Essays on Various Subjects: To which is Prefixed a Life of the Author, Volume 1

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J. Johnson, 1809 - Aesthetics - 158 pages

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Page 65 - ... the pain and affliction of the sufferer. Who could ever think of it as a good expedient for comforting an afflicted parent to exaggerate with all the force of elocution the irreparable loss which he has met with by the death of a favourite child?
Page cxvi - That the influence of the crown had increased, was increasing, and ought to be diminished:" and Mr Burke's bill of reform was framed with skill, introduced with eloquence, and supported by numbers.
Page ccxiv - JEsop in the fable, for a Man ? Dost thou want an intrepid spirit in the cause of truth, liberty, and virtue— an undeviating rectitude of action — a boundless hospitality — a mind...
Page clxiv - ... rights, but also to any civil honours, or emoluments, which are accessible to other subjects, without any regard to their religious opinions or practices.
Page clxvii - That though the particular grievance of the Corporation and Test Acts has been the means of convening us, as part of the body of Dissenters, we think it our duty to use our utmost endeavours to procure the repeal of all penal statutes in matters of religion, as this is clearly comprehended within our just rights; and are persuaded that in this we meditate nothing new, as religious liberty ever will, and must be defective, while one such penal law is suffered to exist. 9. That in contending for our...
Page clxvi - ... deemed more honourable to themselves to act apart from us, we invite them, as a separate body, to come forward, and, in some decided manner, bear their testimony to a cause which does equal honour to both. 7. That with the same decided tone with which we assert our rights as men and Christians, and protest against all interference of the magistrate in the proper cause of religion, we repel with scorn the imputation of all meaner and baser views. We have no latent ambition under the mask of religion....
Page clxviii - Church are exposed to unMEMOIRS. principles whatever, holding it as a maxim, that nothing of this nature is within the province of the civil magistrate ; we therefore will not be considered as responsible for whatever any individual belonging to any part of the body of Dissenters, may publish for or against any religious tenets ; we consider it as every man's right to do whatever, under the influence of a love of truth, he may think proper in that respect; but publication not expressly authorized...
Page lxxxvii - The old song of Chevy-Chase is the favourite ballad of the common people of England, and Ben Jonson used to say he had rather have been the author of it than of all his works.
Page clvi - About the year 1787, a variety of circumstances concurred, to favour an application to the legislature for a repeal of the corporation and test acts ; and very strenuous exertions were made on.
Page cciii - A kind of literary club, composed of a few select individuals, was accustomed to meet alternately at each other's house. The members of this club were generally of a description superior to what most provincial towns are capable of affording, men of cultivated understandings, and of great moral worth.

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