The life and times of Daniel De Foe: with remarks digressive and discursive (Google eBook)

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J. R. Smith, 1859 - 464 pages
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Page 68 - I have often thought of it as one of the most barbarous customs in the world, considering us as a civilized and a Christian country, that we deny the advantages of learning to women. We reproach the sex every day with folly and impertinence, while I am confident, had they the advantages of education equal to us, they would be guilty of less than ourselves.
Page 68 - ... them capacities, for He made nothing needless. Besides, I would ask such what they can see in ignorance that they should think it a necessary ornament to a woman? or how much worse is a wise woman than a fool? or what has the woman done to forfeit the privilege of being taught? Does she plague us with her pride and impertinence? Why did we not let her learn, that she might have had more wit? Shall we upbraid women with folly, when 'tis only the error of this inhuman custom that hindered them...
Page 73 - ... mistaken in their practice about women. For I cannot think that God Almighty ever made them so delicate, so glorious creatures, and. furnished them with such charms, so agreeable and so delightful to mankind, with souls capable of the same accomplishments with men, and all to be only Stewards of our Houses, Cooks, and Slaves. Not that I am for exalting the female government in the least ; but, in short, I would have men take women for companions, and educate them to be fit for it.
Page 15 - And it came to pass after these things, that one told Joseph, Behold, thy father is sick: and he took with him his two sons, Manasseh and Ephraim. And one told Jacob, and said, Behold, thy son Joseph cometh unto thee: and Israel strengthened himself, and sat upon the bed.
Page 181 - The spirit of martyrdom is over; they that will go to church to be chosen sheriffs and mayors would go to forty churches rather than be hanged. If one severe law were made and punctually executed, that whoever was found at a conventicle should be banished th'e nation and the preacher be hanged, we should soon see an end of the tale. They would all come to church, and one age would make us all one again.
Page 166 - An Act declaring the Rights and Liberties of the Subject, and settling the Succession of the Crown.
Page 14 - I came out; and when he is come, he findeth it empty, swept and garnished. Then goeth he, and taketh with himself seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there...
Page 397 - A Letter from A Member of the House of Commons to His friend in the Country, relating to the Bill of Commerce...
Page 71 - If her temper be good, want of education makes her soft and easy. Her wit, for want of teaching, makes her impertinent and talkative. Her knowledge, for want of judgment and experience, makes her fanciful and whimsical. If her temper be bad, want of breeding makes her worse, and she grows haughty, insolent, and loud.
Page 461 - ... their poor dying mother to beg their bread at his door, and to crave, as if it were an alms, what he is bound, under hand and seal, and by the most sacred promises, to supply them with himself at the same time living in a profusion of plenty. It is too much for me.

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