Gleanings of wit, interspersed with many original pieces, from the works of an old military officer [J. Rawstorne, compiled by himself].

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Page 13 - At the siege of Tortona, the commander of the army which lay before the town, ordered Carew an Irish officer in the service of Naples, to advance with a detachment to a particular post. Having given his orders, he whispered to Carew: 'Sir, I know you to be a gallant man. I have therefore put you upon this duty. I tell you in confidence, it is certain death for you all. I place you there to make the enemy spring a mine below you.
Page 161 - I will burn the paper, and hang the bearer; this is the immutable resolution, and shall be the undoubted practice of him who accounts it his chiefest glory to be his Majesty's most Loyal and Obedient Servant Derby.
Page 34 - Mrs. Reilly happened to be a woman of good sense, and taking the hint, immediately withdrew, changed her dress as speedily as possible, and in a short time returned to the parlour in her common apparel. Swift saluted her in the most friendly manner, taking her by the hand and saying, " I am heartily glad to see you Mrs. " Reilly. This husband of yours would...
Page 202 - But if thy good providence has decreed otherwise; if thou seest that I should prove one of those kings whom thou givest in thine anger, take from me, O merciful God, my life and my crown. Make me this day a sacrifice to thy will : let my death end the calamities of my country; and let my blood be the last that shall be spilt in this quarrel.
Page 78 - ... and those first thoughts of his, contrary to the old Latin proverb, were not always the least happy. And as his fancy was quick, so likewise were the products of it remote and new. He borrowed not of any other; and his imaginations were such as could not easily enter into any other man. His corrections were sober and judicious: and he corrected his own writings much more severely than those of another man, bestowing twice the time and labour in polishing, which he used in invention.
Page 135 - Sick of a strange disease, his neighbor's health; Best lives he then, when any better dies ; Is never poor, but in another's wealth: On best men's harms and griefs he feeds his fill ; Else his own maw doth eat with spiteful will : 111 must the temper be, where diet is so ill.
Page 161 - I scorn your proffers. I disdain your favor. I abhor your treason ; and am so far from delivering up this island to your advantage, that I will keep it, to the utmost of my power, to your destruction. Take this for your final answer ; and forbear any further solicitations. For, if you trouble me with any more messages on this occasion, I will burn the paper and hang the bearer.
Page 103 - Avarice bid me put my trust in gold, To my relief, thou virtuous goddess, haste, And with thee bring thy smiling daughters chaste, Health, Liberty, and Wisdom — sisters bright!
Page 184 - Samuel Johnson returns his compliments to Mr. Andrew Millar, and is very glad to find (as he does by his note), that Andrew Millar has the grace to thank God for any thing.
Page 110 - Am I to set my life upon a throw, Because a bear is rude and surly ? No — A moral, sensible and well-bred man Will not affront me ; and no other can.

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