Memoirs and Correspondence from 1734 to 1773, Volume 1

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J. Ridgway, 1845 - 816 pages

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Page 278 - Whether to plant a walk in undulating curves, and to place a bench at every turn where there is an object to catch the view; to make water run where it will be heard, and to stagnate where it will be seen...
Page 297 - ... applied himself seriously to the great question. His studies, being honest, ended in conviction. He found that religion was true ; and what he had learned he endeavoured to teach, 1747, by Observations on the Conversion of St. Paul ; a treatise to which infidelity has never been able to fabricate a specious answer.
Page 318 - Then maids and youths shall linger here, And while its sounds at distance swell, Shall sadly seem in Pity's ear To hear the woodland pilgrim's knell. Remembrance oft shall haunt the shore When Thames in summer wreaths is drest, And oft suspend the dashing oar To bid his gentle spirit rest...
Page 357 - ... in this we cannot be mistaken, that an open and professed disregard > to religion is become, through a variety of unhappy causes, the distinguishing character of the present age...
Page 132 - I am not contending for a vain punctilio. A clear, unblemished character, comprehends not only the integrity that will not offer, but the spirit that will not submit to, an injury; and whether it belongs to an individual or to a community, it is the foundation of peace, of independence, and of safety. Private credit is wealth ; public honour is security. The feather that adorns the royal bird supports his flight. Strip him of his plumage, and you fix him to the earth.
Page 340 - I hope my reader will be convinced, at his very entrance on this work, that he will find in the whole course of it nothing prejudicial to the cause of religion and virtue ; nothing inconsistent with the strictest rules of decency, nor which can offend even the chastest eye in the perusal.
Page 278 - Now was excited his delight in rural pleasures, and his ambition of rural elegance : he began from this time to point his prospects, to diversify his surface, to entangle his walks, and to wind his waters...
Page 176 - God, the immortality of the soul, and a future state of rewards and punishments have be,en esteemed useful engines of government.
Page 276 - Of household smoke, your eye excursive roams ; Wide-stretching from the hall in whose kind haunt The hospitable Genius lingers still, To where the broken landscape, by degrees Ascending, roughens into rigid hills...
Page 341 - For these purposes I have employed all the wit and humour of which I am master in the following history ; wherein I have endeavoured to laugh mankind out of their favourite follies and vices.

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