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James Shirley


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James Shirley : The Gratefull Servant. A Comedie...

Aunt sup'd with me. Read 4 Acts of 'The Gratefull Servant'. Bed 12. More amused and quiet than of late.

Century: 1700-1799     Reader/Listener/Group: Gertrude Savile      Print: Book


James Shirley : Gamester, The

'read douglass [sic] & the Gamester'

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: Mary Shelley      Print: Book


James Shirley : 'Death the Leveller'

'16th. October. Thrown out at Shorncliffe, above Folkestone. Very stormy day with heavy seas running. Informed that the boat would not cross today, so took an exceedingly good lunch. After lunch we were informed that the boat would sail at 2.30 p.m. Left then, tremendous rolling and pitching. Everybody sick. I remember well standing at the rail with a general on my left hand and a major of the R.A.F. on my right, and talking to the deep with them. I felt like quoting "Death the Leveller" to them, substituting "seasickness" for "death". There was some humour in the situation. Boulogne. Put up at the Meurice and went to bed after tea.'

Century: 1900-1945     Reader/Listener/Group: Robert Lindsay Mackay      Print: Unknown


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