Memoirs of the Political and Private Life of James Caulfield: Earl of Charlemont, Knight of St. Patrick
T. Cadell and W. Davies, 1810 - 443 pages
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Page 8 - His eyes vacant and spiritless ; and the corpulence of his whole person was far better fitted to communicate the idea of a turtle-eating alderman than of a refined philosopher.
Page 121 - In London, where he often did me the honour to communicate the manuscripts of his additional essays, before their publication, I have sometimes, in the course of our intimacy, asked him whether he thought that, if his opinions were universally to take place, mankind would not be rendered more unhappy than they now were; and whether he did not suppose that the curb of religion was necessary to human nature?
Page 178 - I fancy it will be a very pretty book. Goldsmith has written a prologue for Mrs. Yates, which she spoke this evening before the opera. It is very good. You will see it soon in all the newspapers, otherwise I would send it to you.
Page 343 - ... concerning him, and his family, stated, that his sister, Mrs. Anne Pitt, used often in her altercations with him to say, " That he knew nothing whatever, except Spenser's Fairy Queen." " And," continued Mr. Burke, " no matter how that was said; but wh ever relishes^ and reads Spenser, as he ought to be read, will have a strong hold of the English language.
Page 294 - Parliament to supply the defect of the personal exercise of the royal authority, was asserted by considerable majorities. The proceedings subsequent to this business, Mr. Pitt's letter to the Prince of Wales, the answer of his Royal Highness, in every respect so dignified and so becoming;* his nomination to the Regency, with the limitations and restrictions annexed to the discharge of that high trust, are all amply detailed elsewhere.
Page 33 - Before we could overcome our surprize, it was greatly increased by the entrance of the president, whose appearance and manner was totally opposite to the idea which we had formed to ourselves of him ; instead of a grave, austere philosopher, whose presence might strike with awe such boys as we were, the person who now addressed us was a gay, polite, sprightly Frenchman; who, after a thousand genteel compliments, and a thousand thanks for the honour we had done him, desired to know whether we would...
Page 418 - ... it. I do most sincerely hope, that he may hit upon some line that may be drawn honourably and advantageously for both countries, and that, when that is done, he will...
Page 231 - The slight mark of your Lordship's remembrance of an old friend, in the end of your Lordship's letter to Lord Rockingham, gave me very great satisfaction. It was always an object of my ambition to stand well with you, I ever esteemed and admired your public and private virtues, which have at length produced all the effects which virtue can produce on this side of the grave, in the universal love of your countrymen. I assure you, my Lord...
Page 109 - Lordship's account of him, he possessed an exquisite taste, various accomplishments, and the most perfect good breeding. He was eccentric, often querulous, entertaining a contempt for the generality of the world, which the politeness of his manners could not always conceal; but to those whom he liked, most generous and friendly.
Page 320 - The spirit it is impossible not to admire ; but the old Parisian ferocity has broken out in a shocking manner. It is true, that this may be no more than a sudden explosion ; if so, no indication can be taken from it; but if it should be character, rather than accident, then that people are not fit for liberty, and must have a strong hand, like that of their former masters, to coerce them.