The letters of Horace Walpole, ed. by P. Cunningham, Volume 7

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Page 391 - Good night, Madam, till I receive your letter. Monday morning, the 12th. Disappointed ! disappointed ! not a line from your Ladyship ; I will not send away this till I hear from you. Last night, at Hampton Court, I heard of two Popish chapels demolished at Bath, and one at Bristol. My coachman has just been in Twickenham, and says half Bath is burnt ; I trust this is but the natural progress of lies, that increase like a chairman's legs by walking. Mercy on us ! we seem to be plunging into the horrors...
Page 51 - The Old Baron,' a Gothic story,' professedly written in imitation of Otranto, but reduced to reason and probability! It is so probable, that any trial for murder at the Old Bailey would make a more interesting story.
Page 143 - General is said to have answered, " that he was not worth purchasing, but, such as he was, the King of Great Britain was not rich enough to do it.
Page 325 - O'Birne, an Irish gamester, had won one hundred thousand pounds of a young Mr. Harvey of Chigwell, just started from a midshipman ' into an estate by his elder brother's death. O'Birne said, " You can never pay me." " I can," said the youth ; " my estate will sell for the debt.
Page 314 - The scene is laid in Gothic chivalry ; where a beautiful imagination, supported by strength of judgment, has enabled the author to go beyond his subject, and effect the full purpose of the ancient tragedy ; that is, to purge the passions by pity and terror, in colouring as great and harmonious as in any of the best dramatic writers.
Page 189 - ... brains with the pistol, and is more wounded by those blows than by the ball Lord Sandwich was at home expecting her to supper at half an hour after ten. On her not returning an hour later, he said something must have happened : however, being tired, he went to bed...
Page 399 - How I abominate Mr. Banks and Dr. Solander, who routed the poor Otaheitans out of the centre of the ocean, and carried our abominable passions amongst them ! not even that poor little speck could escape European restlessness.
Page 168 - Yes, madam, I do think the pomp of Garrick's funeral perfectly ridiculous. It is confounding the immense space between pleasing talents and national services. What distinctions remain for a patriot hero when the most solemn have been showered on a player?
Page 156 - Davis and such cavillers might go a short step farther, and insist that an author should peruse every work antecedently written, on every subject at all collateral to his own, — not to assist him, but to be sure to avoid every material touched by his predecessors. I will make but one remark on such divine champions. Davis and his prototypes tell you Middleton, &c. have used the same objections, and they have been confuted ; answering, in the Theologic Dictionary, signifying confuting, no matter...
Page 281 - Mr. Fox to fire ; to which Mr. Fox replied, " Sir, I have no quarrel with you, do you fire," Mr. Adam then fired, and wounded Mr. Fox, which we believe was not at all perceived by Mr. Adam, as it was not distinctly seen by either of ourselves. Mr. Fox then fired, without effect. We then interfered, asking Mr. Adam if he was satisfied. Mr. Adam replied, " Will Mr. Fox declare he meant no personal attack upon my character ?

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