History of England: From the Peace of Utrecht to the Peace of Versailles, 1713-1783, Volume 1

Front Cover

From inside the book

What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

Popular passages

Page 268 - Buenos Ayres. Our great successes in this year both by sea and land afforded opposite arguments to the contending parties at home. The partisans of Bute and Newcastle might boast that Victory had not resigned with Mr. Pitt. On the other hand, the followers or admirers of the Great Commoner put forth a variety of ingenious illustrations tending to prove that the honour of the recent conquests belonged in truth to him : — " The single eloquence of Mr. " Pitt, like an annihilated star, can shine many...
Page 71 - Blakeney landed with his garrison at Portsmouth than he was created an Irish Baron. General Fowke, on the contrary, was brought to trial for dis* H.
Page 211 - He had a dark brown adonis, and a cloak of black cloth with a train of five yards. Attending the funeral of a father could not be pleasant : his leg extremely bad, yet forced to stand upon it near two hours, his face bloated and distorted with his late paralytic stroke, which has affected, too, one of his eyes, and placed over the mouth of the vault, into which, in all probability, he must himself soon descend ; think how unpleasant a situation! He bore it all with a firm and unaffected countenance.
Page 35 - Graced as thou art, with all the power of words, So known, so honour'd, at the house of lords : Conspicuous scene ! another yet is nigh (More silent far,) where kings and poets lie : Where Murray (long enough his country's pride) Shall be no more than Tully or than Hyde...
Page 21 - Christianity, from the Birth of Christ to the Abolition of Paganism in the Roman Empire. 3 Vols. Post Svo. 18>. Latin Christianity, including that of the Popes to the Pontificate of Nicholas V.
Page 212 - He fell into a fit of crying the moment he came into the chapel, and flung himself back in a stall, the archbishop hovering over him with a smelling-bottle ; but in two minutes his curiosity got the better of his hypocrisy, and he ran about the chapel with his glass to spy who was or was not there, spying with one hand, and mopping his eyes with the other.
Page 241 - I am sorry for it, since otherwise he would have certainly compelled us to leave him [Has ruled us, may not I say, with a rod of iron !] But if he be resolved to assume the office of exclusively advising his Majesty and directing the operations of the War, to what purpose are we called to this Council ? When he talks of being responsible to the People, he talks the language of the House of Commons; forgets that, at this Board, he is only responsible to the King.
Page 211 - ... all this was very solemn. But the charm was the entrance of the Abbey, where we were received by the Dean and Chapter in rich robes, the choir and almsmen bearing torches; the whole Abbey so illuminated, that one saw it to greater advantage than by day; the tombs, long aisles, and fretted roof, all appearing distinctly, and with the happiest chiaroscuro.
Page 8 - If I was surprised to find him there, I was still more astonished when he acquainted me with the motives which had induced him to hazard a journey to England at this juncture. The impatience of his friends who were in exile had formed a scheme which was impracticable; but although it had been as feasible as they had represented it to him, yet no preparation had been made, nor was anything ready to carry it into execution.
Page 153 - As the evening advanced, Wolfe — heated, perhaps, by his own aspiring thoughts, and the unwonted society of statesmen — broke forth into a strain of gasconade and bravado. He drew his sword, he rapped the table with it, he flourished it round the room, he talked of the mighty things which that sword was to achieve. The two ministers sat aghast at an exhibition so unusual from any man of real sense and real spirit.

Bibliographic information