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Page 191 - Sir Joshua Reynolds was, on very many accounts, one of the most memorable men of his time. He was the first Englishman who added the praise of the elegant arts to the other glories of his country.
Page 363 - Memory ! — oh ! supremely blest, And justly proud beyond a Poet's praise ; If the pure confines of thy tranquil breast Contain, indeed, the subject of thy lays ! By me how envied ! — for to me, The herald still of misery, Memory makes her influence known By sighs, and tears, and grief alone : I greet her as the fiend, to whom belong The vulture's ravening beak, the raven's funeral song.
Page 321 - ... my distress. When I was in the room, I talked to him as if he had been really present, and answered my own questions in my lord's voice as nearly as I could imitate it. I walked up...
Page 323 - ... provision from Thursday till Saturday night, when Mrs. Mills came and conducted my Lord to the Venetian ambassador's. We did not communicate the affair to his Excellency ; but one of his servants concealed him in his own room till Wednesday, on which day the ambassador's coach and six was to go down to meet his brother.
Page 191 - His talents of every kind, powerful from nature, and not meanly cultivated by letters; his social virtues in all the relations, and all the habitudes of life, rendered him the centre of a very great and unparalleled variety of agreeable societies, which will be dissipated by his death. He had too much merit not to excite some jealousy, too much innocence to provoke any enmity.
Page 323 - I left the duchess, I went to a house which Evans had found out for me, and where she promised to acquaint me where my Lord was. She got thither some few minutes after me, and told me, that when she had seen him secure, she went in search of Mr. Mills, who, by...
Page 218 - Address of the Lord Mayor, Aldermen, and Commons of the city of London, in Common Council assembled. Most Gracious Sovereign, WE, your Majesty's most dutiful and loyal subjects, the Lord Mayor, Aldermen, and Commons of the...
Page 191 - Sir Joshua expired, without any visible symptoms of pain, on the 23d of February, 1792, in the sixty-ninth year of his age. " His illness," says Burke, " was long, but borne with a mild and cheerful fortitude, without the least mixture of any thing irritable or querulous : agreeably to the placid and even tenor of his whole life. He had, from the beginning of his malady, a distinct view of his dissolution; and he contemplated it with that entire composure, which nothing but the innocence, integrity,...
Page 226 - ... uneasiness, the strong and increasing indications which have appeared there of an intention to excite disturbances in other countries, to disregard the rights of neutral nations, and to pursue views of conquest and...