The Letters of Horace Walpole, Earl of Orford, Volume 4

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R. Bentley, 1857

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Page 271 - A certain man had two sons : and the younger of them said to his father, Father, give me the portion of goods that falleth to me.
Page 271 - And not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country; and there he wasted his substance with riotous living.
Page 343 - At five, arrived Mr. Mitchell, who said the Lords had begun to read the Poor-bill, which would take at least two hours, and perhaps would debate it afterwards. We concluded dinner would be called for, it not being very precedented for ladies to wait for gentlemen : no such thing. Six o'clock came, seven o'clock came, our coaches came, well ! we sent them away, and excuses were we were engaged.
Page 164 - By these presents be it known, To all who bend before our throne, Fays and fairies, elves and sprites, Beauteous dames and gallant knights, That we, Oberon the grand, Emperor of fairy land, King of moonshine, prince of dreams, Lord of Aganippe's streams, Baron of the dimpled isles, That lie in pretty maidens...
Page 47 - I find nobody knows his lordship's * thoughts on the present state of politics. Perhaps he has none. Now, are you willing, and are you the proper person, to tell Lord Orford that I will do my best to procure this employment for him, if I can soon learn that he desires it ? If he does choose it, I doubt not of his and his friend Boone's' hearty assistance, and believe I shall see you too, much oftener in the House of Commons.
Page 507 - There is a description of a milliner's box in all the terms of landscape, painted lawns and chequered shades, a Moravian ode, and a Methodist ditty, that are incomparable, and the best names that ever were composed. I can say it by heart, though a quarto, and if I had time would write it you down ; for it is not yet reprinted, and not one to be had.
Page 145 - Millar, upon his own certain knowledge) ; this young man (a man of address and parts), found out, pushed, and brought into parliament by Lord Shelburne, had not sat two days in the house before he attacked Mr. Pitt. I shall give you a specimen of his philippics. Talking of the manner of Mr. Pitt's speaking, he said ' There he would stand, turning up his eyes to heaven, that witnessed his perjuries, and laying his hand in a solemn manner upon the table, that sacrilegious hand that had been employed...
Page 469 - Versailles; gives suppers twice a-week; has everything new read to her; makes new songs and epigrams, ay, admirably, and remembers every one that has been made these fourscore years. She corresponds with Voltaire, dictates charming letters to him, contradicts him, is no bigot to him or anybody, and laughs both at the clergy and the philosophers.
Page 472 - She is two women, the upper and the lower. I need not tell you that the lower is gallant, and still has pretensions. The upper is very sensible, too, and has a measured eloquence that is just and pleasing, but all is spoiled by an unrelaxed attention to applause. You would think she was always sitting for her picture to her biographer.
Page 42 - I forgot to tell you that Gideon, who is dead worth more than the whole land of Canaan, has left the reversion of all his milk and honey, after his son and daughter and their children, to the Duke of Devonshire, without insisting on his taking the name, or even being circumcised.

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