The Orrery Papers, Volume 1

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Emily Charlotte De Burgh-Canning Boyle Countess of Cork and Orrery
Duckworth, 1903
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Page 28 - All this together amounts to one hundred and seventy pounds. In the next place, I must desire you to represent that there are several of my friends, yet living, whom I design, God willing, to outlive, in consideration of legacies ; out of which it is a doctrine in the reformed church, that not a farthing shall be allowed to save their souls who gave them.
Page 26 - It is almost as many pieces of gold as an apostle could get of silver from the priests of old, on a much more valuable consideration. I believe it will be better worth my while to propose a change of my faith by subscription, than a translation of Homer. And to convince you how well disposed I am to the reformation, I shall be content, if you can prevail with my...
Page 29 - The person I mean, is Dr. Swift, a dignified clergyman, but one who, by his own confession, has composed more libels than sermons. If it be true, what I have heard often affirmed by innocent people, that too much wit is dangerous to salvation, this unfortunate gentleman must certainly be damned to all eternity.
Page 29 - Swift: a dignified clergyman, but one who, by his own confession, has composed more libels than sermons. If it be true, what I have heard often affirmed by innocent people, that too much wit is dangerous to salvation, this unfortunate gentleman must certainly be damned to all eternity. But I hope his long experience in the world, and frequent conversation with great men, will cause him (as it has some others) to have less and less wit every day.
Page 61 - I have a large family of my own, and my doors are open to every body, yet I have no bills to pay, and half-a-Crown will rest undisturbed in my pocket for many moons together. Like one of the patriarchs, I have my flocks and my herds, my bond-men and bond-women, and every soart of trade amongst my own servants, so that I live in a kind of independence on every one but Providence.
Page 61 - tis an amusement in this silent country and a continual exercise of our patience and economy. Another thing My Lord, that recommends this country very much: we sit securely under our vines and our fig trees without any danger to our property. We have neither public robbers nor private, which your Lordship will think very strange when we have often needy governors and pilfering convicts sent amongst us Thus, my Lord, we are very happy in our Canaans if we could but forget the onions and fleshpots...
Page 27 - I therefore commission you, Mr. Dean, with full authority to transact this affair in my name, and to propose as follows : — First, that as to the head of our church, the Pope, I may engage to renounce his power, whensoever I shall receive any particular indulgences from the head of your church, the queen. As to communion in one kind, I shall also promise to change it for communion in both, as soon as the ministry will allow me. For invocations to saints, mine shall be turned to dedications to...
Page 26 - NOT to trouble you at present with a recital of all my obligations to you, I shall only mention two things, which I take particularly kind of you : your desire that I should write to you, and your proposal of giving me twenty guineas to change my religion ; which last you must give me leave to make the subject of this letter.
Page 62 - Thus my Lord we are very happy in our Canaans if we could but forget the onions and fleshpots of Egypt. There are so many temptations in England to inflame the appetite and charm the senses, that we are content to run all risques to enjoy them.
Page 27 - I am very much straitened between the two, while the Whigs seem willing to contribute as much to continue me the one, as you would to make me the other. But, if you can move every man in the government who has above ten thousand pounds a year, to subscribe as much as yourself, I shall become a convert, as most men do, when the Lord turns it to my interest.