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Gilbert Burnet
(1643-1715) born on
Sep 08
Scottish theologian, religious leader. He was an influential bishop who offered confidential advise to William and Mary; wrote "History of His Time," 1734.
. . . it a great error to waste young gentlemen's years so long in learning Latin by so tedious a grammar.

The Duke of Buckingham gave me once a short but severe character of the two brothers. It was the more severe, because it was true: the King (he said) could see things if he would, and the Duke would see things if he could.
One of the strangest catastrophes that is in any history. A great king, with strong armies and mighty fleets, a great treasure and powerful allies, fell all at once, and his whole strength, like a spider's web, was . . . irrecoverably broken at a touch.
. . . was apt to suffer things to run on till there was a great heap of papers laid before him, so then he signed them a little too precipitately.
. . . for the most part the worst instructed, and the least knowing of any of their rank, I ever went amongst.
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: "The Later Stuarts."
R: Referring to Charles II and James II in "History of My Own Times."
A: Referring to the Glorious Revolution, 1688 in "History of My Own Times."
N: Referring to William III; his authorization of the Glencoe Massacre (1692) may have been one consequence of this habit; in "History of My Own Times."
K: Referring to the English gentry in "History of My Own Times," Conclusion

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