Memoirs of the Late Thomas Holcroft, Volume 2

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Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme and Brown, 1816 - 320 pages
 

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Page 246 - ... delivered the Sunday evening lectures at the Old Jewry, which were so popular about twenty years ago. He afterwards retired to Hedgegrove in Hertfordshire. It was here that I first became acquainted with him, and passed some of the pleasantest days of my life. He was the friend of my early youth. He was the first person of literary eminence whom I...
Page 247 - I had had, in reading these authors, seemed more than doubled. Of all the persons I have ever known, he was the most perfectly free from every taint of jealousy or narrowness. Never did a mean or sinister motive come near his heart. He was one of the most enthusiastic admirers of the French Revolution; and I believe that the disappointment of the hopes he had cherished of the freedom and happiness of mankind, preyed upon his mind, and hastened his death.
Page 207 - as to have been repeated under a thousand different modes ; and under a variety of forms and phraseology, to have been proverbial in all countries.' This obnoxious passage was the one, in which Craig Campbell, when insulted by a fashionable coxcomb, who asks what profession he was bred to, says that ' he was bred to the most useless, and often the most worthless, of all professions, that of a gentleman.' In this comedy, the author has more pointedly than in any other, set up the claims of worth...
Page 119 - The absurdity of his tenets, can only be equalled by the effrontery with which they are maintained. Among 118 the most ridiculous of what he calls first principles is that of the equality of mankind. He is one of your levellers ! Marry! His superior! Who is he? On. what proud eminence can he be found ? On some Welsh mountain, or the peak of Teneriffe? Certainly not in any of the nether regions? Dispute his prerogative who dare ! He derives from Adam; what time the world was all " hail fellow well...
Page 194 - Men do not become what by nature they are meant to be, but what society makes them. The generous feelings, and high propensities of the soul are, as it were, shrunk up, seared, violently wrenched, and amputated, to fit us for our intercourse with the world, something in the manner that beggars maim and mutilate their children, to make them fit for their future situation in life.
Page 84 - To this his mistress replies, "They have so, — But you have, doubtless, too much native merit to arrogate to yourself the worth of others ! You are no jay, decked in the peacock's feathers ! You are not idiot enough to imagine that a skin of parchment, on which are emblazoned the arms and the acts of one wise man, with a long list of succeeding fools, is any honour to you ! Responsible to mankind for the use...
Page 141 - Gaffer Gray; And knock at the jolly priest's door. 'The priest often preaches Against worldly riches, But ne'er gives a mite to the poor, Well-a-day!
Page 174 - After some little altercation, in which Mr. Holcroft seemed to affect some consequence, he was ordered into custody. This gentleman seems so fond of speechifying, that he will probably plead his own cause in part, though Counsel were assigned him. We do not understand. he is in any imminent danger ; and suppose, from his behaviour, he has the idea of obtaining the reputation of a martyr to liberty at an easy rate. We have that respect for some efforts of his talents, that we really hope his vanity...
Page 36 - ... my insignificance? No; the little that she did say was affable; the tone was conciliating, the eye encouraging, and the countenance expressed the habitual desire of conferring kindness. But these were only aggravating circumstances, that shewed the desirableness of that intercourse which to me was unattainable. I say to me, for those who had a less delicate sense of propriety, who were more importunate, more intruding, and whose forehead was proof against repulse, were more successful. By such...
Page 141 - The lawyer lives under the hill, Gaffer Gray, Warmly fenced both in back and in front." " He will fasten his locks, And will threaten the stocks, Should he ever more find me in want, Well-a-day!

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