The autobiography and correspondence of Mary Granville, Mrs. Delany: with interesting reminiscences of King George the Third and Queen Charlotte

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Page 262 - Some testimonies of learned men, in favour of the intended edition of the Saxon Homilies, concerning the learning of the author of those homilies, and the advantages to be hoped for from an edition of them. In a letter from the publisher to a doctor in divinity...
Page 73 - ... for her. Yet still his pride struggled with his inclination ; for all this time she was engaged to sing in public, a circumstance very grievous to her, but urged by the best of motives, she submitted to it, in order to assist her parents, whose fortune was much reduced by Mr. Robinson's loss of sight, which deprived him of the benefit of his profession as a painter.
Page 291 - As for the generality of people that I meet with here, they are much the same as in England — a mixture of good and bad. All that I have met with behave themselves very decently according to their rank; now and then an oddity breaks out, but never so extraordinary but that I can match them in England. There is a heartiness among them that is more like Cornwall than any I have known, and great sociableness.
Page 194 - Queen; she hopes by such an unprecedented order as this is, that the King will see as few as he wishes at his Court, particularly such as dare to think or speak truth.
Page 165 - Man's life is all a mist ! and in the dark, Our fortunes meet us. If fate be not, then what can we foresee ? Or how can we avoid it, if it be ? If by...
Page 158 - Yesterday I was at the rehearsal of the new opera composed by Handel : I like it extremely, but the taste of the town is so depraved, that nothing will be approved of but the burlesque. The Beggars' Opera entirely triumphs over the Italian one ; I have not yet seen it, but everybody that has seen it, says it is very comical and full of humour ; the songs will soon be published, and I will send them to you.
Page 552 - Henry Cavendish Earl of Ogle, (son and heir of Henry Duke of Newcastle,) who assumed the name of Percy ; but his Lordship died without issue, 1st Nov., 1680, and her Ladyship married in 1682, (3rdly, it is stated, but she appears to have been only contracted toThomas Thynne, Esq., of Longleate, who was assassinated Feb.
Page 283 - I have released Lady from her promise of giving me her picture by Zinck, to have it done by Hogarth.1 I think he takes a much greater likeness, and that is what I shall value my friend's picture for, more than for the excellence of the painting. Hogarth has promised to give me some instructions about drawing that will be of great use, — some rules of his own that he says will improve me more in a day than a year's learning in the common way.
Page 35 - ... their merits, and of our acceptance of the same ; and to that end we do hereby render our royal thanks to that our County in the most public and lasting manner we can devise, commanding copies hereof to be printed and published, and one of them to be read in every church and chapel therein, and to be kept for ever as a record in the same; that as long as the history of these times and of this nation shall continue, the memory of how much that County hath merited from us and our crown, may be...