I was born in the northern part of this united kingdom, in the house of my grandfather; a gentleman of considerable fortune and influence, who had, on many occasions, signalised himself in behalf of his country; and was remarkable for his abilities in the law, which he exercised with great success, in the station of a judge, particularly against beggars, for whom he had a singular aversion.
In a certain county of England, bounded on one side by the sea, and at the distance of one hundred miles from the metropolis, lived Gamaliel Pickle Esq; the father of that hero whose adventures we propose to record.
Not to the ensanguin'd field of death alone is valor limited: she sits serene in the deliberate council, sagely scans the source of action: weighs, prevents, provides, and scorns to count her glories, from the feats of brutal force alone.
On Leven's banks, while free to rove, and tune the rural pipe to love, I envied not the happiest swain that ever trod the Arcadian plain. Pure stream! in whose transparent wave my youthful limbs I wont to lave; no torrents stain thy limpid source, no rocks impede thy dimpling course, that sweetly warbles o'er its bed, with white, round, polish'd pebbles spread.
One half the nation is mad - and the other half not very sound.
A man's opinion of danger varies at different times, in consequence of an irregular tide of animal spirits; and he is actuated by considerations which he dares not avow.