Literary Anecdotes of the Eighteenth Century;: Comprizing Biographical Memoirs of William Boywer, Printer, F.S.A. and Many of His Learned Friends; an Incidental View of the Progress and Advancement of Literature in this Kingdom During the Last Century; and Biographical Anecdotes of a Considerable Number of Eminent Writers and Ingenious Artists; with a Very Copious Index, Volume 4

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Page 214 - ASSIST us mercifully, O Lord, in these our supplications and prayers, and dispose the way of thy servants towards the attainment of everlasting salvation ; that, among all the changes and chances of this mortal life, they may ever be defended by thy most gracious and ready help ; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Page 54 - That other nameless impression is a cheat, and •will but abuse the buyer as well as the author, whose poem deserves to have fallen into better hands.
Page 67 - ... to his majesty's people all the idle and malicious reports that they could collect or invent, contrary to law : the continuance whereof would, in a short time, endanger the peace of the kingdom, the same manifestly tending thereto, as has been declared by all his majesty's...
Page 87 - Medleys are jumbled together with the Flying Post; the Examiner is deadly sick ; the Spectator keeps up and doubles its price : I know not how long it will last.
Page 607 - I am a man of desperate fortunes, that is, a man whose friends are dead, for I never aimed at any other fortune than in friends. As soon as I had sent my last letter, I received a most kind one from you, expressing great pain for my late illness at Mr. Cheselden's. I conclude you was eased of that friendly apprehension in a few days after you had dispatched yours, for mine must have reached you then.
Page 571 - I have been directed to chide, and even repulse, when an offence was either taken or given, at the very time that the heart of the chider or repulser was open before me, overflowing with esteem and affection, and the fair repulser, dreading to be taken at her word, directing this word, or that expression, to be softened or changed. One, highly gratified with her lover's fervour and vows of everlasting love, has said, when I have asked her direction, ' I cannot tell you what to write ; but (her heart...
Page 501 - ... as if he had not been at all engaged or interrupted. Suppose now you had staid as long as you would, and been entertained by him most agreeably, you took your leave, and got half-way down the stairs ; but, recollecting somewhat that you...
Page 571 - I should, to borrow me to read to them ; their mothers sometimes with them ; and both mothers and daughters used to be pleased with the observations they put me upon making. — I was not more than thirteen, when three of these young women, unknown to each other, having...
Page 179 - He was a whole species of Poets in one ! Admirable in a Manner In which no one else has been tolerable ; . A Manner which began and ended in Him, In which he knew no Guide. And has found no Followers.
Page 492 - So does an account of the criminals hanged yesterday entertain us.' He proceeded : — 'Demosthenes Taylor, as he was called, (that is, the Editor of Demosthenes) was the most silent man, the merest statue of a man that I have ever seen. I once dined in company with him, and all he said during the whole time was no more than Richard. How a man should say only Richard, it is not easy to imagine. But it was thus : Dr. Douglas was talking of Dr. Zachary Grey, and ascribing to him something that was...

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