The Novels and Miscellaneous Works of Daniel De Foe

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Henry G. Bohn, 1854
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Page 274 - 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 256 - Johnson said, he had never heard of the book. Lord Eliot had it at Port Eliot ; but, after a good deal of enquiry, procured a copy in London, and sent it to Johnson, who told Sir Joshua Reynolds that he was going to bed when it came, but was so much pleased with it, that he sat up till he had read it through, and found in it such an air of truth, that he could not doubt of its authenticity...
Page 364 - But on his marching out of it next morning a shot in the back laid that officer dead upon the spot ; and, as it had been before concerted, the Spaniards of the place at the same time fell upon the poor weak soldiers, killing several, not even sparing their wives. This was but a prelude to their barbarity : their savage cruelty was only whetted, not glutted. They took the surviving few, hurried and dragged them up a hill a little without the villa. On the top of this hill there was a hole, or opening,...
Page 363 - ... in ready money. The Earl was not displeased at their offer, but generously made answer that he was just come from my Lord Galway's camp at Chincon, where he found they were in a likelihood of wanting bread ; and, as he imagined it might be easier to them to raise the value in corn than in ready money, if they would send to that value in corn to the Lord Galway's camp, he would be satisfied.
Page 259 - Spain ; and the chancellor used these remarkable words in expressing them : — " Had your lordship's wise counsels, particularly your advice at the council of war in Valencia, been pursued in the following campaign, the fatal battle of Almanza, and our greatest misfortunes which have since happened in Spain, had been prevented, and the design upon Toulon might have happily succeeded.
Page 329 - The next day, after the Earl of Peterborow had taken care to secure the first camp to the eastward of the town, he gave orders to the officers of the fleet to land the artillery and ammunition behind the fortress to the westward. Immediately upon the landing whereof, two mortars were fixed ; from both which we plied the fort of Monjouick furiously with our bombs. But the third or fourth day, one of our shells, fortunately lighting on their magazine of powder, blew it up, and with it the governor...
Page 258 - It is no uncommon error of judgment to maintain a priori, that a thing cannot possibly be well done, which has taken less time in doing than the person passing sentence had anticipated. There is also a certain hypocrisy in business, whether civil or military, as well as in religion, which they will do well to observe, who, not satisfied with discharging their duty, desire also the good report of men. To the want of that grave, serious, business-like deportment, which admits of no levity in the exercise...
Page 327 - When he had just turned the point of the bastion, he saw the Prince of Hesse retiring, with the men that had so rashly advanced. The earl had exchanged a very few words with him, when, from a second fire, that prince received a shot in the great...

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