Picture of Edinburgh: Containing a Description of the City and Its Environs

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J. Anderson, Jun., 1823 - Edinburgh (Scotland) - 370 pages

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Page 168 - With what integrity and discernment persons have been chosen to preside in each of these departments, the character of my learned colleagues affords the most satisfying evidence. From confidence in their abilities, and assiduity in discharging the duties of their respective offices, the University of Edinburgh has...
Page 102 - Rizio to leave a place of which he was unworthy, and which he had occupied too long. Mary employed tears, and entreaties, and threatenings, to save her favourite. But, notwithstanding all these, he was torn from her by violence, and before he could be dragged through the next apartment, the rage of his enemies put an end to his life, piercing his body with fifty-six wounds.p ATHOL, Huntly, Bothwell, and other confidents of the Queen, who had apartments in the palace, were alarmed...
Page 281 - A stranger might have been accommodated, not only comfortably, but most elegantly, at many public hotels ; and the person who, in 1763, was obliged to put up with accommodation little better than that of a waggoner or carrier, may now be lodged like a prince, and command every luxury of life.
Page 269 - ... large drinking, which I was many times forced to invoke, being courteously entertained, and much provoked to carousing; and so for that time, avoided any great intemperance. Remembering this, and having since observed, in my conversation at the English court, with the Scots of the better sort, that they spend great part of the night in drinking, not only wine, but even beer ; as myself cannot accuse them of any great intemperance, so I cannot altogether free them from the imputation of excess,...
Page 169 - Lordship, who, among your ancestors, reckon a man whose original and inventive genius places him high among the illustrious persons who have contributed most eminently to enlarge the boundaries of human knowledge. " Permit me to add what I regard as my own peculiar felicity, that, by having remained in my present station much longer than any of my predecessors, I have lived to witness an event so beneficial to this University, the prosperity of which is near to my heart, and has ever been the object...
Page 268 - ... sent from the governor of Berwick about bordering affairs, were entertained after their best manner. The Scots living then in factions, used to keep many followers, and so consumed their revenue of victuals, living in some want of money.
Page 289 - He relates that he saw in Scotland the poor people, who in rags begged at the churches, receive for alms pieces of stone, with which they went away contented. This species of stone, whether with sulphur, or whatever inflammable substance it may be impregnated, they burn in place of wood, of which their country is destitute.
Page 270 - To conclude, in general they would not, at this time, be attired after the English fashion in any sort; but the men, especially at court, follow the French fashion; a<nd the women, both in court and city, as well in cloaks as naked heads, and also sleeves on the arms, and all other garments, follow the fashion of the women in Germany.
Page 270 - French hoods, and large falling bands round their necks. The unmarried of all sorts did go bareheaded, and wear short cloaks, with most close linen sleeves on their arms, like the virgins of Germany. The inferior sort of citizens...
Page 268 - ... furnished with great platters of porridge, each having a little piece of sodden meat. And when the table was served, the servants did sit down with us ; but the upper mess, instead of porridge, had a pullet, with some prunes in the broth.

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