Quakerism, Past and Present: Being an Inquiry Into the Causes of Its Decline in Great Britain and Ireland

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Smith, Elder & Company, 1859 - Friends, SOCIETY OF. - 189 pages
 

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Page 189 - The rules are clearly and fully laid down ; and the earlier exercises always conducive to the end by simple and unembarrassing means. The whole volume is full of liveliness." — Spectator. " We close this book with a feeling that, though nothing supersedes a master, yet that no student of art should launch forth without this work as a compass.
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