Memoirs of William Sampson: Including Particulars of His Adventures in Various Parts of Europe; His Confinement in the Dungeons of the Inquisition in Lisbon, &c., &c. Several Original Letters; Being His Correspondence with the Ministers of State in Great-Britain and Portugal; a Short Sketch of the History of Ireland, Particularly as it Respects the Spirit of British Domination in that Country; and a Few Observations on the State of Manners &c., in America
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Page 303 - Christians boasted that the blood of the martyrs was the seed of the church.
Page ii - BBOWN, of the said district, hath deposited in this office the title of a book, the right whereof he claims as author, in the words following, to wit : " Sertorius : or, the Roman Patriot.
Page 286 - What is it to you whether I make many or few boroughs ? My council may consider the fitness, if I require it. But what if I had created forty noblemen, and four hundred boroughs ? The more the merrier, the fewer the better cheer.
Page 272 - Whereby it is manifest, that such as had the government of Ireland, under the crown of England, did intend to make a perpetual separation and enmity between the English and Irish, pretending, no doubt, that the i.nglish should in the end root out the Irish...
Page 259 - ... into all the west parts of the world ; the long inlets of many navigable rivers and so many great lakes and fresh ponds within the land, as the like are not to be seen in any part of Europe ; the rich fishings and wild-fowl of all kinds ; and lastly, the bodies and minds of the people endued with extraordinary abilities of nature.
Page 133 - Sincerity, Thou first of virtues! let no mortal leave Thy onward path, although the earth should gape, And from the gulf of hell destruction cry, To take dissimulation's winding way.
Page 304 - Thomas, Earl of Wharton, lord-lieutenant of Ireland, by the force of a wonderful constitution, has some years passed his grand climacteric without any visible effects of old age, either on his body or his mind ; and in spite of a continual prostitution to those vices which usually wear out both. . . . Whether he walks or whistles, or swears, or talks bawdy, or calls names, he acquits himself in each, beyond a templar of three years standing.
Page 400 - My lords, I have seen in Ireland the most absurd as well as the most disgusting tyranny that any nation ever groaned under.
Page 410 - They have, in pronouncing their verdict, thought proper to recommend me as an object of human mercy; in return, I pray to God, if they have erred, to have mercy upon them. The judge, who condemned me, humanely shed tears in uttering my sentence; but whether he did wisely, in so highly commending the wretched informer who swore away my life, I leave to his own cool reflection, solemnly assuring him and all the world, with my dying breath, that the informer was forsworn.