The Works of the Rev. Jonathan Swift...

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W. Durell & Company, 1812

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Page 197 - I think Mr. St. John the greatest young man I ever knew ; wit, capacity, beauty, quickness of apprehension, good learning, and an excellent taste ; the best orator in the house of commons, admirable conversation, good nature, and good manners ; generous, and a despiser of money.
Page 277 - It is time for me to have done with the world ; and so I would if I could get into a better before I was called into the best, and not die here in a rage like a poisoned rat in a hole.
Page 80 - I should think, that in order to preserve the constitution entire in church and state, whoever has a true value for both, would be sure to avoid the extremes of whig, for the sake of the former ; and the extremes of tory, on account of the latter.
Page 279 - I am so stupid and confounded, that I cannot express the mortification I am under both in body and mind. All I caB say is, that I am not in torture; but I daily and hourly expect it. Pray let me know how your health is, and your family. I hardly understand one word I write. I am sure my days will be very few; few and miserable they must be.
Page 228 - You know how well I loved both Lord Oxford and Bolingbroke, and how dear the Duke of Ormond is to me: do you imagine I can be easy while their enemies are endeavouring to take off their heads; I nunc, et versus tecum meditare canoros...
Page 277 - I find myself disposed every year, or rather every month, to be more angry and revengeful ; and my rage is so ignoble, that it descends even to resent the folly and baseness of the enslaved people among whom I live.
Page 177 - Lewis's office came to me, and said many things, too long to repeat. I told him, I had nothing to do but go to Ireland immediately; for I could not, with any reputation, stay longer here, unless I had something honourable immediately given to me.
Page 104 - MD's letter ? one of these oddcome-shortlies. This is a week old, you see, and no farther yet. Mr Harley desired I would dine with him again today ; but I refused him, for I fell out with him yesterday, and will not see him again till he makes me amends ; and so I go to bed.
Page 235 - After his trial, the jury brought him in not guilty, although they had been culled with the utmost industry ; the chief justice sent them back nine times, and kept them eleven hours ; until being perfectly tired out, they were forced to leave the matter to the mercy of the judge, by what they call a special verdict.
Page 280 - tis his will : Let but the commons hear this testament, (Which, pardon me, I do not mean to read) And they would go and kiss dead Caesar's wounds, And dip their napkins in his sacred blood ; Yea, beg a hair of him for memory, And, dying, mention it within their wills, Bequeathing it, as a rich legacy, Unto their issue.

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