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Página 449 - Confirming this and none other to be my last will and testament in testimony whereof I Have Hereunto set my Hand and affixed my seal this twenty ninth day of August in the year of our Lord one Thousand Eight Hundred and Eight...
Página 207 - We were received in the most gracious manner possible, by both their Majesties. I had the honour of a conversation with them, (nobody else being present, but Dr Majendie) for upwards of an hour, on a great variety of topics, in which both the King and Queen joined, with a degree of cheerfulness, affability, and ease, that was to me surprising, and soon dissipated the embarrassment which I felt, at the beginning of the conference. They both complimented me, in the highest terms, on my
Página 207 - The Doctor and I waited a considerable time (for the King was busy), and then we were called into a large room, furnished as a library, where the King was walking about, and the Queen sitting in a chair. We were received in the most gracious manner possible, by both their Majesties. I had the honour of a conversation with them (nobody else being present, but Dr. Majendie) for upwards of an hour, on a great variety of topics...
Página 207 - At twelve, the Doctor and I went to the King's house, at Kew. We had been only a few minutes in the hall, when the King and Queen came in from an airing; and, as they passed through the hall, the King called to me by name, and asked how long it was since I came from town. I answered, about an hour. ' I shall see you,' says he,
Página 244 - Madrid, he entered1598' the list with several authors, and overpowered them all with the number if not with the merit of his performances. Prizes had been assigned for every style of poetry, but above one could not be obtained by the same person. Lope succeeded in the hymns ; but his fertile muse, not content -with producing a poem of ten cantos in short verse, as well as innumerable sonnets and romances, and two comedies on the subject, celebrated by an act of supererogation both the saint and the...
Página 207 - Essay, which, they said, was a book they always kept by them ; and the King said he had one copy of it at Kew, and another in town, and immediately went and took it down from a shelf. I found it was the second edition. ' I never stole a book but one,' said his Majesty, ' and that was yours (speaking to me); I stole it from the Queen, to give it to Lord Hertford to read.
Página 207 - ... five or six years. He asked about my poems. I said, there was only one poem of my own, on which I set any value (meaning the Minstrel), and that it was first published about the same time with the Essay.
Página 207 - Edinburgh last summer, and how Mr. Hume was offended on the score of my book. He asked many questions about the second part of the Essay, and when it would be ready for the press. I gave him, in a short speech, an account of the plan of it; and said, my health was so precarious I could not tell when it would be ready...
Página 246 - ... 1635, when religious thoughts had rendered him so hypochondriac that he could hardly be considered as in full possession of his understanding. On the 22d of August, which was Friday, he felt himself more than usually oppressed in spirits and weak with age; but he was so much more anxious about the health of his soul than of his body, that he would not avail himself of the privilege to which his infirmities entitled him, of eating meat: and even resumed the flagellation, to which he had accustomed...
Página 209 - There is something wonderfully captivating in her manner ; so that if she were only of the rank of a private gentlewoman, one could not help taking notice of her, as one of the most agreeable women in the world. Her face is much more pleasing than any of her pictures ; and in the expression of her eyes, and in her smile, there is something peculiarly engaging. When the Doctor and I came out, 'Pray,

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