A General Biographical Dictionary, 2. köide

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Whittaker and Company, 1835

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Page 17 - He has visited all Europe — not to survey the sumptuousness of palaces or the stateliness of temples ; not to make accurate measurements of the remains of ancient grandeur, nor to form a scale of the curiosity of modern art ; not to collect medals or...
Page 17 - Be of good comfort, master Ridley, and play the man. We shall this day light such a candle, by God's grace, in England, as I trust shall never be put out.
Page 23 - It was at Rome, on the 15th of October 1764, as I sat musing amidst the ruins of the Capitol, while the bare-footed friars were singing vespers in the Temple of Jupiter, that the idea of writing the decline and fall of the city first started to my mind.
Page 17 - Veritate ; if it be for thy glory, I beseech thee give me some sign from Heaven ; if not, I shall suppress it.
Page 30 - THAT HE HAD A HEAD TO CONTRIVE, A TONGUE TO PERSUADE, AND A HAND TO EXECUTE ANY MISCHIEF.
Page 30 - ... tis a soul like thine, a soul supreme, in each hard instance tried, above all pain, all passion and all pride, the rage of power, the blast of public breath, the lust of lucre and the dread of death.
Page 10 - Of the Nature and Use of Lots," a treatise historical and theological, in which he distinguishes between innocent and lawful games of cliance, and those which are unlawful or reprehensible.
Page 17 - In 1752, he published Essays on Natural History and Philosophy, containing curious microscopical observations. At the same period, he started the British Magazine, and also carried on a diurnal publication, called the Inspector. Notwithstanding his literary engagements, he was a constant attendant on every place of public amusement, where he collected, by wholesale, a great variety of private intrigue and personal scandal, which he freely retailed to the public in his Inspectors and magazines.
Page 17 - ... dropped the prosecution. Thus encouraged, he continued preaching with additional energy and boldness, and was even induced to write to the queen regent, Mary of Lorraine, a letter, in which he earnestly exhorted her to listen to the Protestant doctrines. While thus occupied, he was strongly urged to pay a visit to the English congregation at Geneva; and he accordingly departed for that place in July, 1556. He was no sooner gone, than the bishops summoned him to appear before them; and, as that...
Page 17 - ... compare and collate the distresses of all men in all countries. His plan is original ; and it is as full of genius as it is of humanity. It was a voyage of discovery, a circumnavigation of charity. Already the benefit of his labour is felt more or less in every country ; I hope he will anticipate his final reward by seeing all its effects fully realized in his own.

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