Private Correspondence of Sarah, Duchess of Marlborough: Illustrative of the Court and Times of Queen Anne; with Her Sketches and Opinions of Her Contemporaries, and the Select Correspondence of Her Husband, John, Duke of Marlborough, Volum 2


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Pàgina 83 - tis all a cheat, Yet, fooled with hope, men favour the deceit ; Trust on, and think to-morrow will repay ; To-morrow's falser than the former day ; Lies worse ; and, while it says we shall be blest With some new joys, cuts off what we possest.
Pàgina 37 - Th' insulting tyrant, prancing o'er the field Strow'd with Rome's citizens, and drench'd in slaughter, His horse's hoofs wet with Patrician blood ! Oh, Portius ! is there not some chosen curse, Some hidden thunder in the stores of heaven, Red with uncommon wrath, to blast the man, Who owes his greatness to his country's ruin ? PORTIUS.
Pàgina 51 - Queen Anne had a person and appearance not at all ungraceful, till she grew exceeding gross and corpulent. There was something of majesty in her look, but mixed with a sullen and constant frown, that plainly betrayed a gloominess of soul, and a cloudiness of disposition within.
Pàgina 83 - All his talents lie in things only natural in boys of fifteen years old, and he is about two and fifty ; to get people into his garden and wet them with squirts, and to invite people to his country houses, and put things into their beds to make them itch, and twenty such pretty fancies like these.* 1741-2.
Pàgina 59 - ... perhaps he might have some pension from her; but that I cannot be sure of, because if he had it, it is most probable it was paid by Mrs. Masham. I will now give an account of what I knew of my Lord Halifax, who a long time was a great Whig. He was of a family, but as a younger brother, he had but 50/. a year, with which he could make no great figure. The first thing he was cried up for was something from whence he was called Mouse Montagu. I do not know any other way to describe it. But it was...
Pàgina 85 - I could not help wishing that we had had his assistance in the opposition ; for I could easily forgive him all the slaps he has given me and the Duke of Marlborough, and have thanked him heartily whenever he would please to do good. I never saw him in my life ; and though his writings have entertained me very much, yet I see he writes sometimes for interest ; for in his books he gives my Lord Oxford as great a character as if he was speaking of Socrates or Marcus Antoninus. But when I am dead, the...
Pàgina 66 - Anne was extremely well-bred : she treated her chief ladies and servants as if they had been her equals, and she never refused to give charity, when there was the least reason for any body to ask it.
Pàgina 53 - He was a man of few words, but of a remarkable thoughtfulness and sedateness of temper ; of great application to business, and of such despatch in it as to give pleasure to those who attended him upon any affair ; of wonderful frugality in the public concerns but of no great carefulness about his own. He affected being useful without popularity ; and the inconsiderable sum of money, above his paternal estate, which he left at his death, showed that he had been indeed the nation's treasurer and not...
Pàgina 99 - Robert himself, in a conversation with Sandys, was, that they might, perhaps, get the better of him, but he was sure no other Minister would ever be able to stand so long as he had done — twenty years.* The first effect of these motions seemed to be the securing of Walpole in power.
Pàgina 85 - Dean Swift gives the most exact account of kings, ministers, bishops and the courts of justice that is possible to be writ.

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