Memoirs of the court of England during the reigns of William and Mary, Queen Anne, and the first and second Georges

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Page 186 - Wharton, the scorn and wonder of our days, Whose ruling passion was the lust of praise: Born with whate'er could win it from the wise, Women and fools must like him or he dies; Though wond'ring Senates hung on all he spoke, The Club must hail him master of the joke.
Page 244 - I live a rent-charge on his providence: But you, whom every muse and grace adorn, Whom I foresee to better fortune born, Be kind to my remains; and oh defend, Against your judgment, your departed friend! Let not the insulting foe my fame pursue; But shade those laurels which descend to you: And take for tribute what these lines express; You merit more; nor could my love do less.
Page 336 - And sensible soft melancholy. " Has she no faults then, (Envy says) Sir ?" Yes, she has one, I must aver; When all the world conspires to praise her, The woman's deaf, and does not hear.
Page 293 - Prepar'd to leap o'er sticks, or bind them. To make the bundle strong and safe, Great Ormond, lend thy general's staff: And, if the crosier could be cramm'd in, A fig for Lechmere, King, and Hambden ! You'll then defy the strongest whig With both his hands to bend a twig; Though with united strength they all pull. From Somers, down to Craggs and Walpole.
Page 62 - Walpole informed me," writes Lord Hardwicke, " of certain passages between the King and himself, and between the Queen and the Prince, of too high and secret a nature even to be trusted to this narrative ; but from thence I found great reason to think, that this unhappy difference between the King and Queen and His Royal Highness turned upon some points of a more interesting and important nature than have hitherto appeared.
Page 198 - The Duke of Wharton has brought his Duchess to town, and is fond of her to distraction ; to break the hearts of all the other women that have any claim upon his.* He has public devotions twice a day, and assists at them in person with exemplary devotion ; and there is nothing pleasanter than the remarks of some pious ladies on the conversion of so great a sinner.
Page 125 - ... was chanted, not read ; and the anthem, besides being immeasureably tedious, would have served as well for a nuptial. The real serious part was the figure of the Duke of Cumberland, heightened by a thousand melancholy circumstances. He had a dark brown adonis, and a cloak of black cloth, with a train of five yards.
Page 69 - Miss * * * * whom he had debauched without loving, and who had been debauched without loving him, so well as either Lord Harrington or Lord Hervey, who both pretended to her first favours, had no other charms than being a maid of honour, who was willing to cease to be so upon the first opportunity.
Page 68 - ... Spitalfields, to see the manufactory of silk, and to Mr Carr's shop in the morning. In the afternoon, the same company with lady Torrington in waiting, went in private coaches to Norwood forest to see a settlement of gypsies. We...
Page 162 - Talk with him concerning public or private business, of a nice or delicate nature, he will be found confused, irresolute, continually rambling from the subject, contradicting himself almost every instant. ' Hear him speak in parliament, his manner is ungraceful, his language barbarous, his reasoning inconclusive. At the same time, he labours through all the confusion of a debate without the least distrust of his own abilities; fights boldly in the dark; never gives up the cause ; nor is he ever at...

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