Diary of the Times of Charles the Second by the Honourable Henry Sidney, (afterwards Earl of Romney) Including His Correspondence with the Countess of Sunderland, and Other Distinguished Persons at the English Court: To which are Added, Letters Illustrative of the Times of James II and William III, Volume 1


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Page liv - I ever expected; and wonder that a man can be found in England, who has bread, that will be concerned in public business. " Had I a son, I would sooner breed him a cobbler than a courtier, and a hangman than a statesman.
Page 224 - Killigrews, the Chiffinches, and the Grammonts. They played a serviceable part in ridding the kingdom of its besotted loyalty. They saved our forefathers from the Star-chamber and the High-commission court; they laboured in their vocation against standing armies and corruption ; they pressed forward the great ultimate security of English freedom — the expulsion of the house of Stuart.
Page 23 - The grotts in the chalky rock are pretty : 'tis a romantic object, and the place altogether answers the most poetical description that can be made of solitude, precipice, prospect, or whatever can contribute to a thing so very like their imaginations.
Page 95 - He got up in the progress of the wars to be a colonel, and to be concerned in the Excise. And at the Restoration he was found to be so useful in managing the Excise, that he was put in a good place.
Page 32 - Stir up thy strength, O Lord, and come and help us; for thou givest not alway the battle to the strong, but canst save by many or by few. O let not our sins now cry against us for vengeance ; but hear us thy poor servants begging mercy, and imploring thy help, and that thou wouldest be a defence unto us against the face of the enemy. Make it appear that thou art our Saviour and mighty Deliverer, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Page 83 - It is first to be remembered that there was really and truly a popish plot in being, though not that which Titus Gates and his associates pretended to reveal...
Page 224 - We are , however, much indebted to the memory of Barbara , duchess of Cleveland , Louisa , duchess of Portsmouth , and Mrs. Eleanor Gwyn.
Page 44 - He had a wonderful vivacity, but too much levity in his thoughts. His temper was inconstant; firm, and positive for a while; but apt to change, from a giddiness of mind, rather than from any falsehood in his nature. He broke twice with the prince, after he came into a confidence with him. He employed me to reconcile him to him * for the third time: but the prince said, he could not trust him any more.
Page ix - I know you lived happily, and so as nobody but yourself could measure the contentment of it. I rejoiced at it, and did thank God for making me one of the means of procuring it for you.
Page 17 - He was capable of great application, and was a man of grave deportment, but stuck at nothing, and was ashamed of nothing. He was neither loved nor trusted by any man on any side, and he seemed to have no regard to common decencies, but sold every thing that was in his power, and sold himself so often, that at last the price fell so low that he grew useless.

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