Footprints of Famous Men: Designed as Incitements to Intellectual Industry

David Bogue, 1854 - 369 pàgines

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Pàgina 83 - With prospects bright upon the world he came, Pure love of virtue, strong desire of fame : Men watch'd the way his lofty mind would take, And all foretold the progress he would make.
Pàgina 119 - TO SIR JOSHUA REYNOLDS, IN LEICESTER FIELDS. " Ashbourne, in Derbyshire, July 17, 1771. " DEAR SIR, " When I came to Lichfield, I found that my portrait had been much visited, and much admired. Every man has a lurking wish to appear considerable in his native place ; and I was pleased with the dignity conferred by such a testimony of your regard.
Pàgina 343 - to perpetuate a name, which must endure while the peaceful arts " flourish, but to show that mankind have learned to honour those " who best deserve their gratitude, the king, his ministers, and " many of the nobles and commoners of the realm, raised this " monument to James Watt, who, directing the force of an " original genius, early exercised in...
Pàgina 187 - I went over to France with a view of prosecuting my studies in a country retreat ; and I there laid that plan of life which I have steadily and successfully pursued. I resolved to make a very rigid frugality supply my deficiency of fortune, to maintain unimpaired my independency, and to regard every object as contemptible, except the improvement of my talents in literature.
Pàgina 215 - ... they led, I soon perceived that inequalities of rank were a light evil compared to the inequalities of property, and those more fearful distinctions which the want of moral and intellectual culture occasions between man and man. At that time, and with those opinions, or rather feelings (for their root was in the heart and not in the understanding), I wrote ' Wat Tyler,' as one who was impatient of ' all the oppressions that are done under • the sun.
Pàgina 110 - Mansfield got by his noble connections were a few briefs in Scotch appeal cases ; and Erskine, just about the time when he was called to the bar, was heard emphatically thanking God, that, out of his own family, he did not know a lord. It would have been more to the purpose to thank God that he did know an attorney ; but he judged rightly in supposing that his noble blood would be of no avail. The reason is stated by Sergeant (the late Mr. Justice) Talfourd in his
Pàgina 318 - If I had strength enough to hold a pen, I would write how easy and pleasant a thing it is to die.
Pàgina 92 - If, however, the baneful alliance is not already formed, if this ill-omened marriage is not already solemnized, I know a just and lawful impediment, and in the name of the public safety I here forbid the Banns...
Pàgina 133 - that I was then improperly passed over ; and to receive such a distinction now, would be to acknowledge the propriety of that injustice.
Pàgina 347 - Luckily he was soon missed by his uncle, who, hearing that some vagrants had passed, pursued them, with what assistance he could find, till he overtook them in Leslie wood ; and was the happy instrument of preserving to the world a genius, which was destined, not only to extend the boundaries of science, but to enlighten and reform the commercial policy of Europe.

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