Lives of learned and eminent men, Volume 1

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Page 135 - European who set foot in the new world which he had discovered. He landed in a rich dress, and with a naked sword in his hand. His men followed, and kneeling down, they all kissed the ground which they had so long desired to see.
Page 160 - ... than he could leap the contrary way, or opposed to the wind ; an early mark of his original infantine genius. After a few years spent here, his mother took him home ; intending, as she had no other child, to have the pleasure of his company ; and that, after the manner of his father before him, he should occupy his own estate.
Page 165 - William, the office of Warden of the Mint ; in which employment he was of signal service when the money was called in to be recoined. Three years after he was appointed Master of the Mint, a place of considerable profit, which he held till his death.
Page 167 - De 1'Hospital, one of the greatest mathematicians of the age, to the English who visited him. " I represent him to myself as a celestial genius, entirely disengaged from matter.
Page 171 - It is further observed, concerning this part of his character, that he never talked either of himself or others, nor ever behaved in such a manner, as to give the most malicious censurers the least occasion even to suspect him of vanity. He was candid and affable, and always put himself upon a level with his company. He never thought either his merit or his reputation sufficient to excuse him from any of the common offices of social life. No singularities, either natural or affected, distinguished...
Page 103 - ... four hours, he committed them to the care of the keepers of his <chapel, who from time to time gave him notice how the hours went; but as in windy weather the candles were...
Page 169 - His man often said, when he has been getting up of a morning, he has sometimes begun to dress, and with one leg in his breeches sat down again on the bed, where he has remained for hours before he has got his clothes on.
Page 132 - ... strict watch, lest they should be driven ashore in the night. During this interval of suspense and expectation, no man shut his eyes ; all kept upon deck, gazing intently towards that quarter where they expected to discover the land, which had been so long the object of their wishes.
Page 163 - As he sat alone in a garden, he fell into a speculation on the power of gravity ; that as this power is not found sensibly diminished at the remotest distance from the centre of the earth to which...
Page 132 - The sailors aboard the Nigna took up the branch of a tree with red berries, perfectly fresh. The clouds around the setting sun assumed a new appearance ; the air was more mild and warm, and, during night, the wind became unequal and variable. From all...

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