Memoirs of Richard Lovell Edgeworth, Esq, Volumes 1-2

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Page 246 - And that which should accompany old age, As honour, love, obedience, troops of friends, I must not look to have ; but, in their stead, Curses, not loud but deep, mouth-honour, breath, Which the poor heart would fain deny, and dare not.
Page 229 - To press the weary minutes' flagging wings ; New sorrow rises as the day returns, A sister sickens, or a daughter mourns ; Now kindred merit fills the sable bier, Now lacerated friendship claims a tear. Year chases year, decay pursues decay, Still drops some joy from...
Page 229 - Unlocks his gold, and counts it till he dies. But grant, the virtues of a temp'rate prime Bless with an age exempt from scorn or crime ; An age that melts with unperceiv'd decay, And glides in modest innocence away...
Page 7 - Edgeworth, after this incident, and gaining other suits, became rich in a few years; and, "in 1732, he married Jane Lovell, daughter of Samuel Lovell, a Welsh judge, who was son of Sir Salathiel Lovell, that recorder of London who, at the trial of the seven bishops, in the reign of James II., proved himself to be a good man, though he was but an indifferent lawyer.
Page 45 - He believed," says Miss Edgeworth, in her Memoirs of her Father, " that almost all the distempers of the higher classes of people arise from drinking, in some form or other, too much vinous spirit. To this he attributed the aristocratic disease of gout, the jaundice, and all bilious or liver complaints ; in short all the family of pain. This opinion he supported in his writings with the force of his eloquence and reason ; and still more in conversation, by all those powers of wit, satire, and peculiar...
Page 8 - I could not conceive how he could .get through them, nor could I imagine how these people had ever gone on during his absence. I was with him constantly, and I was amused and interested in seeing how he made his way through these complaints, petitions, and grievances, with decision and despatch ; he, all the time, in good humor with the people, and they delighted with him ; though he often '; rated them roundly," when they stood before him perverse in litigation, helpless in procrastination, detected...
Page 78 - ... all the virtues of a child bred in the hut of a savage, and all the knowledge of things, which could well be acquired at an early age by a boy bred in civilized society. I say knowledge of things, for of books he had less knowledge at four or five years old, than most children that age.
Page 157 - It was the depth of winter ; the ground was covered with snow, and to our great surprise, we found Mrs. Day walking with her husband on the heath, wrapped up in a frieze cloak, and her feet well fortified with thick shoes. We had.always heard that Mrs.
Page 8 - ... when they stood before him perverse in litigation, helpless in procrastination, detected in cunning, or convicted of falsehood. They saw into his character, almost as soon as he understood theirs. The first remark which I heard whispered aside among the people, with congratulatory looks at each other, was — " His Honor, any way is good pay.
Page 7 - Things and persons are so much improved in Ireland of latter days, that only those, who can remember how they were some thirty or forty years ago, can conceive the variety of domestic grievances, which, in those times, assailed the master of a family, immediately upon his arrival at his Irish home. Wherever he turned his eyes, in or out of his house, damp, dilapidation, waste ! appeared. Painting, glazing, roofing, fencing, finishing— all were wanting. The back yard, and even the front lawn round...

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