Literary Miscellanies. Calamities of Authors

Literary Miscellanies. Calamities of Authors

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1841 edition. Excerpt: ...at which, solemnly shaking his head, he told the ladies, that " he was afraid, that oftentimes, as well as now, they came to church in hopes to get husbands, rather than be instructed by the preacher;" to which he added a piece of wit, not quite decent. He congregated the trade of shoemakers, by offering to show the most expeditious method of making shoes: he held out a boot, and cut off the leg part. He gave a. lecture, which be advertised was " for the instruction of those who do not like it; it was on the philosophy, history, and great use of Nonsense to the learned, political, and polite world, who excel in it." 1' Dr. Cobden, onehf George the Second's chaplains, having, in 1748, preached a sermon at St. J ames's, from these words, " Take away the wicked from before the king, and his throne shall be established in right. eousness," it gave so' much displeasure, that the doctor was struck out of-pay, entered the'list; the one to defend the ignorance, the other the impudence, of the Restorer of Eloquence himself. As there was a door behind the rostrum, which led to his house, the Orator silently dropped out, postponing the award to some happier day. This age of lecturers may find their model in Henley's " Universal Academy," and if any should aspire to bring themselves down to his genius, I furnish them with hints of anomalous topics. In the second number of " The Oratory Transactions," is a diary from July, 1726 to August, 1728. It forms, perhaps, an unparalleled chronicle of the vagaries of the human mind. These archives of cunning, of folly, and of literature, are divided into two diaries; the one " The Theological or Lord's days'...show more

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  • Paperback | 128 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 7mm | 240g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236782410
  • 9781236782410