Table Talk of John Selden

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Quaritch, 1927 - Antiquarians - 200 pages

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Page 178 - was a person whom no character can flatter, or transmit in any expressions equal to his merit and virtue.
Page 195 - ... which we call the Year Books ; and it is difficult to see how in present circumstances he could know much more of them than he does. Yet these mediaeval manuscripts are of supreme importance not only to the legal historian and to the lawyer, but to the general historian of mediaeval England, to the historian of morals, to the philologist— testibus Skeat and Paul Meyer — to every one, in short, who would fully know or fully tell the tale of our peoples, and would learn why the things that...
Page 97 - Fleet-street, and sit upon a stall, and twirl a bandstring, or play with a rush, then all the boys in the street would laugh at him. 6. Verse proves nothing but the quantity of syllables, they are not meant for logic.
Page 35 - Some men make it a case of conscience, whether a man may have a pigeon-house, because his pigeons eat other folks corn. But there is no such thing as conscience in the business : the matter is, whether he be a man of such quality, that the state allows him to have a dove-house ; if so, there's an end of the business ; his pigeons have a right to eat where they please themselves.
Page 178 - Stand forth my object, then. You that have been Ever at home, yet have all countries seen ; And like a compass, keeping one foot still Upon your centre, do your circle fill Of general knowledge; watch'd men, manners too, Heard what times past have said, seen what ours do!
Page 196 - The Selden Society is trying, so far as its scanty financial resources allow it, to have these invaluable sources of information edited and printed, and so put at the service of all who care to know more of our national history than they can know at present. Then, besides the publication of the Year Books, the Selden Society cares for the editing and printing of various other manuscripts dealing with our early legal history and procedure. Amongst these are several volumes of select pleas held in...
Page 126 - There must be some laymen in the synod, to overlook the clergy, lest they spoil the civil work ; just as when the good woman puts a cat into the milk-house to kill a mouse, she sends her maid to look after the cat, lest the cat should eat up the cream.
Page 61 - A king is a thing men have made for their own sakes, for quietness sake : just as in a family one man is appointed to buy the meat ; if every man should buy, or if there were many buyers, they would never agree ; one would buy what the other liked not, or what the other had bought before ; so there would be a confusion. But that charge being committed to one, he, according to his discretion, pleases all ; if they have not what they would have one day, they shall have it the next, or something as...
Page 44 - Excuse me, said the Don, for calling him so, I know not into what hands I may fall ; and if I happen into his, I hope he will use me the better for giving him good words.

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