The Scot of the eighteenth century: his religion and his life

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Page 154 - We never could be of the mind that violence was suited to the advancing of true religion; nor do we intend that our authority shall ever be a tool to the irregular passions of any party. Moderation is what religion enjoins, what neighbouring Churches expect from you, and what we recommend to you.
Page 35 - I shall ever speak the least good of it. A plague take you ! Here I sat near the historical summit of Parnassus, immediately under Dr. Smollett ; and you have the impudence to squeeze yourself by me, and place yourself directly under his feet.
Page 178 - I leave to my friend, Mr. John Home, of Kilduff, ten dozen of my old claret, at his choice ; and one single bottle of that other liquor called port. I also leave to him six dozen of port, provided that he attests under his hand, signed John Hume, that he has himself alone finished that bottle at two sittings. By this concession, he will at once terminate the only two differences that ever arose between us concerning temporal matters.
Page 217 - The preacher seems a very ungainly person,' whispered Mannering to his new friend. " ' Never fear, he's the son of an excellent Scottish lawyer. He'll show blood I'll warrant.' " The learned councillor predicted truly. A lecture was delivered fraught with new, striking, and entertaining views of Scripture history — a sermon in which the Calvinism of the Kirk of Scotland was ably supported, yet made the basis of a sound system of practical morals...
Page 114 - AWAKE, awake; put on thy strength, O Zion; put on thy beautiful garments, O Jerusalem, the holy city : for henceforth there shall no more come into thee the uncircumcised and the unclean. Shake thyself from the dust ; arise, and sit down, O Jerusalem : loose thyself from the bands of thy neck, O captive daughter of Zion.
Page 172 - There are indeed but very few who know how to be idle and innocent, or have a relish of any pleasures that are not criminal ; every diversion they take is at the expense of some one virtue or another, and their very first step out of business is into vice or folly.
Page 14 - I sent him back again with the frivolous draught he had drawn For all this he feared not mine anger, but assaulted me again with another ill-fangled platform, to make that stubborn kirk stoop more to the English pattern : but I durst not play fast and loose with my word. He knows not the stomach of that people...
Page 169 - Strahan, however, had sent one of the sermons to Dr. Johnson for his opinion ; and after his unfavourable letter to Dr. Blair had been sent off, he received from Johnson on Christmaseve, a note in which was the following paragraph :
Page 341 - Upon the whole, I have always considered him, both in his lifetime and since his death, as approaching as nearly to the idea of a perfectly wise and virtuous man as perhaps the nature of human frailty will permit.
Page 26 - It may please you to say sae,' said David Deans ; ' but I have maintained my testimony before as great folks, and in sharper times ; and though I will neither exalt myself, nor pull down others, I wish every man and woman in this land had kept the true testimony, and the middle and straight path, as it were on the ridge of a hill, where wind and water shears, avoiding right-hand snares and extremes, and left-hand back-slidings, as weel as Johnny Dodds of Farthing's Acre, and ae man mair that shall...

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