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Seite 337 - how these rascals use me ; they will not let my play run, and yet they steal my thunder ! " In Cibber's Lives of the Poets, another ludicrous anecdote of Dennis is related.
Seite 69 - Among lively men of his own time of life, Mr Pitt was always the most lively and convivial in the many hours of leisure which occur to young unoccupied men on a circuit ; and joined all the little excursions to Southampton, Weymouth, and such parties of amusement as were habitually formed. He was extremely popular.
Seite 68 - Pitt's performance continued for some days to be discussed in political circles. Lord North said of it, with generous frankness, that it was the best first speech he had ever heard. Still more emphatic was the praise of Mr. Burke. When some one in his presence spoke of Pitt as " a chip of the old block," Burke exclaimed, " He is not a chip of the old block: he is the old block itself!
Seite 324 - Puff. Gad ! now you put me in mind on't, I believe there is — but that's of no consequence — all that can be said is, that two people happened to hit on the same thought— and Shakespeare made use of it first, that's alL Sneer.
Seite 69 - Pitt made a speech which excited the admiration of the bar, and drew down very complimentary approbation from Lord Mansfield. When he first made his brilliant display in parliament, those at the bar who had seen little of him, expressed surprise ; but a few who had heard him once speak in a sort of mock debate at the Crown and Anchor tavern, when a club, called the Western Circuit Club, was dissolved, agreed that he had then displayed all the various species of eloquence for which he was afterwards...
Seite 218 - ... an admirably constructed chord, which has the finest possible effect, causing every one to feel in their hearts the power of music ; it is this indeed that is so striking. The best voices are reserved for the Miserere, which is sung with the greatest variety of effect, the voices swelling and dying away, from the softest piano to the full strength of the choir.
Seite 85 - Dissenters, as could give them any new means (if they were so disposed) of attacking the establishment : — .That the grounds on which the laws of exclusion now remaining were founded, have long been narrowed, and are since the Union removed : — That those principles, formerly held by the Catholics, which made them considered as politically dangerous, have been for a course of time gradually declining, and among the higher orders particularly :— That the obnoxious tenets are disclaimed in the...
Seite 432 - Lord Archbishop of Dublin, and Lord Chancellor of Ireland, with others of the clergy, met the mayor, and aldermen, and commons of the city, at the Tholsel, where he made a speech to them, setting forth ' how advantageous it would be to have a nursery of learning founded here ; and how kindly her majesty would take it, if they would bestow that old decayed monastery of All-Hallows, which her father, King Henry the Eighth, had, at the dissolution of the abbeys, given them, for erecting such a structure;'...
Seite 67 - He entered with the same energy into all our different amusements; we played a good deal at Goostree's, and I well remember the intense earnestness which he displayed when joining in those games of chance. He perceived their increasing fascination, and soon after suddenly abandoned them for ever.
Seite 86 - Constitution of this country, more applicable to the present circumstances, more free from objection, and more effectual in itself, than any which now exists; — and which would, at the same time, admit of extending such indulgences, as must conciliate the higher orders of the Catholics, and by furnishing to a large class of your Majesty's Irish subjects a proof of the...