The Life of William Lord Russell: With Some Account of the Times in which He Lived

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Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, 1819 - Great Britain - 329 pages

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Page 312 - He appeared very ambitious to learn to write ; and one of the attornies got a board knocked up at a window on the top of a staircase ; and that was his desk, where he sat and wrote after copies of court and other hands the clerks gave him. He made himself so expert a writer that he took in business, and earned some pence by hackney-writing. And thus by degrees he pushed his faculties, and fell to forms, and, by books that were lent him, became an exquisite entering clerk ; and, by the Same course...
Page 35 - Majesty that penal statutes, in matters ecclesiastical, cannot be suspended but by act of Parliament.
Page 315 - Causes at his House, the Company have waited five hours in a Morning, and, after Eleven, he hath come out inflamed, and staring like one distracted. And that Visage he put on when he animadverted on such as he took Offence at, which made him a Terror to real Offenders; whom also he terrified, with his Face and Voice, as if the Thunder of the Day of Judgment broke over their Heads: And nothing ever made Men tremble like his vocal Inflictions. He loved to insult, and was bold without Check; but that...
Page 74 - As for the share I had in the prosecution of the Popish Plot, I take God to witness that I proceeded in it in the sincerity of my heart, being then really convinced, as I am still, that there was a conspiracy against the King, the nation, and the Protestant religion...
Page 45 - I, AB, do declare, that it is not lawful, upon any pretence whatsoever, to take arms against the king : and that I do abhor that traitorous position of taking arms by his authority against his person, or against those that are commissioned by him...
Page 314 - ... chief justice of the King's Bench at that nice time. And the ministry could not but approve of it. So great a weight was then at stake as could not be trusted to men of doubtful principles, or such as any thing might tempt to desert them.
Page 201 - Queen or of their eldest son and heir; or if a man do violate the King's companion, or the King's eldest daughter unmarried, or the wife of the King's eldest son and heir; or if a man do levy war against our lord the King in his realm...
Page 315 - He seemed to lay nothing of his business to heart, nor care what he did, or left undone ; and spent, in the Chancery Court, what time he thought fit to spare. Many times, on days of causes at his house, the company have waited five hours in a morning ; and, after eleven, he hath come out inflamed, and staring like one distracted. And that visage he put on, when he animadverted on such as...
Page 314 - When he was in temper and matters indifferent came before him, he became his seat of justice better than any other I ever saw in his place. He took a pleasure in mortifying fraudulent attorneys, and would deal forth his severities with a sort of majesty.
Page 223 - He said there was a signal providence of God in giving him such a wife, where there was birth, fortune, great understanding, great religion, and great kindness to him ; but her carriage in this extremity was beyond all.

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