A View of England: Towards the Close of the Eighteenth Century, Volume 2

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Page 72 - Besides, not having the honour to be acquainted with any of the parties in his poem, except the Man and the Woman, the characters and speeches of a dozen or two of angels and of as many devils are as much above my reach as my entertainment. Keep this secret for me, for if it should be known, I should be abused by every tasteless pedant and every solid divine in England.
Page 162 - Vanbrugh , and is a good example of his heavy though imposing style (*Lie heavy on him, Earth, for he Laid many a heavy load on thee"), with a Corinthian portico in the centre and two projecting wings.
Page 198 - I have found, that the etfeih, which the doctrines of Chriftianity are intended to produce in life and in fociety, are in this ifland, in many inftances, more vifible, and more frequent, than in countries where more pride is taken in maintaining doftrines which are called orthodox, than in practifing virtue, and in (hewing the power of religion in actions which are laudable and ufclul, arifing from principles and motives founded upon reafon and humanity.
Page 81 - They seem to be in a confederacy against men of polite genius, noble thought, and diffusive learning; and choose into their assemblies such as have no pretence to wisdom, but want of wit ; or to natural knowledge, but ignorance of every thing else. I have made observations in this matter...
Page 233 - THE distinguishing marks of a Methodist are not his opinions of any sort. His assenting to this or that scheme of religion, his embracing any particular set of notions, his espousing the judgment of one man or of another are all quite wide of the point. Whosoever, therefore, imagines that a Methodist is a man of such or such an opinion is grossly ignorant of the whole affair; he mistakes the truth totally. We believe, indeed, that " all Scripture is given by the inspiration of God;" and herein we...
Page 229 - Here is a new set of Methodists sprung up;" alluding to some ancient physicians who were so called. The name was new and quaint; so it took immediately, and the Methodists were known all over the university. They were all zealous members of the Church of England ; not only tenacious of all her doctrines, so far as they knew them, but of all her discipline, to the minutest circumstance. They were likewise zealous observers of all the university statutes, and that for conscience
Page 234 - It is common with us for men and women to fall down as dead under an exhortation ; but many more under prayer — perhaps twenty at a time. And some that have not fallen to the earth, have shown the same distress, wringing their hands, smiting their breasts, and begging all to pray for them.
Page 336 - I am one. Be it therefore for the future remembered, that in London in the kingdom of England, in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eightyone, a man publicly declared himselftobean atheist.
Page 178 - ... been waiting for more than two hours, firstly in the street for the doors to be opened, and then jostling in the entrances to buy their un-numbered tickets, by the time they had finally fought their way to their seats they were in no mood for second rate entertainment. A German traveller remarked: 'Before the doors are opened, there is generally for an hour and longer such a crowd, and such a mobbing, that many a one, who perhaps is inclined to see a play performed, stays away, because he does...
Page 230 - Kinchin, and a few other clergymen, who all appeared to be of one heart, as well as of one judgment, resolved to be Bible Christians at all events; and, wherever they were, to preach with all their might plain, old, Bible Christianity.

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