The Percy Anecdotes: Original and Select, Volume 18

J. Cumberland, 1826
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Page 169 - ... be choked by the thorns and brambles of early adversity, yet others will now and then strike root even in the clefts of the rock, struggle bravely up into sunshine, and spread over their steril birth-place all the beauties of vegetation.
Page 108 - Mr. enquired if there were any shoe-makers on board. The captain advanced; his appearance bespoke his office; he is an American, tall, determined, and with an eye that flashes with Algerine cruelty. He called in the Dutch language for shoe-makers, and never can I forget the scene which followed. The poor fellows came running up with unspeakable delight, no doubt anticipating a relief from their loathsome dungeon. Their clothes, if rags deserve that denomination, actually perfumed the air. Some were...
Page 37 - My father was a yeoman and had no lands of his own ; only he had a farm of three or four pounds by the year at the uttermost, and hereupon he tilled so much as kept half a dozen men. He had walk for a hundred sheep and my mother milked thirty kine...
Page 38 - He married my sisters with five pound, or twenty nobles apiece, so that he brought them up in godliness and fear of God. He kept hospitality for his poor neighbours, and some alms he gave to the poor. And all this he did...
Page 22 - His answer deserves to be remembered : " Now, Sir, you have a pleasure in " seeing my cottage and garden neat : and " why should not other squires have the same " pleasure, in seeing the cottages and gardens " as nice about them ? The poor would then " be happy ; and would love them, and the " place where they lived; but now every little " nook of land is to be let to the great farmers ; " and nothing left for the poor, but to go to
Page 169 - It is interesting to notice how some minds seem almost to create themselves, springing up under every disadvantage, and working their solitary but irresistible way through a thousand obstacles.
Page 68 - The tyrant took the ransom; and then told the father, that both the g-irl and the money belonged to him; and, therefore, she must still continue among the number of his slaves. What a picture do these facts afford of the state of Russia!
Page 54 - ... of arms were able to manufacture without machines forty years ago; and that the cotton now manufactured in the course of one year, in Great Britain, would require, without machines, sixteen millions of workmen with simple wheels. He calculates...
Page 49 - I ever saw of the kind ; I see him still at work when I go home from club, and he is at work again before his neighbors are out of bed.
Page 172 - ... to inspire them with good ones ; the consequence is, that they appear like one well-regulated family, united together by the ties of the closest affection. We heard no quarrels from the youngest to the eldest : and so strongly impressed are they with the conviction that their interest and duty are the same, and that to be happy themselves it is necessary to make those happy by whom they are surrounded, that they had no strife but in offices of kindness.

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