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" It was at Rome, on the 15th of October 1764, as I sat musing amidst the ruins of the Capitol, while the bare-footed friars were singing vespers in the Temple of Jupiter, that the idea of writing the decline and fall of the city first started to my mind. "
A History of England in the Lives of Englishmen - Page 219
by George Godfrey Cunningham - 1853
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The Eclectic Magazine: Foreign Literature, Volume 18

1849
...to a cool and minute investigation. It was at Rome on the 15th October, 1764, as I sat miihingamids nclined to take umbrage at it, we hope they will permit us to remind them that it is the silly slan that the idea of writing this Decline and Fall ol the city first started to my mind. But my original...
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Outlines of English Literature

Thomas Budd Shaw - 1849 - 435 pages
...October 15th, 1764, and is immortalised in his own picturesque words: "As I sat musing," he says, "amidst the ruins of the Capitol, while the barefooted friars were singing vespers in the temple of 286 OUTLINES or GENERAL LITERATURE. [CHAP. xv. Jupiter, the idea of writing the decline and fall of...
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Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 66

1849
...and minute investigation. It was at Rome, on the 15th October 1764, ns I sat musing amidst the ruina of the Capitol, while the barefooted friars were singing vespers in the Temple of Jupiter, that tho idea of writing this Decline and Fall of the city first started to my mind. But my original...
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Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 66

1849
...investigation. It was at Rome, on the 15th October 1764, as I eat musing amidst the ruins of the Capítol, while the barefooted friars were singing vespers in the Temple of Jupiter, that the idea of writing this Decline and Fall of the city first started to my mind. But my original...
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Leisure Hours in a Country Parsonage; Or Strictures on Men, Manners, and Books

John Keefe Robinson - 1850
...find this memorable record :" It was at Borne, on the 15th of October, 1764, as I sat musing amidst the ruins of the Capitol, while the barefooted friars were singing vespers in the Temple of Jupiter, that the idea of writing the Decline and Fall of the City first entered my mind." Happy infirmity of...
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Essays, political, historical and miscellaneous, Volume 3

sir Archibald Alison (1st bart.) - 1850
...to a cool and minute investigation. It was at Rome, on the 15th October 1764, as I sat musing amidst the ruins of the Capitol, while the barefooted friars were singing vespers in the Temple of Jupiter, that the idea of writing this Decline and Fall of the city first started to my mind. But my original...
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A Hand-book for Travellers in Central Italy: Including the Papal States ...

John Murray (Firm), Octavian Blewitt - 1850 - 684 pages
...sat musing amidst the ruins of the Capitol, while the bare-footed friars were singing vespers, that the idea of writing the Decline and Fall of the city first started to his mind." In front of the church, facing the Campidoglio, are the 124 steps of Grecian marble said to have belonged...
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Critical and miscellaneous essays, by an octogenarian (J. Roche).

James Roche - 1850
...after his arrival there, on the 15th of October, 1764, as he sat musing on the ruins of the capital, the idea of writing the " Decline and Fall of the city," first started to his mind. His original plan, he adds, was circumscribed to the decay of the city rather than of the empire; and...
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The Literature and the Literary Men of Great Britain and Ireland, Volume 2

Abraham Mills - 1851
...determined by an incident of a striking and romantic nature. ' As I sat musing,' he says, ' amidst the ruins of the Capitol, while the bare-footed friars...the decline and fall of the city first started to my mind.' Many years, however, elapsed before ho carried his intentions into effect. On his return...
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The Literary Reader: For Academies and High Schools: Consisting of ...

Arethusa Hall - 1851 - 408 pages
...GIBBON'S ACCOUNT OF THE COMMENCEMENT AND CONCLUSION OF HIS GREAT WORK. IN Rome, as I sat musing amidst the ruins of the Capitol, while the bare-footed friars...the decline and fall of the city first started to my mind. * * * * It was on the day, or rather night, of the 27th of June, 1787, between the hours of...
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