Letters of Horace Walpole, Earl of Orford, to Sir Horace Mann, British Envoy at the Court of Tuscany, Volume 2

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G. Dearborn, 1833
 

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Pagina 122 - Galway, who go this evening to an inn ten miles out of town, where they are to play at brag till five in the morning, and then come back — I suppose, to look for the bones of their husbands and families under the rubbish.
Pagina 423 - How should I? I who have always lived in the big busy world ; who lie a-bed all the morning, calling it morning as long as you please; who sup in company; who have played at...
Pagina 130 - Quid verum atque decens euro et rogo, et omnis in hoc sum ; Condo et compono quae mox depromere possim.
Pagina 116 - MY text is not literally true ; but as far as earthquakes go towards lowering the price of wonderful commodities, to be sure we are overstocked. We have had a second, much more violent than the first; and you must not be surprised if by next post you hear of a burning mountain sprung up in Smithfield. In the night between Wednesday and Thursday last, (exactly a month since the first shock,) the earth had a shivering fit between one and two; but so slight that, if no more had followed, I don't believe...
Pagina 77 - ... with small lamps in each orange, and below them all sorts of the finest auriculas in pots; and festoons of natural flowers hanging from tree to tree. Between the arches too were firs, and smaller ones in the balconies above. There were booths for tea and wine, gamingtables and dancing, and about two thousand persons. In short, it pleased me more than anything I ever saw.
Pagina 186 - However, two nights afterwards, being left alone with her while her mother and sister were at Bedford House, he found himself so impatient that he sent for a parson. The doctor refused to perform the ceremony without licence or ring; the duke swore he would send for the archbishop.
Pagina 213 - Titian, &c., but when I gave them this air of barbarous bas-reliefs, they succeeded to a miracle : it is impossible at first sight not to conclude that they contain the history of Attila or Tottila, done about the very sera.
Pagina 436 - He wore them to Tyburn. This marked the strong impression on his mind. His mother wrote to his wife in a weak, angry style, telling her to intercede for him as her duty, and to swear to his madness. But this was not so easy ; in all her cause before the Lords she had persisted that he was not mad. Sir William Meredith, and even Lady Huntingdon, had prophesied that his courage would fail him at last, and had so much foundation, that it is certain Lord Ferrers had often been beat : but the Methodists...
Pagina 78 - The King was well disguised in an old-fashioned English habit, and much pleased with somebody who desired him to hold their cup as they were drinking tea. The Duke had a dress of the same kind, but was so immensely corpulent, that he looked like Cacofogo, the drunken Captain in Rule a Wife and Have a Wife.
Pagina 117 - Scotch plaid waistcoat,) sat under the park-wall, in his chair, and hallooed the voters on to Brentford. The Jacobites are so transported, that they are opening subscriptions for all boroughs that shall be vacant — this is wise ! They will spend their money to carry a few more seats in a Parliament, where they will never have the majority, and so have none to carry the general elections.

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