The Autobiography and Correspondence of Mary Granville, Mrs. Delany: With Interesting Reminiscences of King George the Third and Queen Charlotte, Volume 1

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Page 195 - To many a Kitty, Love his car Will for a day engage, But Prior's Kitty, ever fair, Obtained it for an age ! And she is old enough to be pleased with the compliment.
Page 258 - 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 71 - ... 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 607 - The world was all before him, where to choose His place of rest, and Providence his guide.3 80.
Page 460 - ... cobwebs and dirt and mortar; then found me in his own room on a ladder writing on a picture : and half an hour afterwards lying on the grass in the court with the dogs and the children, in my slippers and without my hat. He had had some doubt whether I was the painter or the factotum of the family; but you would have died at his surprise when he saw me walk into dinner dressed and sit by Lady Hertford.
Page 287 - 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 none 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 598 - This husband of yours would fain have palmed a fine lady upon me, all dressed out in silks, and in the pink of the mode, for his wife, but I was not to be taken in so." He then laid hold of young master's fine laced hat ; with his penknife ripped off the lace, and folding it up in several papers, thrust it into the fire.
Page 266 - OF what an easy, quick access, My blessed Lord, art Thou ! how suddenly May our requests Thine ear invade ! To show that state dislikes not easiness. If I but lift mine eyes, my suit is made : Thou canst no more not hear, than Thou canst die. Of what supreme Almighty power Is Thy great arm which spans the east and west, And tacks the centre to the sphere ! By it do all things live their measured hour : We cannot ask the thing, which is not there, Blaming the shallowness of our request.
Page 190 - ... that the king will see as few as he wishes at his court, particularly such as dare to think or speak truth. I dare not do otherwise...
Page 46 - ... service, although it might be difficult to see how their experience was improved by it. It was no uncommon thing for a commission to be obtained for a child in the cradle ; and when he came from college, the fortunate youth was at least a lieutenant of some standing, by dint of fair promotion. To sum up this catalogue of abuses, commissions were in some instances bestowed upon young ladies, when pensions could not be had. We...

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