The British Friend Volume 5

The British Friend Volume 5

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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. 1847 edition. Excerpt: ...free country to oblige a parent to send his child to school, or to force the child to go there if his parents do not urge it; and, however desirable it is that every child in the kingdom should be educated, persuasion, not compulsion, should I e the impelling cause. "What man of common sense," asks T. G., "would mock with books a boy who is starving for bread? Let Christian men answer our Lord's question; let everyone who is 11 parent think of it. What father, if his child ftsk for bread, would give him a storie'? And, lot me ask, what is English Grammar, or the Rule of Three, or the A, 15, 0, to a poor hungry child--what but a stone?" If we cannot bear to enter the alloys of London, or the wynds of Edinburgh, in our own persons, T. G. has penetrated them for us. We can here follow him page by page, as vividly as step by step. We can plead ignorance and thoughtlessness no longer. There is no passing by, ami no forgetting pictures like the following, of one-particular locality in Edinburgh. "On one side of the square, in two-thirds of the shops," writes the author, "tor we have counted them, spirits arc sold. The sheep are near the slaughter-house, tho victims aro in the neighbourhood of tho altar. The mouth of almost every close court is filled with loungers--bloated and brabu figures, ragged and wretched old men---bold ami flercelooking women, and many a half-clod mother, shivering in cold winter, her naked foet on tho froisen pavement, and a skeleton infant in her arms. On a sTimmer's day, when in the blessed sunshine and warm air misery itself will sing; dashing in and out of these closes, careering over the open ground, engaged in their rude games, arrayed in flying drapery, arc crowds of children--their...show more

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  • Paperback | 412 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 21mm | 730g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236614607
  • 9781236614605