The British Essayists;: Connoisseur
J. Johnson, J. Nichols and son, R. Baldwin, F. and C. Rivington, W. Otridge and son, W.J. and J. Richardson, A. Strahan, R. Faulder, ... [and 40 others], 1808
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Strona 53 - I have often beheld two of those sages almost sinking under the weight of their packs, like pedlars among us ; who, when they met in the streets, would lay down their loads, open their sacks, and hold conversation for an hour together ; then put up their implements, help each other to resume their burthens, and take their leave.
Strona 229 - With these we may likewise rank the affected tribe of mimics, who are constantly taking off the peculiar tone of voice or gesture of their acquaintance; though they are such wretched imitators, that (like bad painters) they are frequently forced to write the name under the picture, before we can discover any likeness.
Strona 210 - ... which the damps have stained them. Sometimes, the foundation being too weak to support the steeple any longer, it has been found expedient to pull down that part of the building, and to hang the bells under a wooden shed on the ground beside it. This is the case in a parish in Norfolk, through which I lately passed, and where the clerk and the sexton, like the two figures of St. Dunstan's, serve the bells in capacity of clappers, by striking them alternately with a hammer.
Strona 208 - ... great difficulty ; so albeit beginnings of this study seem difficult, yet, when the professor of the law can dive into the depth, it is delightful, easy, and without any heavy burthen, so long as he keep himself in his own proper element.
Strona 133 - There is no mark of our confidence taken more kindly by a friend than the intrusting him with a secret, nor any which he is so likely to abuse. Confidants in general are like crazy firelocks, which are no sooner charged and cocked than the spring gives way, and the report immediately follows. Happy to have been thought worthy the confidence of one friend, they are impatient to manifest their importance to another ; till, between them and their friend and their friend's friend, the whole matter is...
Strona 213 - ... all the wives and daughters of the most topping tradesmen vie with each other every Sunday in the elegance of their apparel.
Strona 137 - ... auctioneer's ; and when you tax him with having played you false, he is heartily sorry for it, but never knew that it was to be a secret. To these I might add the character of the open and unreserved, who thinks it a breach of friendship to conceal any thing from his intimates ; and the impertinent, who having by dint of observation made himself master of your secret, imagines he may lawfully publish the knowledge it has cost him so much labour to obtain, and considers that privilege, as the...
Strona 64 - That the Earth by the continual Approaches of the Sun towards it, must in Course of Time be absorbed or swallowed up. That the Face of the Sun will, by degrees, be encrusted with its own Effluvia, and give no more Light to the World.
Strona 111 - Bachelor is not in fact a rational creature ; at least, that he has not the sense of feeling in common with the rest of mankind ; that a Bachelor may be beaten like a stock-fish ; that you may thrust pins into his legs, and wring him by the nose ; in short, that you cannot take too many liberties with a Bachelor.
Strona 211 - The tunes themselves have also been new set to jiggish measures, and the sober drawl, which used to accompany the two first staves of the hundredth psalm, with the ' Gloria Patri,' is now split into as many quavers as an Italian air.