A General Biographical Dictionary, Volume 4

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H.G. Bohn, 1851

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Page 118 - He was a fellow of the royal societies of London and Edinburgh, and a member of some other learned bodies.
Page 7 - Thoughts on the constituent Parts of Water, and of dephlogisticated Air, with an Account of some Experiments on that Subject...
Page 15 - York, he published in 1779 a narrative of his observations during his captivity, which has been lately reprinted ; a vindication of the opposition of the inhabitants of Vermont to the government of New York, and their right to form an independent state, 1779; and Allen's theology, or the oracles of reason, 1786.
Page 14 - Put not your trust in princes, nor in the sons of men, for in them there is no salvation."*** He was soon able, however, to collect his courage; and he prepared himself to suffer the fatal sentence.
Page 9 - ... perspicacity. To every work he brought a memory full fraught, together with a fancy fertile of original combinations, and at once exerted the powers of the scholar, the reasoner, and the wit.
Page 185 - ... no gentleman comedian who comprised so many qualities of his art as he did, or who could diverge so well into those parts of tragedy which find a connecting link with the graver powers of the comedian in their gracefulness and humanity. He was the best Wildair, the best Archer, the best Aranza; and carrying the seriousness of Aranza a little further, or making him a tragic gentleman instead of a comic, he became the best Mortimer, and even the best Macbeth, of any performer who excelled in comedy.
Page 335 - Arch&ologia, and published a Dissertation on the modern Style of altering Cathedrals, as exemplified in the Cathedral of Salisbury (1798).
Page 9 - His abilities gave him an haughty confidence, which he disdained to conceal or mollify; and his impatience of opposition disposed him to treat his adversaries with such contemptuous superiority as made his readers commonly his enemies, and excited against the advocate the wishes of some who favoured the cause. He seems to have adopted the Roman Emperor's determination, oderint dum metuant; he used no allurements of gentle language, but wished to compel rather than persuade.
Page 9 - Roman emperor's determination, oderint dum metuant ; he used no allurements of gentle language, but wished to compel rather than persuade. His style is copious without selection, and forcible without neatness ; he took the words that presented themselves ; his diction is coarse and impure ; and his sentences are unmeasured.

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