History of Scotland from the Revolution to the Extinction of the Last Jacobite Insurrection; (1689 - 1748) Volume 2

History of Scotland from the Revolution to the Extinction of the Last Jacobite Insurrection; (1689 - 1748) Volume 2

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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. 1853 edition. Excerpt: ... his head, Because he knows a frightful fiend doth close behind him tread." Such was Lord Grange. In reviewing his character, it would afford a depressing notion of human nature to believe that many of his contemporaries approached him in duplicity and hypocrisy. But he was, perhaps in an extreme form, the kind of man which a rigid system, in which the powerful upper class of the country did not sincerely partake, was calculated to rear among those who pretended to comply with it. At this period, however, the disposition of the Established Church was daily rendering such violent contrasts between secret and apparent character unnecessary. The system of discipline, as the outward type of the church's temper, was silently undergoing modification in harmony with the appeasing influences of a comfortable position in a comparatively well ordered national organisation. There was a natural reluctance to frighten away the gradually conforming members of the Episcopal persuasion by too great an exhibition of rigour. The descendants of a large portion of the northern Episcopalians, and the gentry throughout the whole country, were gradually becoming a valuable accession to the Established Church, and it suited neither the taste nor the interest of the majority of the clergy, by stern exactions, to keep them out of the sheepfold. These accessions were not, however, obtained without sacrifices. A great portion of the common people, still partial to the old system, sought it where they could find it. And whether what the church gained in one direction was compensation for what she lost in another, will, perhaps, long be matter of dispute. The proceedings of the General Assembly were visibly every year discarding a portion of the old fervid spiritual...show more

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  • Paperback | 216 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 12mm | 395g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236566092
  • 9781236566096