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Titel: First English reading book: Engelsch leesboek voor instituten, gymnasiën en hoogere burgerscholen: met Nederlandsche woordenlijst
Auteur: Herrig, Ludwig
Uitgave: Arnhem: J. Voltelen, 1869 *
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Citeerinstructie: Bijzondere Collecties van de Universiteit van Amsterdam, UBM: IWO 513 H 21
URL: https://schoolmuseum.uba.uva.nl/bookid/LCSM_204683
Onderwerp: Taal- en letterkunde naar afzonderlijke talen: Engelse taalkunde
Trefwoord: Leesvaardigheid, Engels, Leermiddelen (vorm)
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have heard of the glorious battle of the
Nile, in which Nelson gave the French
such a drubbing?'
'Oh, yes!' cried all the ladies and gent-
lemen, who had now crowded about him.
'Well, ladies and gentlemen, 1 had the
good fortune to be in that great victory;
and all we Nilers, as we are called, are
permitted to wear a yellow coat, as a mark
of distinction, while the common pensioners
wear nothing but blue.'
'Dear me!' said the lady; 'and do I
really speak to one of those brave fellows
who fought at the battle ofthe Nile?' and
she put her hand into her pocket, and pull-
ed out five shillings. 'There,' said she, I
hope you'll not be affronted, but accept
this from me.'
'Not at all, ma'am,' rephed Dick, pock-
eting the money.
'Then the whole party made a subscrip-
tion for him, and Dick went off with a
handful of silver.' (Capt. Marryat's 'Poor Jack.')
122. CHELSEA HOSPITAL.
There are a great many things worth
looking at on the banks of the river Tha-
mes, and among them Chelsea Hospital,
not so much on account ofthe building, as
the use it is put to. You will like to know
what they use the hospital for: I will tell
you all about it.
There are between four and five hundred
old soldiers there, who, after fighting their
country's battles (by which many of them
are sorely maimed), find a comfortable home
for the rest of their days.
There are among them twenty-six cap-
tains, thirty-two sergeants, and as many
corporals; the rest are all privates.
These old fellows, dressed in red turned
up with blue, pass their lives very com-
fortably. They walk about, go and see
their friends, smoke their pipes, and seem
to fight their battles over and over again,
as they sit chatting together.
You must not think that these are all
the old soldiers supported by Chelsea Hos-
pital. 0, no, there are thousands of out
pensioners too.
I went all over the hospital and talked
with a score of people, but I could not
find any that had been at the battle of
Bunker's Hill.
The first stone of the building was laid
by Charles 11, who, it is said, was persuaded
to do so by Nell Gwyn. (P. Parley.)
123. OXFORD.
The city of Oxford is the capital of the
county to which it gives name, and, as the
seat of one of the most celebrated univer-
sities of Europe, equalled by few in extent,
wealth, and antiquity, claims a relative im-
portance much beyond that to which it
would be entitled by the amount of its
population. The town is situated in the
central part of England, about fifty-four
miles N. N. W. of London, and is plea-
santly placed upon a gentle eminence in a
valley at the conlluence of two small rivers,
the Isis and Cherwell. These streams, in
their circuitous and meandering approach
to each other, almost enclose the city, the
former on the west and south, and the
latter on the east. Along the rivers, and
between them and the city, lie rich and
verdant meadows, beyond which the pro-
spect is bounded by an amphitheatre of
hills, except towards the north, where it
extends over a rich champaign country, in
the highest state of cultivation.
The origin of the name of Oxford is not
at all well determined, although much more
has been written on the subject than its
importance demanded. The common opi-
nion has been, that it was called by the
Saxons 'Oxenford,' in the same sense as
the Greeks did their Bosphori, and the
Germans their Ochsenfort on the Oder,
namely, as the ford for oxen; hence the
arms of the city at present exhibit a sort
of rebus on this supposed etymology of its
name, in an ox crossing a ford. We men-
tion this chielly for the sake of introdu-
cing a just remark of Warton, who observes
that the great source of corruption in ety-
mologies of names, both of places and men,
consists in the natural propensity to sub-
stitute, in the place of one difficult and
obscure, a more common and better-known
apellation suggested by affinity of sound.
Warton himself concurs with Leland in
thinking that, by a curious process of cor-
ruption which he traces, the name comes
from 'Ouse-ney-ford,' the ford at or near
Ouseney, or the meadow of Ouse, Ouse
being the general name for river or water.
This name passed through a variety of
forms, such as Oksnaforda, Oxnaford, ami
Oxeneford, to Oxenford, of which Oxford
is a contraction.
Oxford is a place of very remote anti-
quity; but the period of its origin is in-
volved in considerable uncertainty, from the
difficulty of distinguishing what parts of
the information given by the old chronic-
lers were derived by them from the legiti-