Joseph Atkins: the Story of a Family

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D. Atkins, printer, 1891 - 153 pages
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Page 118 - It is a noble faculty of our nature which enables us to connect our thoughts, our sympathies, and our happiness with what is distant in place or time; and, looking before and after, to hold communion at once with our ancestors and our posterity.
Page 118 - But there is also a moral and philosophical respect for our ancestors which elevates the character and improves the heart. Next to the sense of religious duty and moral feeling, I hardly know what should bear with stronger obligation on a liberal and enlightened mind than a consciousness of alliance with excellence which is departed...
Page 121 - At the age of twenty he received a captain's commission from Queen Elizabeth and commanded a company of volunteers under Henry IV of France at the siege of Amiens in 1597. On the conclusion of peace...
Page 38 - Named, and as Touching such worldly Estate as it hath pleased God to bless me with...
Page 123 - I will do shortly, after my usual manner, and must do rudely, having yet no table, nor other room to write in, than by the fireside upon my knee, in this sharp winter ; to which my family must have leave to resort, though they break good manners, and make me many times forget what I would say, and say what I would not.
Page 123 - Epitaph. Within this Tomb a Patriot lyes That was both pious, just and wise, To Truth a shield, to right a Wall, To Sectaryes a whip and Maul, A Magazine of History, A Prizer of good Company In manners pleasant and severe The Good him lov'd, the bad did fear, And when his time with years was spent If some rejoyc'd, more did lament.
Page 29 - ... which may comprehend all its different uses, that of the head, or chief, of any body of men, seems to be most capable of this comprehension; for whether they be a company of soldiers, a crew of sailors, or a gang of rogues, he who is at the head of them is always stiled the captain. The...
Page 132 - I desire you will keep your station, and let fifty or sixty good ministers, your equals in the province, have a share in the government of the college, and advise thereabouts as well as yourselves, and I hope all will be well.
Page 124 - In books a prodigal, they say ; A living cyclopedia ; Of histories of church and priest, A full compendium, at least; A table-talker, rich in sense, And witty without wit's pretence. So that the daughter may have inherited some of her learning. Morton, in his

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