Usage examples for instigation

  1. He feared that this rebellion was begun at their instigation and would be carried on with their encouragement and help. – Japan by David Murray
  2. It was proved beyond all question that he, as well as the authors of the previous attempts, was acting at the instigation of the Spanish authorities, and had been promised vast sums in the event of his success. – By Pike and Dyke: A Tale of the Rise of the Dutch Republic by G.A. Henty
  3. Thence I to Westminster, to my barber's, and found occasion to see Jane, but in presence of her mistress, and so could not speak to her of her failing me yesterday, and then to the Swan to Herbert's girl, and lost time a little with her, and so took coach, and to my Lord Crew's and dined with him, who receives me with the greatest respect that could be, telling me that he do much doubt of the successe of this warr with Holland, we going about it, he doubts, by the instigation of persons that do not enough apprehend the consequences of the danger of it, and therein I do think with him. – Diary of Samuel Pepys, Complete Transcribed From The Shorthand Manuscript In The Pepysian Library Magdalene College Cambridge By The Rev. Mynors Bright by Samuel Pepys Commentator: Lord Braybrooke
  4. She had done this at the instigation of Maurice, who had expressed his belief that the favourable influence of the Advocate would make success certain and who had represented to her that, as he was himself resolved never to marry, the inheritance after his death would fall to her son Frederick Henry. – The Life of John of Barneveld, 1609-15, Volume I. by John Lothrop Motley Last Updated: February 7, 2009
  5. At the instigation of the chief scout executive, Mr. James E. West, the National Council of the Boy Scouts of America is endeavoring to start in motion an aggressive campaign in the ascertaining and collecting of such facts. – Educational Work of the Boy Scouts by Lorne W. Barclay
  6. He is now in deep trouble, and is held a prisoner in New York, at the instigation of the Adams Express Company, who charge him with having robbed them of some fifty thousand dollars. – The Expressman and the Detective by Allan Pinkerton
  7. He knew that he had not only taken great advantage of Mr. Mordaunt's distress, but that at his instigation a paper which could forever have prevented Mr. Mordaunt's sale of the property, had been destroyed. – The Disowned, Complete by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  8. Very often we can do at our own instance, in our own way and at our own time, what it would be a vast mistake to do at the instigation of people who look at the matter differently from ourselves, and have quite another purpose to serve. – The Expositor's Bible: The Gospel of St. John, Vol. I by Marcus Dods
  9. At my own instigation – The Gun-Brand by James B. Hendryx
  10. It was a wonder that the two midshipmen did not break their necks out hunting, or finish themselves off in some other way, but happily, while still sound in limb, both they, Jack, and Terence received orders to join a ship fitting out for the East Indies, the arrangement having been made, at Sir John's instigation by their old friend Admiral Triton. – The Three Lieutenants by W.H.G. Kingston
  11. Ever since his arrival in Abyssinia Abouna Salama had shown the bitterest opposition to the Roman Catholics: an enmity not so much engendered by conviction, perhaps, as inflamed by the fact that some of his property had been seized at Jiddah at the instigation of some Roman Catholic priests, who had through his influence been plundered, ill- treated, and expelled from Abyssinia. – A Narrative of Captivity in Abyssinia With Some Account of the Late Emperor Theodore, His Country and People by Henry Blanc
  12. At the entrance to the town hall, the two men, at Seaman's instigation parted, making their way inside by different doors. – The Great Impersonation by E. Phillips Oppenheim
  13. These operations at the instigation of Nature are so common, that they are scarcely observed; but when we examine more minutely into their effects, they become truly wonderful. – A Practical Enquiry into the Philosophy of Education by James Gall
  14. In her capacity as ministrant to wounded soldiers she has gained a unique experience of the horrors of war, and in order to bring home the realities of the situation, at the instigation of Lady Bute, she consented to address a number of meetings in South Wales. – My War Experiences in Two Continents by Sarah Macnaughtan
  15. He gave, when asked, information as to the direction of the railroad at the foot of the western slope of the range, and at the same instigation found a trail for them some miles beyond their starting point. – The Breaking Point by Mary Roberts Rinehart
  16. Our bank, therefore, stands uncontaminated by that revolting perfidy which, at the instigation of Biddle and the Barings, brought all the other banks, in which there are Whig directors or officers, into the most wicked conspiracy recorded in history. – Quodlibet by John P. Kennedy
  17. This displeased her, particularly as Appleboro had at her instigation included Mr. John Flint in its most exclusive list, and there were invitations she was determined he should accept. – Slippy McGee, Sometimes Known as the Butterfly Man by Marie Conway Oemler
  18. " I will speak seriously to her," said Mr. Gresley, dejectedly, who recollected that he had " spoken seriously" to Hester many times at his wife's instigation without visible result. – Red Pottage by Mary Cholmondeley
  19. Sessions are normally public; but by vote of an absolute majority, taken at the instigation of the president or of ten members, either body may decide to consider a specific subject behind closed doors. – The Governments of Europe by Frederic Austin Ogg
  20. You removed, or, more plainly, you murdered Lord Lydstone at the instigation of your accomplice- is that so? – The Thin Red Line; and Blue Blood by Arthur Griffiths