The Duchess of Kingston. The Bishop of Derry. The story of Peg Woffington. George Brummel. Paul Jones. Beckford and Fonthill abbey. Ireland and the Shakespeare forgeries. The story of Mrs. Fitzherbert. An old lady's love

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Page 182 - Teach me to feel another's woe, To hide the fault I see; That mercy I to others show, That mercy show to me.
Page 324 - written at three, four, and five o'clock (in the morning) by an octogenary pen ; a heart (as Mrs. Lee says) twenty-six years old, and as HLP feels it to be, all your own.
Page 127 - This hard case was mine, when, on the 23d of April last, I landed on St. Mary's Isle. Knowing Lord Selkirk's interest with his king, and esteeming, as I do, his private character, I wished to make him the happy instrument of alleviating the horrors of hopeless captivity, when...
Page 304 - ... and Mrs. Thrale said to him, " Sir, Miss Burney wonders at your patience with such stuff; but I tell her you are used to me, for I believe I torment you with more foolish questions than anybody else dares do." " No, madam," said he, " you don't torment me ; — you tease me, indeed, sometimes." "Ay, so I do, Dr. Johnson, and I wonder you bear with my nonsense.
Page 69 - If I were a woman, I would kiss as many of you as had beards that pleased me, complexions that liked me, and breaths that I defied not...
Page 69 - The audience of course applauded until she was out of sight, and then sank into awful looks of astonishment, both young and old, before and behind the curtain, to see one of the most handsome women of the age, a favourite principal actress, and who had for several seasons given high entertainment, struck so suddenly by the hand of death, in such a situation of time and place, and in her prime of life, being then about forty-four.* She was given over that night, and for several days, yet so far recovered...
Page 148 - Richard, gained thereby several times an advantageous situation, in spite of my best endeavours to prevent it. As I had to deal with an enemy of greatly superior force, I was under the necessity of closing with him, to prevent the advantage which he had over me in point of manoeuvre. It was my intention to lay the Bon Homme Richard athwart the enemy's bow; but as that operation required great dexterity in the management of both sails and helm, and some of our braces being shot away, it did not exactly...
Page 237 - I then discovered, to my surprise, that there was hardly a page which did not present, in a handwriting of the time, some emendations in the pointing or in the text, while on most of them they were frequent, and on many numerous.

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