The Memoirs of Captain George Carleton: and The Life and Adventures of Mrs. Christian Davies

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D. A. Talboys, 1840 - 418 pages
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Page 244 - The Lord giveth, and the Lord ' taketh away ; blessed be the name of the Lord.
Page xvii - Knows every prince in Europe's face, Flies like a squib from place to place, And travels not, but runs a race. From Paris gazette a-la-main, This day arriv'd, without his train, Mordanto in a week from Spain. A messenger comes all a-reek Mordanto at Madrid to seek ; He left the town above a week.
Page 270 - Deinse; the governors of which places wanted courage to defend them, which puts me in mind of a proverb, that it is better to have a lion at the head of an army of sheep, than a sheep at the head of an army of lions.
Page xix - There my retreat the best companions grace, Chiefs out of war, and statesmen out of place: There St. John mingles with my friendly bowl The feast of reason and the flow of soul: And he, whose lightning pierced the' Iberian lines, Now forms my quincunx, and now ranks my vines; Or tames the genius of the stubborn plain, Almost as quickly as he conquer'd Spain.
Page xix - A fiery soul, which, working out its way, Fretted the pigmy body to decay, And o'er-informed the tenement of clay...
Page xxvi - Memoirs was born at Ewelme in Oxfordshire, descended from an ancient and an honourable family. The lord Dudley Carleton, who died secretaty of state to king Charles I., was his great uncle; and in the same reign his father was envoy at the court of Madrid, whilst his uncle, sir Dudley Carleton, was ambassador to the states of Holland; men in those days respected both for their abilities and loyalty.
Page xvi - MORDANTO fills the trump of fame", The christian worlds his deeds proclaim, And prints are crowded with his name. In journeys he outrides the post, Sits up till midnight with his host, Talks politics, and gives the toast.
Page 5 - There is a bravery of mind which I fancy few of those gentlemen duellists are possessed of. True courage cannot proceed from what Sir Walter Raleigh finely calls the art or philosophy of quarrel. No ! It must be the issue of principle, and can have no other basis than a steady tenet of religion.
Page 21 - I had the curiosity to advance a little further, when, at the mouth of the oven, which had not yet wholly lost its heat, I spied the corpse of a man so bloated, swollen and parched, as left me little room to doubt that the oven had been the scene of his destiny.
Page 235 - COURAGE and personal BRAVERY. Taken from her own Mouth when A Pensioner of Chelsea-Hospital, And known to be true by Many who were engaged in those great Scenes of ACTION. * LONDON: Printed for and Sold by R. MONTAGU, at the BookWare-House, in Great Wylde-Street, 1740. PREFACE. IN the following life of Mrs. CHRISTIAN DA VIES, taken from her own mouth, we may remark examples of uncommon intrepidity but rarely found in the fair sex.

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