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Pàgina 99 - In his character the noblest qualities of every party were combined in harmonious union. From the Parliament and from the Court, from the conventicle and from the Gothic cloister, from the gloomy and sepulchral circles of the Roundheads, and from the Christmas revel of the hospitable Cavalier, his nature selected and drew to itself whatever was great and good, while it rejected all the base and pernicious ingredients by which those finer elements were defiled. Like the Puritans, he lived " As ever...
Pàgina 83 - There may indeed be times of pressing danger, when the conservation of all demands the sacrifice of the legal rights of a few ; there may be circumstances that not only justify, but compel the temporary abandonment of constitutional forms. It has been usual for all governments during an actual rebellion , to proclaim martial law, or the suspension of civil jurisdiction.
Pàgina 98 - ... declared that he owed nothing to the great, and described the difficulties with which he had been left to struggle so forcibly and pathetically, that the ablest and most malevolent of all the enemies of his fame, Home Tooke, never could read that passage without tears.
Pàgina 95 - For accurate research or grave disquisition he was not well qualified by nature or by education. He knew nothing accurately : his reading had been desultory; nor had he meditated deeply on what he had read. He had seen much of the world ; but he had noticed and retained little more of what he had seen than some grotesque incidents and characters which had happened to strike his fancy.
Pàgina 84 - OF THE COMMA. The Comma usually separates those parts of a sentence which, though very closely connected in sense and construction, require a pause between them.
Pàgina 95 - In the succeeding six years he sent to the press some things which have survived, and many which have perished. He produced articles for reviews, magazines, and newspapers ; children's books, which, bound in gilt paper and adorned with hideous woodcuts, appeared in the window of the once far-famed shop at the corner of St. Paul's Churchyard ; An Inquiry into the State of Polite Learning in Europe...
Pàgina 88 - Those who desire to become better acquainted with this remarkable man should consult his correspondence, which is the best record of his life, and affords the most vivid representation of his character. It presents us with the progressive development of his mind and views, till the one reaches the vigour and the other the comprehensiveness for which at length they became distinguished.
Pàgina 84 - OF THE COMMA. The Comma is used to separate those parts of a sentence, which are so nearly connected in sense, as to be only one degree removed from that close connexion which admits no point. RULE I. SIMPLE SENTENCES. A simple sentence does not, in general, admit the comma ; as, " The weakest reasoners are the most positive.
Pàgina 96 - His narratives were always amusing, his descriptions always picturesque, his humour rich and joyous, yet not without an occasional tinge of amiable sadness. About everything that he wrote , serious or sportive , there was a certain natural grace and decorum, hardly to be expected from a man a great part of whose life had been passed among thieves and beggars , streetwalkers and merryandrews , in those squalid dens which are the reproach of great capitals.
Pàgina 95 - But, though his mind was very scantily stored with materials, he used what materials he had in such a way as to produce a wonderful effect. There have been many greater writers ; but perhaps no writer was ever more uniformly agreeable. His style was always pure and easy, and, on proper occasions, pointed and energetic. His narratives were always amusing, his descriptions always picturesque, his humor rich and joyous, yet not without an occasional tinge of amiable sadness.

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