A Memoir of the Right Honourable Hugh Elliot

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Side 406 - The governments of the smaller islands were formed in times when many of the proprietors lived upon their estates, and the white population was, in some instances, perhaps ten times as numerous as it now is. Of the few white inhabitants who remain, managers, overseers, self-created lawyers, self-educated physicians, and adventurous merchants, with little real capital and scanty credit, compose the greatest part. The acquirements of education among many of this description of persons, are very unequal...
Side 97 - Upon her face there was the tint of grief, The settled shadow of an inward strife, And an unquiet drooping of the eye, As if its lid were charged with unshed tears.
Side 134 - Alas ! — how light a cause may move Dissension between hearts that love ! Hearts that the world in vain had tried, And sorrow but more closely tied ; That stood the storm, when waves were rough, Yet in a sunny hour fall off, Like ships that have gone down at sea, When heaven was all tranquillity...
Side 126 - Why, madam," said he with wonderful readiness, "it is called a stifled sigh because it is checked in its progress, and only half a colour.
Side 423 - Les hommes ont plus de timidité dans l'esprit que dans le cœur; et les esclaves volontaires font plus de tyrans que les tyrans ne font d'esclaves forcés.
Side 155 - It is almost certain that a man without a garden goes to the public house; and he cannot do so without spending money, which would be useful on his children's back, or in the purchase of household comforts. Many an industrious man, unused to tippling, has been totally ruined by his leisure; and "it is much to be regretted that there are no means of profitably employing the interval between business and bed time. If a man has his garden, he blends amusement with labour, and profit with both. Gardening...
Side 243 - Reduce the glittering trappings of thy wife To humble weeds, fit for thy little state; Then to some suburb cottage both retire; Drudge, to feed loathsome life : get brats, and starve — Home, home, I say. (Exit Priuli.) Jaff.
Side 285 - I brought him with me the other day to Bath, where he made such hasty love to Harriet, whom he had little doubt of subduing in a week, and where he so totally silenced my John Bull wife, who understands a Frenchman no better than Molly housemaid, where he so scared my little boy with caressing him, so completely disposed of me from breakfast to supper, and so astonished all our friends, that I could hardly keep the peace in his favour...
Side 285 - He is very much ripened in his abilities, which are really considerable, and has acquired a great store of knowledge Mirabeau is as overbearing in his conversation as awkward in his graces, as ugly and misshapen in face and person, as dirty in his dress, and withal as perfectly suffisant, as we remember him twenty years ago at school. I loved him, however, then, and so did you, though, as he confesses, you sometimes...
Side 406 - ... addresses, and on all occasions meant to meet the public eye at home. To collect from such a state of society men fit to be legislators, judges, or jurymen, is perfectly impracticable ; individual interest, personal influence, animosity of party feuds, weigh down the scale of justice, and divert the course of legislative authority into acts of arbitrary and unjustifiable power, cloaked under the semblance and dignified with the name of constitutional acts.

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