The Prose Works of Jonathan Swift, Volume 2

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Page 148 - I called at Mr Secretary's, to see what the D ailed him on Sunday ; I made him a very proper speech, told him I observed he was much out of temper : that I did not expect he would tell me the cause, but would be glad to see he was in better ; and one thing I warned him of, never to appear cold to me, for I would not be treated like a schoolboy; that I had felt too much of that in my life already...
Page 149 - Don't you remember how I used to be in pain when Sir William Temple would look cold and out of humour for three or four days, and I used to suspect a hundred reasons ? I have plucked up my spirit since then, faith ; he spoiled a fine gentleman.
Page 392 - BEFORE this comes to your hands you will have heard of the most terrible accident that hath almost ever happened. This morning at eight my man brought me word that Duke Hamilton had fought with Lord Mohun, and killed him, and was brought home wounded. I immediately sent him to the Duke's house, in St. James's Square ; but the porter could hardly answer for tears, and a great rabble was about the house.
Page 114 - I would but come and see him ; but I won't, and he shall do it by message, or I will cast him off. I will tell you the cause of our quarrel when I see you, and refer it to yourselves. In that he did something, which he intended for a favour, and I have taken it quite otherwise, disliking both the thing and the manner, and it has heartily vexed me ; and all I have said is truth, though it looks like jest : and I absolutely refused to submit to his intended favour, and expect farther satisfaction.
Page 75 - Mr. Addison and I are different as black and white, and I believe our friendship will go off, by this damned business of party : he cannot bear seeing me fall in so with this ministry ; but I love him still as well as ever, though we seldom meet.
Page 72 - Stay," he writes one morning — it is the 14th of December, 1710 —" Stay, I will answer some of your letter this morning in bed — let me see. Come and appear little letter! Here I am says he, and what say you to Stella this morning fresh and fasting? And can Stella read this writing without hurting her dear eyes?" he goes on, after more kind prattle and fond whispering. The dear eyes shine clearly upon him then — the good angel of his life is with him and blessing him.
Page 37 - ... will ; but if things stand as they are, he will certainly lose it, unless I save him ; and therefore I will not speak to him, that I may not report to his disadvantage. Is not this vexatious ? and is there so much in the proverb of proffered service ? When shall I grow wise ? I endeavour to act in the most exact points of honour and conscience, and my nearest friends will not understand it so. What must a man expect from his enemies ? This would vex me, but it shall not ; and so I bid you good...
Page 18 - I lodge in Bury Street, where I removed a week ago. I have the first floor, a dining-room, and bed-chamber at eight shillings a week ; plaguy deep, but I spend nothing for eating, never go to a tavern, and very seldom in a coach ; yet after all it will be expensive.
Page 177 - My way is this : I leave my best gown and periwig at Mrs. Vanhomrigh's, then walk up the Pall Mall, through the Park, out at Buckingham House, and so to Chelsea, a little beyond the church...
Page 296 - For, yesterday, when the queen was going from the House, where she sat to hear the debate, the Duke of Shrewsbury, lord chamberlain, asked her, ' Whether he or the great chamberlain Lindsay ought to lead her out ? ' She answered short,

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