The Lives of the Right Hon. Francis North, Baron Guilford, Lord Keeper of the Great Seal, Under King Charles II and King James II.: The Hon. Sir Dudley North, Commissioner of the Customs, and Afterwards of the Treasury, to King Charles II. And the Hon. and Rev. Dr. John North, Master of Trinity College, Cambridge, and Clerk of the Closet to King Charles II.
Henry Colburn, 1826
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Страница 57 - Nor chose alone, but turn'd the balance too; So much the weight of one brave man can do. Hushai, the friend of David in distress; In public storms, of manly steadfastness: By foreign treaties he inform'd his youth, And join'd experience to his native truth.
Страница 42 - He appeared very ambitious to learn to write ; and one of the attorneys got a board knocked up at a window on the top of a stair-case ; and that was his desk, where he sat and wrote after copies of court and other hands the clerks gave him. He made himself so expert a writer that he took in business, and earned some pence by hackney- writing. And thus by degrees he pushed his faculties, and fell to forms, and, by books that were lent him, became an exquisite entering clerk...
Страница 31 - No one that had any expectations from him was safe from his public contempt and derision which some of his minions at the bar bitterly felt. Those above or that could hurt or benefit him, and none else, might depend on fair quarter at his hands. When he was in temper and matters indifferent came before him, he became his seat of justice better than any other I ever saw in his place. He took a pleasure in mortifying fraudulent attorneys and would deal forth his severities with a sort of majesty. He...
Страница 54 - Jotham of piercing wit and pregnant thought, Endued by nature and by learning taught To move assemblies...
Страница 32 - ... forth his severities with a sort of majesty. He had extraordinary natural abilities, but little acquired, beyond what practice in affairs had supplied. He talked fluently, and with spirit ; and his weakness was, that he could not reprehend without scolding, and in such Billingsgate language, as should not come out of the mouth of any man. He called it " giving a lick with the rough side of his tongue.
Страница 33 - ... morning, and, after eleven, he hath come out inflamed and staring like one distracted. And that visage he put on when he animadverted on such as he took offence at, which made him a terror to real offenders ; whom also he terrified with his face and voice, as if the thunder of the day of judgment broke over their heads : and nothing ever made men tremble like his vocal inflictions. He loved to insult, and was bold without check , but that only when his place was uppermost.
Страница 34 - I have heard much of that monster, but never saw one. Come forth, Mr. Trimmer, turn you round, and let us see your shape :" and, at that rate, talked so long that the poor fellow was ready to drop under him ; but, at last, the bill was dismissed VOL. II. D with costs, and he went his way. In the hall, one of his friends asked him how he came off?
Страница 289 - had a strange bent to traffic and, while he was at school, drove a subtle trade among the boys by buying and selling. In short, it was considered that he had learning enough for a merchant but not phlegm enough for any sedentary profession.
Страница 101 - Trimmer ' signifieth no more than this, that if men are together in a boat, and one part of the company would weigh it down on one side, another would make it lean as much to the contrary ; it happeneth there is a third opinion of those who conceive it would do as well if the boat went even, without endangering the passengers.