John Wilkes: A Political Reformer of the Eighteenth Century ...

G. Gregory, 1888 - 138 pages
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Page 26 - Every friend of his country must lament that a prince of so many great and amiable qualities, whom England truly reveres, can be brought to give the sanction of his sacred name to the most odious measures, and to the most unjustifiable, public declarations, from a throne ever renowned for truth, honour, and unsullied virtue.
Page 94 - Here let those reign, whom pensions can incite To vote a patriot black, a courtier white; Explain their country's dear-bought rights away...
Page 98 - Mr. Wilkes was very assiduous in helping him to some fine veal. " Pray give me leave, Sir; — It is better here — A little of the brown — Some fat, Sir — A little of the stuffing — Some gravy — Let me have the pleasure of giving you some butter — Allow me to recommend a squeeze of this orange ; — or the lemon, perhaps, may have more zest." — "Sir, Sir, I am obliged to you, Sir...
Page 97 - Provided, Sir, I suppose that the company which he is to have, is agreeable to you." JOHNSON: " What do you mean, Sir? What do you take me for? Do you think I am so ignorant of the world as to imagine that I am to prescribe to a gentleman what company he is to have at his table?
Page 94 - Vitus's dance, his rolling walk, his blinking eye, the outward signs which too clearly marked his approbation of his dinner, his insatiable appetite for fish-sauce and vealpie with plums, his inextinguishable thirst for tea, his trick of touching the posts as he walked, his mysterious practice of treasuring up scraps of...
Page 28 - ... it not notorious that in the reduction of the army not the least attention has been paid to it? Many unnecessary expenses have been incurred, only to increase the power of the Crown, that is, to create more lucrative jobs for the creatures of the minister ? The...
Page 93 - PENSION [an allowance made to any one without an equivalent. In England it is generally understood to mean pay given to a state hireling for treason to his country'].
Page 94 - ... his puffings, his vigorous, acute, and ready eloquence, his sarcastic wit, his vehemence, his insolence, his fits of tempestuous rage, his queer inmates, old Mr. Levett and blind Mrs. Williams, the cat Hodge and the negro Frank — all are as familiar to us as the objects by which we have been surrounded from childhood.
Page 97 - What do you mean, Sir ? What do you take me for? Do you think I am so ignorant of the world as to imagine that I am to prescribe to a gentleman what company he is to have at his table ?
Page 28 - ... relative to cessions, commerce, and the Fishery, remain as they were, with respect to the French. The proud and feeble Spaniard too does not renounce, but, only desists from all pretensions, which he may have formed, to the right of Fishing — where? only about the is1 ' ' 27 Newfoundland — till a favourable opportunity arises of insisting on it, there, as well as elsewhere.

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