Memoirs of Samuel Foote, Esq: With a Collection of His Genuine Bon-mots, Anecdotes, Opinions, &c. Mostly Original. And Three of His Dramatic Pieces, Not Published in His Works ...

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Peter A. Mesier, no. 107, Pearl-street., 1806
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Page 117 - There is something however in your pity at which my nature revolts. To make an offer of pity, at once betrays your insolence and your vanity. I will keep the pity you send, until the morning before you are turned off : when I will return it by a Cupid with a box of lip-salve; and a choir of choristers shall chaunt a stave to your requiem. E. Kingston. Kingston House Sunday, ijth August. PS You would have received this sooner, but the servant has been a long time writing it.
Page 116 - To a man my sex alone would have screened me from attack — but I am writing to the descendant of a Merry Andrew *, and prostitute the term of manhood by applying it to Mr.
Page 139 - So am I ; which prevents his duty being paid to his loving mother by her affectionate son,
Page 116 - I know too well what is due to my own dignity to enter into a compromise with an extortionable assassin of private reputation. If I before abhorred you for your slander, I now despise you for your concessions ; it is a proof of the illiberality of your satire, when you can publish or suppress it as best suits the needy convenience of your purse. You first had the cowardly baseness to draw the sword, and if I sheath it until I make you crouch like the subservient vassal as you are, then is there not...
Page 8 - ... forgotten, produce that particular designation of mind, and propensity for some certain science or employment, which is commonly called genius. The true genius is a mind of large general powers, accidentally determined to some particular direction. Sir Joshua Reynolds, the great painter of the present age, had the first fondness for his art excited by the perusal of Richardson's treatise.
Page 113 - Lordship has too much candour and justice to be the means of giving so violent and ill-directed a blow. Your Lordship's determination is not only of the greatest importance to me now, but must inevitably decide my fate for the future; as, after this defeat, it will be impossible for me to muster up courage enough to face Folly again.
Page 118 - I fancy your Grace took the hint when you last resided at Rome : you heard there, I suppose, of a certain Joan who was once elected a Pope, and in humble imitation have converted a pious Parson into a chambermaid. The scheme is new in this country, and has doubtless its particular pleasures. That you may never want the benefit of the clergy in every emergence, is the sincere wish of your Grace's most devoted and obliged humble servant, — SAMUEL FOOTE.
Page 117 - I cannot help thinking that it would have been prudent in your Grace to have answered my letter before dinner, or at least postponed it to the cool hour of the morning: you would then have found that I had voluntarily granted...
Page 113 - Whole Duty of Man,' next to the Sacred Writings, is the severest satire that ever was wrote ; and to the same mark if Comedy directs not her aim, her arrows are shot in the air : for by what touches no man, no man will be mended Lord Mountstuart desired that I would suffer him to take the play with him, and let him leave it with the...
Page 116 - I was at dinner when I received your ill-judged letter. As there is little consideration required, I shall sacrifice a moment to answer it. " A member of your Privy Council can never hope to be of a lady's cabinet. " I know too well what is due to my own dignity to enter into a compromise with an extortionable assassin of private reputation. If I before abhorred you for your slander, I now despise you for your concessions...

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