An Historical and Topographical Description of Chelsea, and Its Environs: Interspersed with Biographical Anecdotes of Illustrious and Eminent Persons who Have Resided in Chelsea During the Three Preceding Centuries, Volume 1

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T. Faulkner, 1829

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Page 87 - When I read the several dates of the tombs, of* some that died yesterday, and some six hundred years ago, I consider that great day when we shall all of us be contemporaries, and make our appearance together.
Page 313 - Alas, Sir, these are all only struggles for happiness. When I first entered Ranelagh, it gave an expansion and gay sensation to my mind, such as I never experienced anywhere else. But, as Xerxes wept when he viewed his immense army, and considered that not one of that great multitude would be alive a hundred years afterwards, so it went to my heart to consider that there was not one in all that brilliant circle, that was not afraid to go home and think ; but that the thoughts of each individual there,...
Page 209 - A curious Herbal, containing five hundred cuts of the most useful plants which are now used in the practice of physic, engraved on folio copper plûtes, afler drawings taken from the life, by Elizabeth Blackwell. To which is added, a short description of the plants, and their common uses in physic, ? vols, folio.
Page 187 - His greatest success was in characters of lower life, which he improved from the delight he took in his observations of that kind in the real world. In songs and particular dances too of humour he had no competitor.
Page 4 - The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked : who can know it ? I the Lord search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.
Page 351 - For upwards of eighty-six years I have kept my accounts exactly : I will not attempt it any longer, being satisfied with the continual conviction, that I save all- I can, and give all I can ; that is, all I have.
Page 206 - we have hitherto seen serene and quiet times under our three last sovereigns, but I must now warn you to prepare for clouds and storms. Factions arise on every side, and threaten the tranquillity of your native country. But, whatever happen, do you faithfully honour and obey your prince, and adhere to the crown. I charge you never to forsake the crown, though it should hang upon a bush.
Page 188 - In his political principles he was, in the words of sir Richard Steele, a " whig up to the head and ears ;" and so strictly was he attached to the interests of the house of Hanover, that he never let slip any occasion that presented itself of demonstrating his sentiments in that respect.
Page 87 - I consider the vanity of grieving for those whom we must quickly follow; when I see kings lying by those who deposed them, when I consider rival wits placed side by side, or the holy men that divided the world with their contests and disputes; I reflect with sorrow and astonishment on the little competitions, factions, and debates of mankind.
Page 42 - Ye living men, come view the ground, "Where you must shortly lie. 2 Princes, this clay must be your bed, In spite of all your towers! The tall, the wise, the reverend head Must lie as low as ours.

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