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

Robert Willis Blencowe
H. Colburn, 1843

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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 93 - He got up in the progress of the wars to be a colonel, and to be con"cerned 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 206 - Portsmouth's dressing-room within her bed-chamber, where she was in her morning loose garment, her maids combing, newly out of her bed, his Majesty and the gallants standing about her : but that which engaged my curiosity was the rich and splendid furniture of this woman's apartment, now twice or thrice pulled down and rebuilt to satisfy her prodigal and expensive pleasures...
Page 135 - Essex and Halifax, being about him, thought his danger great, and their own so too; and that, if any thing happened to the king's life, the duke of Monmouth would be at the head of the nation, in opposition to the duke upon pretence of popery, and in conjunction with lord...
Page 30 - 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 42 - 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 liv - And what is above all this, govern'd by a lady, who without any shew of sollicitude, keepes every thing in such admirable order, both within and without, from the garret to the cellar, that I do not believe there is any in this nation, or in any other, that exceedes her in such exact order, without ostentation, but substantially greate and noble.
Page 15 - He was capable of great application, and was a man of a grave deportment ; but stuck at nothing, and was ashamed of nothing. He was neither loved nor trusted by any man or 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...
Page 120 - Charles ordered Sunderland to summon the duke of York privately from Brussels ; but before his arrival at Windsor, the danger was over. As a grateful tribute to the skill of his physician, Dr. Micklethwaite...
Page xliv - But the person that had the king's confidence to the highest degree was the earl of Sunderland, who, by his long experience, and his knowledge of men and things, had gained an ascendant over him, and had more credit with him than any Englishman ever had...

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