Characters of the Kings and Queens of England: Selected from Different Histories : with Observations and Reflections, Chiefly Adapted to Common Life : and Particularly Intended for the Instruction of Youth : to which are Added Notes Historical, Volumes 1-2
G.G.J. and J. Robinson, Pater-noster-row, 1786 - Great Britain
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Page ix - The merit of this prince, both in private and public life, may, with advantage, be set in opposition to that of any monarch or citizen, which the annals of any age, or any nation, can present to us. He seems, indee"d, to be the complete model of that perfect character, which, under the denomination of a sage or wise man, the philosophers have, been fond of delineating...
Page 51 - Admonish a friend, it may be he hath not done it: and if he have done it, that he do it no more. Admonish thy friend, it may be he hath not said it: and if he have, that he speak it not again. Admonish a friend: for many times it is a slander, and believe not every tale.
Page 76 - What have you done to me?" replied coolly the prisoner: "you killed with your own hands my father, and my two brothers; and you intended to have hanged...
Page 20 - Engliih, though he owed his crown to their valour and fidelity, when the Norman lords intended to expel him from the throne. In return for this inftance of their loyalty, he took all opportunities to fleece and enflave them...
Page 159 - ... of his country. And nothing could have induced or enabled his people to bear the load of taxes with which they were encumbered in his reign, but the love and admiration of his person, the fame of his victories, and the excellent laws and regulations which the parliament enacted with his advice and concurrence.
Page x - His civil and his military virtues are almost equally the objects of our admiration ; excepting only, that the former, being more rare among princes, as well as more useful, seem chiefly to challenge our applause. Nature also, as if desirous that so bright a production of her skill should be set in the fairest light, had bestowed on him every bodily accomplishment, vigour of limbs, dignity of shape and air, with a pleasing, engaging, and open countenance.
Page 8 - Few princes have been more fortunate than this great monarch, or were better entitled to grandeur and prosperity, from the abilities and the vigour of mind which he displayed in all his conduct. His spirit was bold and enterprising, yet guided by prudence: his ambition, which was exorbitant, and lay little under the restraints of justice, still less under those of humanity, ever submitted...
Page xii - ... but no regulation redounded more to his honour and the advantage of his kingdom, than the meafures he took to prevent rapine, murder, and other outrages, which had fo long been committed with impunity. His attention ftooped even to the meaneft circumftance of his people's conveniency.
Page 100 - The only favor which the king granted his brother after his condemnation, was to leave him the choice of his death ; and he was privately drowned in a butt of malmsey in the Tower ; a whimsical choice, which implies that he had an extraordinary passion for that liquor.
Page 93 - Runnemede, between Windsor and Staines ; a place which has ever since been extremely celebrated, on account of this great event. The two parties encamped apart, like open enemies ; and after a debate of a few days, the king, with a facility somewhat suspicious, signed and sealed the charter which was required of him. This famous deed, commonly called the Great Charter, either granted or secured very important liberties and privileges to every order of men in the kingdom ; to the clergy, to the barons,...