George Iv , Memoirs of His Life and Reign

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Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2009 - 340 pages
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1830. Excerpt: ... the guilt of the offender, and whether the law absolutely demands the life of the criminal, palliating the offence by all the arguments worthy a wise and good chief magistrate, and becoming him who, under Divine Providence, as the ruler of the nation, is the fountain of mercy! Yes, sir, nearly two hours have I known the prince plead thus, in the presence of this minister of justice, for those who had no other counsellor; and his plea, enforced by arguments not less just than wise, has in many instances, not been made in vain." Another circumstance reflecting the highest honor on His late Majesty, is that, as it is generally British sovereign ever distributed the patronage of the church with so pure and laudable a regard to the interests of Christianity. How many eminent prelates now fill the highest stations in the church, whose advancement has been owing to their talents and virtues alone! Without any affectation, which was not in his nature, His Majesty was scrupulously exact in the performance of all the duties of the Christian religion, and his last moments were consoled by a devout participation in the holy rites of that faith, of which he was the protector. Two anecdotes may find an appropriate place here. His Majesty, when Prince Regent, used to have different preachers at his chapel at Brighton. Among the rest was the Rev. Mr. (now Dr.) Pearson. The reverend divine, at his first appearance in the royal pulpit, delivered a sermon so very different from what was usual, there, that his friends were afraid he had gone too far in his dehortations against the prevailing vices of the fashionable world, and that in consequence, his advancement would be impeded by his plain dealing. The prince, however, thanked him cordially for his sermon, ...

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