Memoirs of the Life, Works, and Correspondence of Sir William Temple, Bart, Volume 2

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Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown, Green, & Longman, 1836 - Authors, English

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Page 431 - Faith etc. and the High and Mighty Lords the States General of the United Netherlands concluded the 21-31 day of July 1667.
Page 122 - That king James the Second, having endeavoured to subvert the Constitution of the Kingdom, by breaking the original Contract between king and people, and, by the advice of Jesuits, and other wicked persons, having violated the fundamental Laws, and having withdrawn himself out of the Kingdom, has abdicated the Government, and that the Throne is thereby become vacant.
Page 184 - I know several learned men (or that usually pass for such, under the name of critics) have not esteemed them genuine, and Politian, with some others, have attributed them to Lucian: but I think he must have little skill in painting, that cannot find out this to be an original; such diversity of passions, upon such variety of actions and passages of life and government, such freedom of thought, such boldness of expression, such bounty to his friends, such scorn of his enemies, such honour of learned...
Page 141 - I expected every great minister, who honoured me with his acquaintance, if he heard or saw any thing to my disadvantage, would let me know in plain words, and not put me in pain to guess by the change or coldness of his countenance or behaviour ; for it was what I would hardly bear from a crowned head, and I thought no subject's favour was worth it ; and that I designed to let my lord keeper and Mr Harley know the same thing, that they might use me accordingly.
Page 141 - I called at Mr. secretary's, to see what the D — ailed him on Sunday ; I made him a very proper speech, told him I observed he was much out of temper ; that I did not expect he would tell me the cause, but would be glad to see he was in better...
Page 178 - ... discoveries, or derived from old fountains, is disputed : nay, it is so too, whether they are true or no ; for, though reason may seem to favour them more than the contrary opinions, yet sense can very hardly allow them ; and, to satisfy mankind, both these must concur. But if they are true, yet these two great discoveries have made no change in the conclusions of Astronomy, nor in the practice of Physic; and so have been of little use to the world, though perhaps of much honour to the authors.
Page 139 - I entreat that your honour will consider this, and will please to send me some certificate of my behaviour during almost three years in your family; wherein I shall stand in need of all your goodness to excuse my many weaknesses and oversights, much more to say any thing to my advantage.
Page 268 - Were I to prescribe a rule for drinking, it should be formed upon a saying quoted by Sir William Temple: The first glass for myself, the second for my friends, the third for good humour, and the fourth for mine enemies.
Page 140 - ... to my advantage. The particulars expected of me are what relate to morals and learning, and the reasons of quitting your honour's family, that is, whether the last was occasioned by any ill actions. They are all left entirely to your honour's mercy, though in the first I think I cannot reproach myself any farther than for infirmities.

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