An Account of the Societies for Reformation of Manners, in England and Ireland; With a Persuasive to Persons of All Ranks, to Be Zealous and Diligent in Promoting the Execution of the Laws Against Prophaneness and Debauchery, for the
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. 1701 edition. Excerpt: ...they live, and to em.bra.ee all Opportunities of using their Authority for the Suppressing them: And those Offences, that are Deeds of Darkpefi, it may be hoped, for the Honour of our Magistrates, arc not now ' 3 generally and knowingly committed before them. One would think that the Presence of a Magistrate ' should have such an Awe upon ill Men, that they should not dare to transgress before him: That he should resent it as a high Affront-i '--' to him, if a Person of the highest Rank should discover so base an Opinion of him, as to expect that he should be content to break his Oath, to suffer him, upon the account of his Quality, to go unpunished for any Offence of this kind committed before him. It is certainly much so MagislratUf where Magistrates have a just Sense of Honour, indirat vior are as Zealous and Faithful in the Discharge rum. y of their Office as they ought to be: But the' less this may reasonably be hoped from all Ma-,"' gistrates at this Day: there appears, I am fore, the more reason, or rather a. necessity, for pri vate Persons applying themselves to this Busi-1 v ness of giving Informations, to them of our. reigae ing Sins, without which, it is not reasonably to / be expected that Offenders will be "generally brought to. PHnifljiaent, especially un Cities an& L Ih, _ Corpo Corporations, where it may be presumed, with out Unfcharitableness, that many are daily either publickly or privately breaking the Laws against Prophaneness and Immorality. 'a.. The giving Thus then our giving of Informations of these V rfw Offences to the Magistrate seems absolutely nettons a Re-ceg-ary-m 0ur present Circumstances, as we hearItgtm K/-tijy desire or expect the Suppression of Prophanenefs and Vice by Humane..
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