Letters Concerning the Spanish Nation: Written at Madrid During the Years 1760 and 1761

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T. Becket and P.A. De Hondt, 1763 - Manuscripts - 354 pages
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Page 37 - THE power of this tribunal is now declining very vifibly, and feems haftening to its fall; for the prefent King of SPAIN has taken a bolder ftep to humble the inquifition, than any of the PHILIPS or CHARLES'S who went before him. The inquifitor-general having thought proper, laft year, to prohibit a liturgy which the king had licenfed, without confulting his majefty about it...
Page 343 - Ihew, convenience being liitle confidered : thus vou will pafs through ufually two or three large apartments of no ufe, in order to come at a fmall room at the end, where the family fit. This is the general ftate of the houfes there ; not but there are fome very magnificent palaces, built chiefly by viceroys, returned from their governments, and by the principal grandees : thefe have courts, and fortes cockers, though the others have not.
Page 110 - ... well avoid the aim, and are liable to be every moment overthrown with their horfes, if their attendants by their fide do, not affift them.
Page 27 - V. and his minifters, firft laid them afide, becaufe they could get no money from them : and having obtained a grant of the fale of the bull of the...
Page 109 - In the fame manner the bull was tempted to engage the other cavaliers, and always .with the fame fuccefs : till having received the honourable wounds from their lances, he was encountered by the other men on foot : who, after playing with him, with an incredible agility, as long as they think proper...
Page 344 - The houfes in general look more like prifons, than the habitations of people at their liberty ; the windows, befides having a balcony, being grated with iron bars, particularly the lower range, and fometimes all the reft. A...
Page 108 - Then came a coach with some of the great officers ; and next came the king and queen in a very sumptuous coach of blue, with all the ornaments of massive silver, and a crown at the top : the trappings of the horses were likewise silver, with large white plumes.
Page 324 - He looks minutely into moft circumftances He has made with his own hands, every part of a foldier's drefs, in order to be a judge of the true expence of their uniforms. He told the foreign Minifters one day, that he had made a pair of (hoes, Not indeed, fays he, very good Ihoes, but fuch as might be walked in...
Page 352 - ... by the fall of the roofs, and the reft burnt alive. One's imagination can fcarce form a fcene of confufion, horror, and death, more dreadful than this. 'After the...
Page 251 - Part of it is owing to the extreme avarice and extortion of our own merchants, who, not contented with moderate profits, have kept up the prices of their goods beyond their juft proportion, and thereby opened a door for the French and Dutch to underfell us at the Spanifh markets.

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