A Portion of the Journal Kept by Thomas Raikes, Esq., from 1831 to 1847, Volume 1

Longman, Brown, Green and Longmans, 1856

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Page 162 - As if increase of appetite had grown By what it fed on; and yet, within a month, Let me not think on't: Frailty, thy name is woman!
Page 90 - the most extraordinary compound of talent, wit, buffoonery, obstinacy, and good feeling — in short, a medley of the most opposite qualities, with a great preponderance of good — that I ever saw in any character in my life.
Page 236 - ... by a constant and active pressure from without to the adoption of any measures the necessity of which has not been fully proved, and which are not strictly regulated by a careful attention to the settled institutions of the country both in Church and State. On no other principle can this or any other administration be conducted with advantage or safety.
Page 284 - C'est le second événement de cette nature qui arrive au corps depuis un mois. Le premier Consul ordonne qu'il soit mis à l'ordre du jour de la Garde : Qu'un soldat doit savoir vaincre la douleur et la mélancolie des passions; qu'il ya autant de vrai courage à souffrir avec constance les peines de l'âme qu'à rester fixe sous la mitraille d'une batterie. S'abandonner au chagrin sans résister, se tuer pour s'y soustraire, c'est abandonner le champ de bataille avant d'avoir vaincu.
Page 54 - II descend le cercueil, et les roses sans taches, Qu'un père y déposa, tribut de sa douleur! Terre, tu les portas ! et maintenant tu caches Jeune fille et jeune fleur. Ah ! ne les rends jamais à ce monde profane, A ce monde de deuil, d'angoisse et de malheur . Le vent brise et flétrit, le soleil brûle et fane Jeune fille et jeune fleur. Tu dors, pauvre Élisa, si légère d'années ! Tu ne crains plus du jour le poids et la chaleur.
Page 130 - Every effort was made by her friends at the time to tranquillise her mind by representing the folly of allowing such delusions to prey upon her spirits, and she thus retired to bed ; but on the following day the family received the tidings of Sir JY having been drowned in Southampton River that very night by the oversetting of his boat, and the body was afterwards found entangled in a boat-cloak. Here is an authentic case of second sight, and of very recent date.
Page 145 - ... and accurate judgment, with a heart full of kindness, beneficence, and charity. The former was amply proved by the adroitness and tact with which she so successfully avoided all collision with the cabals and tracasseries, which for so many years unfortunately ruled in various branches of the royal family ; and the latter was attested by the constant attachment of her friends and dependents, the gratitude of her poor neighbours during her life, and the undisguised grief of all at her death. Whatever...
Page 278 - I met with Grey the other day, Who since he left the firm, Has travelled on his own account, And done, I fear, some harm ; So thought it right, where'er he went, To whisper round the ring, ' Perhaps you don't know how he lost The confidence of King.
Page 65 - They now wish for war, but of such a nature as would not render it necessary for them to go down to Parliament, and formally announce it to the country and demand supplies ; a war that might be carried on with their present maritime peace establishment: and he thinks that, if the Portuguese question was settled, and the fleet in the Tagus at liberty, they would have sufficient means to carry on their views of annoyance on Holland. "With respect to the blockade of the Dutch ports, not only would it...
Page 182 - The ministers are at their wits' ends. Lords Grey and Althorpe have been to the King to offer their resignations, which he could not receive; nor were they justified in offering to desert him. A cabinet council then was called, which lasted several hours; but the result was not known. Neither the Duke nor Peel would consent to come in at such a moment. They must see too well the dangers and difficulties that would await them. At night the public mind became more tranquil, on the idea that the ministers...