Diary and Correspondence of John Evelyn, F. R. S.: To which is Subjoined the Private Correspondence Between King Charles I. and Sir Edward Nicholas, and Between Sir Edward Hyde, Afterwards Earl of Clarendon, and Sir Richard Browne, Volume 1

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Henry Colburn, publisher, 1850

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Page 433 - The work is written by a lady of considerable learning, indefatigable industry, and careful judgment. All these qualifications for a biographer and an historian she has brought to bear upon the subject of her volumes, and from them has resulted a narrative interesting to all, and more particularly interesting to that portion of the community to •whom the more refined researches of literature afford pleasure and instruction. The whole work should be read, and no doubt will be read, by all who are...
Page 432 - The best book of its kind in the English language. The new matter is extremely curious, and occasionally far more characteristic and entertaining than the old. The writer is seen in a clearer light, and the reader is taken into his inmost soul. * Pepys' Diary" is the ablest picture of the age in which the writer lived, and a work of standard importance in English literature.
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Page 333 - ... hung with tapestry, fountains running with wine; the Mayor, Aldermen, and all the Companies, in their liveries, chains of gold, and banners; Lords and Nobles, clad in cloth of silver, gold and velvet; the windows and balconies, all set with ladies; trumpets, music, and myriads of people flocking, even so far as from Rochester, so as they were seven hours in passing the city, even from two in the afternoon till nine at night.
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Page 432 - Diary makes us comprehend the great historical events of the age, and the people who bore a part in them, and gives us more clear glimpses into the true English life of the times than all the other memorials of them that have come down to our own.
Page 327 - I went to visit my brother in London; and, next day, to see a new opera, J after the Italian way, in recitative music and scenes, much inferior to the Italian composure and magnificence ; but it was prodigious that in a time of such public consternation such a vanity should be kept up, or permitted. I, being engaged with company, could not decently resist the going to see it, though my heart smote me for it.

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