Annual Register Volume 6

Annual Register Volume 6

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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. 1796 edition. Excerpt: ...use of a young clergyman in the country, and so unhappily unacquainted with that kind of learning, that he was likely to become the butt of his sceptical parishioners, but being by this means furnished with proper materials, was enabled to turn the tables upon them. But the principal manuscript I thought myself in duty bound to leave behind, is a faithful narrative of my education, and the sallies of my wretched youthful years; and the various ways by which I was in some measure unavoidably led into the base and stiameful imposture of passing upon the world for a native of Formosa, a convert to Christianity, and backing it with a fictitious account of that island, and of my own travels, conversion, &c. all or most of it hatched in my own brain, without regard to truth and honesty. It is true I have long since disclaimed even publicly all but the stiame and guilt of that vile imposition; yet as long as I knew there were still editions of that scandalous romance, remaining in England, besides the several versions it had abroad, I thought it incumbent on me to undeceive the world, by unravelling, that whole mystery of iniquity in a posthumous work, which would be less liable to suspicion, as the' author would be far out of the influence of any sinister motives that might induce him to deviate from the truth. All that I shall add concerning it is, that it was begun above twenty-five years ago with that view, and no other, during a long recess in the country, accompanied with a threatening disease, and since then continued in my most serious hours, as-any thing new presented itself; so that it hath little else to recommend itself but its plainness and sincerity, except here and there some useful observations and inuendos on those branches of...show more

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  • Paperback | 250 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 13mm | 454g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236652835
  • 9781236652836