Captain Rock in Rome Volume 1

Captain Rock in Rome Volume 1

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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. 1883 edition. Excerpt: ...Catholics. I also often witnessed, with all the regret and sympathy of a feeling heart, with what unrelenting severity the parsons, and those other landsharks, their proctors, and such other subordinate agents, wrung these unjust imposts from the industrious farmer and the care-worn, emaciated cottager; and all this levied under the sanction of the law, to support and to build stately mansions and churches for a sleek, well-fed, and pampered race of ecclesiastics, whose persons, on account of their overbearing tyranny, are as much detested, as their places of worship are held in abomination by the natives. Yes, Sir, I witnessed these acts of injustice, or what I may call a species of unnatural extortion. In all other taxes that are levied, in all other civil transactions, there is a quid pro quo. If you are taxed by the government or state, the government or state protects, or at least is bound to protect, your person and property. If you employ a physician, a lawyer, an artisan, or a labourer of any description, they all have some claim on your purse, they are entitled to some adequate and proportionate recompence for their moral or physical services; there is some return made, some benefit rendered, some duty performed for the expense you are at; but here there is none whatever! Here there is not the least shadow of a title, founded on the principles of justice and equity, to these immense sums extorted from the already impoverished inhabitants of that country: except these sanctified characters set up the labour and fatigue they are at in composing scurrilous tracts and sermons, full of rancour, calumny, and vituperation of the religion of the natives, as a title to more than a tenth part of their property." ' But does not the Scriptures...
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  • Paperback | 56 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 118g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236497546
  • 9781236497543