William Lilly's History of His Life and Times from the Year 1602 to 1681

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Re-printed for C. Baldwin, 1822 - 260 pages

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Page 235 - Marchiston, made public his logarithms, Mr Briggs, then reader of the astronomy lectures at Gresham College, in London, was so surprised with admiration of them, that he could have no quietness in himself until he had seen that noble person...
Page 35 - Lilly, almost as great a knave himself) " with a very good report of the neighbourhood, especially of the poor, unto whom he was charitable. He was a person that in horary questions, especially thefts, was very judicious and fortunate, so also in sicknesses, which indeed was his master-piece. In resolving questions about marriage, he had good success ; in other questions, very moderate.
Page 185 - Thus saith the Lord, Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them.
Page 75 - Ptolomy, which he well understood ; he had a hand in composing Sir Christopher Heydon's defence of judicial astrology, being that time his chaplain ; he was so given over to tobacco and drink, that when he had no tobacco, he would cut the bell-ropes and smoke them.
Page 236 - ... spoke. At last Mr. Briggs began : ' My lord, I have undertaken this long journey purposely to see your person, and to know by what engine of wit or ingenuity you came first to think of this most excellent help into astronomy, viz. the logarithms ; but, my lord, being by you found out, I wonder no body else found it out before, when now known it is so easy.
Page 218 - Brooke spoke to this purpose : — " ' Mr. Lilly, this Committee thought fit to summon you to appear before them this day, to know, if you can say anything as to the cause of the late fire, or whether there might be any design therein. You are called the rather hither, because, in a book of your's long since printed, you hinted some such thing by one of your hieroglyphics.
Page 51 - This servant gave me encouragement to give the onset : I was much perplexed hereat, for should I attempt her, and be slighted, she would never care for me afterwards ; but again, I considered that if I should attempt and fail, she would never speak of it ; or would any believe I durst be so audacious as to propound such a question, the disproportion of years and fortune being so great betwixt us ? However, all her talk was of husbands ; and in my presence saying one day after dinner, she respected...
Page 22 - If any minister came to examine us, I was brought forth against him, nor would I argue with him unless in the Latin tongue, which I found few of them could well speak without breaking Priscian's head : which, if once they did, I would complain to my master, Non bent intelligit linguam Latinam, nee prorsus loquitur.
Page 37 - There is another figure concerning one Sir Ayre his going into Turkey, whether it would be a good voyage or not : the doctor repeats all his astrological reasons, and musters them together, and then gave his judgment it would be a fortunate voyage. But under this figure he concludes, ' this proved not so, for he was taken prisoner by pirates ere he arrived in Turkey, and lost all.
Page 39 - Leicestershire, having had some liberal favours both from his lady and her daughters, bragged of it, &c. The Knight brought him into the star-chamber, had his servant sentenced to be pilloried, whipped, and afterwards, during life, to be imprisoned.

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