The British essayists; with prefaces by A. Chalmers, Volume 5


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Página 123 - In search of whom they sought : Him there they found Squat like a toad, close at the ear of Eve, Assaying by his devilish art to reach The organs of her fancy, and with them forge Illusions, as he list, phantasms and dreams...
Página 94 - ... invented by some pretty fellows, such as Banter, Bamboozle, Country Put, and Kidney, as it is there applied; some of which are now struggling for the vogue, and others are in possession of it. I have done my utmost for some years past to stop the progress of Mobb and Banter, but have been plainly borne down by numbers, and betrayed by those who promised to assist me.
Página 284 - ... mask. I shall not carry my humility so far as to call myself a vicious man; but at the same time must confess my life is at best but pardonable. And with no greater character than this, a man would make but an indifferent progress in attacking prevailing and fashionable vices, which Mr. Bickerstaff has done with a freedom of spirit that would have lost both its beauty and efficacy had it been pretended to by Mr. Steele.
Página 31 - My eldest son, John, having spoken disrespectfully of his little sister whom I keep by me in spirits of wine, and in many other instances behaved himself undutifully towards me, I do disinherit, and wholly cut off from any part of this my personal estate, by giving him a single cockle-shell.
Página 94 - ... peace, which I believe would save the lives of many brave words, as well as men. The war has introduced abundance of polysyllables, which will never be able to live many more campaigns. Speculations...
Página 51 - Thus that facetious divine, Dr. Fuller, speaking of the town of Banbury, near a hundred years ago, tells us, it was a place famous for cakes and zeal, which I find by my glass is true to this day, as to the latter part of this description ; though I must confess, it is not in the same reputation for cakes that it was in the time of that learned author...
Página 41 - He then showed me what he thought the finest of his tulips; which I found received all their value from their rarity and oddness, and put me in mind of your great fortunes, which are not always the greatest beauties.
Página 93 - This letter is in every point an admirable pattern of the present polite way of writing ; nor is it of less authority for being an epistle. You may gather every flower...
Página 203 - At about half a mile's distance from our cabin, we heard the groanings of a bear, which at first startled us ; but upon inquiry we were informed by some of our company that he was dead, and now lay in salt, having been killed upon that very spot about a fortnight before in the time of the frost . Not far from the same place we were likewise entertained with some posthumous snarls and barkings of a fox. ' We at length arrived at the little Dutch settlement, and upon entering the room, found it filled...
Página 69 - If the doctor had called them his Carminative Pills, he had been as cleanly as any one could have wished; but the second word entirely destroys the decency of the first. There are other absurdities of this nature so very gross, that I dare not mention them ; and shall therefore dismiss this subject with a public admonition to Michael Parrot, That he do not presume any more to mention a certain worm he knows of, which, by the way, has grown seven foot in my memory ; for, if I am.

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