Memoirs of John Horne Tooke: Interspersed with Original Documents, Volume 2

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J. Johnson, 1813
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Page 452 - O that men should put an enemy in their mouths, to steal away their brains ! that we should, with joy, revel, pleasure, and applause, transform ourselves into beasts ! lago.
Page 80 - I hope an everlasting one, with one great state; and I at least afforded the efficient means by which a peace, if not so durable, more seasonable at least, was accomplished with another. I gave you all; and you have rewarded me with confiscation, disgrace, and a life of impeachment...
Page 116 - They bear the mandate; they must sweep my way, And marshal me to knavery: Let it work; For 'tis the sport, to have the engineer Hoist with his own petar...
Page 158 - Parliament has removed all the decencies which used to prevail among gentlemen, and has given the commissioners (shrouded under the signature of their clerk) a right by law to tell me that they have reason to believe that I am a liar. They have also a right to demand from me upon oath the particular circumstances of my private situation. In obedience to the law, I am ready to attend upon this degrading occasion so novel to an Englishman, and give them every explanation which they may be pleased to...
Page 451 - Though I look old, yet I am strong and lusty : For in my youth I never did apply Hot and rebellious liquors to my blood ; Nor did not with unbashful forehead woo The means of weakness and debility ; Therefore my age is as a lusty winter, Frosty, but kindly...
Page 59 - The dominion of speech," he says,2 " is erected upon the downfall of interjections. Without the artful contrivances of language, mankind would have had nothing but interjections with which to communicate, orally, any of their feelings. The neighing of a horse, the lowing of a cow, the barking of a dog, the purring of a cat, sneezing, coughing, groaning, shrieking, and every other involuntary convulsion with oral sound, have almost as good a title to be called parts of speech, as interjections have.
Page 57 - You mean to say that the errors of Grammarians have arisen from supposing all words to be immediately either the signs of things or the signs of ideas; whereas in fact many words are merely abbreviations employed for dispatch, and are the signs of other words.
Page 282 - Petition of the Lord Mayor, Aldermen, and Commons of the City of London, in Common Council assembled.
Page 395 - Tooke advocating the cause of this celebrated chancellor. His judgments, in his own court, he observed, were always dictated by equity, and never once complained of. The accusations against him were minute, frivolous, and vexatious ; while his sentence, " to be rendered for ever incapable of any place or employment, to be precluded from sitting in parliament, or coming within the verge of the court ; to be fined forty thousand pounds, and remain a prisoner in the Tower during the king's pleasure,"...
Page 34 - That leave be given to bring in a bill for a just and equal representation of the people of England in Parliament.

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