A Parallel: In the Manner of Plutarch: Between a Most Celebrated Man of Florence; and One, Scarce Ever Heard Of, in England
Printed at Strawberry-Hill, by W. Robinson; and sold by Dodsley, Pall-Mall, 1758 - 104 páginas
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Página 27 - He died in his eighty-first year, on July 14, 1714. By his will he left a very fine library, of his own collection, for the use of the public, with a fund to maintain it ; and whatever should remain over, to the poor.
Página 102 - ... any thing but water and tobacco. He has a wife and four fmall children, the eldeft of them not above eight years old : and what bread they could get, he often fpared from his .own hunger, to help towards fatisfying theirs. People that live always at their eafe, do not know, and can fcarce conceive, the difficulties our poor have been forced to undergo in thefe late hard times. He himfelf aflured me, upon my mentioning this particular to him, that it was too true.
Página 26 - It is impossible, for there is but one in the world; that is in the Grand Signior's library at Constantinople, and is the seventh book on the second shelf on the right hand as you go in.
Página 7 - That he did not know how it was, but that he loved it of all things ; that he was very uneasy in the business he was in, and should be the happiest creature in the world, if he could live with him, who had always so many books about him.
Página 76 - Argument of jtfelf, for its being true. Poetry has now and then come in for Part of his Diverfion in reading ; and in particular, he had a Horace, and the Epiftles of Ovid, among his Books very early : But among them all his chief Acquaintance have been Homer, Virgil and Ogilby ; and yet as to Homer, he had gone no farther than his Iliad (1758); which he had read over many Times. The firft Day after he came to me, he defired to fee the Odyjfey; which I put into his Hands, both in the Original, and...
Página 15 - By treasuring up every thing he read in so strange a manner, or at least the subject, and all the principal parts of all the books he ran over, his head became at last, as one of his acquaintance expressed it, " an universal index both of titles and matter.
Página 101 - has reduced him so very low, that I have been informed that he has passed many and many whole days in this and the former year, without tasting anything but water and tobacco. He has a wife and four small children, the eldest of them not above eight years old ; and what bread they could get he often spared from his own hunger to help towards satisfying theirs.
Página 87 - Acquifitions is abfolutely amazing ; by the Accounts given of him, he had read almoft every thing, remembered all he had read, and had each Part of it at hand to produce whenever he was confulted about it. I doubt not but that it is the fame with the Faculties of the Mind, as it is with the Limbs of the Body, which ever is exercifed much more than the reft. It is a common Obfervation, and generally holds through the whole Sett, that a Chairman's Legs will be more mufcular in Proportion than his Arms...
Página 72 - I believe he may affirm the fame in every Thing which he has attempted ; for his Application and Attention feem to be beyond any Thing that one can well conceive of it ; without having obferved him in the Procefs of his Studies, as I have done. He is a vaft Admirer of St. Jerome; thinks him as fine a Writer as Cicero ; and that no body ever could excel him in Eloquence.
Página 28 - He received his friends, and thofe who came to confult him in any points of litterature, in a civil and obliging manner ; though in general he had almoft the air of a favage, and even affected it ; together with a cinical, or contemptuous fmile *, which fcarce rendered his look the more agreable.