The History of Scotland: During the Reigns of Queen Mary and of King James VI, Until His Accession to the Crown of England: with a Review of the Scottish History Previous to that Period: and an Appendix Containing Original Papers, Volume 1

E. and E. Hosford, 1822

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Page 114 - Protestants; hereby utterly renouncing and abjuring any obedience or allegiance unto any other person claiming or pretending a right to the crown of these realms. And I do swear, that I do reject and detest as an unchristian and impious position, that it is lawful to murder or destroy any person or persons whatsoever, for or under pretence of their being heretics...
Page 5 - ... he was possessed in Cheshire, descended to our poet, who was his eldest son, and still remain in the family.
Page 96 - From this feigned manner of falsetto, as I think the musicians call something of the same sort in singing, no one modern historian, Robertson only excepted, is perfectly free. It is assumed, I know, to give dignity and variety to the style ; but whatever success the attempt may sometimes have, it is always obtained at the expense of purity and of the graces that are natural and appropriate to our language. It is true that when the exigence calls for auxiliaries of all sorts, and common language becomes...
Page 107 - God to be necessary for the saving understanding of such things as are revealed in the word : and that there are some circumstances concerning the worship of God and government of the church, common to human actions and societies, which are to be ordered by the light of nature, and Christian prudence, according to the general rules of the word, which are always to be observed.
Page 76 - ... quietly to levy and train forces, as if they had not known •and seen against whom they were prepared. But now we are fairly committed, and I do think it fortunate that the violence of the Americans has brought matters to a crisis too soon for themselves. From the beginning of the contest I have always asserted that independence was their object. The distinction between taxation and regulation is mere folly. There is not an argument against our right of taxing, that does not conclude with tenfold...
Page 53 - But what a fancy is this you have taken of saying always an hand, an heart, an head ? Have you an ear ? Do you not know that this (n) is added before vowels to prevent the cacophony, and ought never to take place before (h) when that letter is sounded ? It is never pronounced in these words : why should it be wrote ? Thus, I should say, a history, and an historian ; and so would you too, if you had any sense.
Page 52 - What the devil had you to do with that old fashioned dangling word wherewith? I should as soon take back whereupon, whereunto, and wherewithal. I think the only tolerable decent gentleman of the family is wherein ; and I should not choose to be often seen in his company.
Page 392 - ... adversary to single combat, and, on obtaining the victory, vindicated his own honour. In almost every considerable cause, whether civil or criminal, arms were appealed to, in defence, either of the innocence or the property of the parties. Justice had seldom occasion to use her balance ; the sword alone decided every contest.
Page 12 - I have received," says Dr. Warburton, in a note addressed to Mr. Millar, " and read with great pleasure, the new History of Scotland, and will not wait for the judgment of the public to pronounce it a very excellent work. From the author's apparent love of civil and religious liberty, I suppose, that were it not for fear of offence, (which every wise man in his situation would fear to give,) he would have spoken with much more freedom of the hierarchical principles of the infant Church of Scotland.
Page 53 - That relative ought very seldom to be omitted, and is here particularly requisite to preserve a symmetry between the two members of the sentence. You omit the relative too often, which is a colloquial barbarism, as Mr. Johnson calls it. " Your periods are sometimes, though not often, too long. Suard will be embarrassed with them, as the modish French style runs into the other extreme."1 . . . 1 Considering the critical attention his historical compositions will not bear which Mr.

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