The History of the County of Lincoln: From the Earliest Period to the Present Time

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Page 310 - I do not know what I may appear to the world, but to myself I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the sea-shore, and diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me.
Page 344 - John Wesley remembered this providential deliverance through life with the deepest gratitude. In reference to it he had a house in flames engraved as an emblem under one of his portraits, with these words for the motto, " Is not this a brand plucked out of the burning...
Page 309 - Bishop Atterbury asserts, on the other hand, that the lively and piercing eye did not belong to Sir Isaac during the last twenty years of his life. " Indeed," says he, " in the whole air of his face and make there was nothing of that penetrating sagacity which appears in his compositions. He had something rather languid in his look and manner, which did not raise any great expectation in those who did not know him.
Page 84 - Kingdom, or that he ought not to enjoy the same, here is his Champion, who saith that he lieth, and is a false traitor ; being ready in person to combat with him, and in this quarrel will adventure his life against him on what day soever he shall be appointed.
Page 344 - He ran to the door, and finding it impossible to escape that way, climbed upon a chest which stood near the window, and he was then seen from the yard. There was no time for procuring a ladder, but it was happily a low house : one man was hoisted upon the shoulders of another, and...
Page 300 - For after we had stood a little, above musket-shot the one body from the other; and the dragooners had fired on both sides, for the space of half an hour or more ; they not advancing towards us, we agreed to charge them. And, advancing the body after many shots on both sides, we came on with our troops a pretty round trot...
Page 155 - It was a common report in Lincolnshire, that a large extent of islets of moor, situated along its coast, and visible only at the lowest ebbs of the year, was chiefly composed of decayed trees. These islets are marked in Mitchell's chart of that coast, by the name of clay huts ; and the village of Huttoft, opposite to which they principally lie, seems to have derived its name from them. In the month of September 1796, I went to Sutton, on the coast of Lincolnshire, in company with Sir Joseph Banks,...
Page 307 - Tis built of stone, as is the way of the country hereabouts, and a reasonable good one. They led me up stairs and showed me Sir Isaac's study, where I suppose he studied when in the country in his younger days, or perhaps when he visited his mother from the University. I observed the shelves were of his own making, being pieces of deal boxes which probably he sent his books and clothes down in on those occasions.
Page 346 - TO THE MEMORY OF THE VENERABLE JOHN WESLEY, AM, LATE FELLOW OF LINCOLN COLLEGE, OXFORD. This great Light arose, by the singular providence of God, to enlighten these Nations, and to revive, enforce, and defend the pure apostolical doctrines and practices of the Primitive Church...
Page 117 - ... as an army still along with him ; he took no account either of his receipts or disbursements : he daily wasted his estate, and delighted more in falconers and huntsmen than in the tillers of land, or heaven's orators, the ministers : he was much given to his belly, whereby in time he grew so fat that he could scarce crawl : he had many bastard sons and bastard daughters, but they were almost all swept away by sundry misfortunes.

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