Private Correspondence of Horace Walpole, Earl of Orford: Now First Collected, Volume 2

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Rodwell and Martin, 1820

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Page 207 - This grave scene was fully contrasted by the burlesque duke of Newcastle. He fell into a fit of crying the moment he came into the chapel, and flung himself back in a stall, the archbishop hovering over him with a smelling-bottle ; but in two minutes his curiosity got the better of his hypocrisy, and he ran about the chapel with his glass to spy who was or was not there, spying with one hand, and mopping his eyes with the other. Then returned the...
Page 227 - ... are exhausting the dregs of their pitiful lives in squabbles and pamphlets. The surprise the pictures gave me is again renewed ; accustomed for many years to see nothing but wretched daubs and varnished copies at auctions, I look at these as enchantment. My own description of them seems poor j but shall I tell you truly, the majesty of Italian ideas almost sinks before the warm nature of Flemish colouring.
Page 221 - The stone which the builders refused is become the head-stone of the corner. This is the Lord's doing; it is marvellous in our eyes.
Page 330 - Lady Mary Wortley is arrived; I have seen her; I think her avarice, her dirt, and her vivacity, are all increased. Her dress, like her languages, is a galimatias of several countries; the ground-work rags, and the embroidery nastiness.
Page 347 - Why, the single eloquence of Mr. Pitt, like an annihilated star, can shine many months after it has set. I tell you it has conquered Martinico.
Page 230 - It is plain I never knew for how many trades I was formed, when at this time of day I can begin electioneering, and succeed in my new vocation. Think of me, the subject of a mob, who was scarce ever before in a mob, addressing them in the townhall, riding at the head of two thousand people through such a town as Lynn, dining with above two hundred of them, amid bumpers...
Page 81 - Waller says be true, that The soul's dark cottage, batter'd and decay'd, Lets in new Light thro
Page 5 - One scrambles over a huge terrass, on which mountain ashes and various trees spring out of the very rocks ; and at the brow is the den, but not spacious enough for such an inmate. However, I am persuaded it furnished Pope with this line, so exactly it answers to the picture : " On rifted rocks, the dragon's late abodes.
Page 332 - ... prentices and old women. We stayed however till half an hour after one. The Methodists have promised them contributions ; provisions are sent in like forage, and all the taverns and ale-houses in the neighbourhood make fortunes.
Page 481 - ... and veiling sense, Achieves that conquest o'er the heart Sense seldom gains, and never art : This lady, 'tis our royal will Our laureate's vacant seat should fill ; A chaplet of immortal bays Shall crown her...

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