A family memoir of the Macdonalds of Keppoch, ed. by C.R. Markham, with notes by C.E. Stuart, comte d'Albanie

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Seite 133 - The president is very near deaf, and much nearer superannuated. He sits by the table : the mistress of the house, who formerly was his, inquires after every dish on the table, is told who has eaten of which, and then bawls the bill of fare of every individual into the president's ears. In short, every mouthful is proclaimed, and so is every blunder I make against grammar.
Seite 61 - For scarcely for a righteous man will one die ; yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. But God commendeth his love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
Seite 1 - A lively desire of knowing and of recording our ancestors so generally prevails that it must depend on the influence of some common principle in the minds of men. We seem to have lived in the persons of our forefathers ; it is the labor and reward of vanity to extend the term of this ideal longevity. Our imagination is always active to enlarge the narrow circle in which nature has confined us. Fifty or...
Seite 71 - The judgment of the law is, and this high court doth award, that you, William, Earl of Kilmarnock, George, Earl of Cromartie, and Arthur, Lord Balmerino, and every one of you, return to the prison of the Tower, from whence you came ; from thence you must be drawn to the place of execution ; when you come there, you must be hanged by the neck, but not till you are dead ; for you must be cut down alive ; then your bowels must be taken out, and burnt before your faces ; then your heads must be severed...
Seite 1 - ... the authors of our existence. Our calmer judgment will rather tend to moderate, than to suppress, the pride of an ancient and worthy race. The satirist may laugh, the philosopher may preach, but Reason herself will respect the prejudices and habits which have been consecrated by the experience of mankind.
Seite 1 - ... we fill up the silent vacancy that precedes our birth, by associating ourselves to the authors of our existence.
Seite 111 - There are two different occasions upon which we examine our own conduct, and endeavour to view it in the light in which the impartial spectator would view it : first, when we are about to act ; and, secondly, after we have acted.
Seite 43 - The conclusion of this enterprise was such as most people both at home and abroad expected ; but the progress of the rebels was what nobody expected ; for they defeated more than once the king's troops ; they over-ran one of the united kingdoms, and marched so far into the other, that the capital trembled at their approach ; and, during the tide of fortune, which had its ebbs and flows, there were moments when nothing seemed impossible ; and, to say the truth, it was not easy to forecast, or imagine,...
Seite 49 - When the Macdonalds' regiment retreated, without having attempted to attack sword in hand, Macdonald of Keppoch advanced with his drawn sword in one hand, and his pistol in the other; he had got but a little way from his regiment, when he was wounded by a musket shot, and fell. A friend who had followed, conjuring him not to throw his life away, said that the wound was not mortal, that he might easily join his regiment, and retreat with them.
Seite 2 - Wherever the distinction of birth is allowed to form a superior order in the State, education and example should always, and will often, produce among them a dignity of sentiment and propriety of conduct, which is guarded from dishonor by their own and the public esteem.

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