are quite discontinued; the husbandman and the shepherd are become soldiers themselves, and help to ravage the soil they formerly occupied.

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