The Parliamentary Register; Or, History of the Proceedings and Debates of the [House of Lords and House of Commons]. Containing an Account of the Most Interesting Speeches and Motions Accurate Copies of All the Protests, Volume 1; V. 45
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. 1797 edition. Excerpt: ...cannot forget, that while they were on the point of perishing in their respective dungeons, she had not been allowed to obtain any account of him, or to inform him tint his children or herself were yet in existence. Why, let me aft, are the circumstances I have related to be supposed exaggerated states of barbarity, when such barbarities as these arc in proof before us? With a sorrow, which I am certain all who hear me will partake, I have to inform the House, that in this alarming state of health, she has been to this hour suffered to languish in a prison, which, there is too much reason to apprehend, will shortly become the tomb of so much virtue. Among all the horrible crimes to which the French Revolution has, in its progress, given birth, those who love to contemplate human nature in its more favourable points of view, will derive some consolation to their wounded feelings from its having given occasion to the display of such exemplary virtue. Those who consider religion as the best and surest foundation os all virtue, will learn with satisfaction, that" until her misfortunes gave scope to the exertion of the great qualities of her mind, the eminent piety of this lady had been the most distinguishing feature of her character. But what will those friends of religion think, when they are told that, by those governments who have hypocritically affected to be waging war in the cause of religion itself, that piety, by which flic was distinguished, has been converted into an additional instrument of torture! By the tenets of the Roman Catholic persuasion, we know how very strictly the duties of confession and of hearing mass arc enjoined. If, in the poignancy of her afflictions, the accumulated injuries of her oppressors could be supposed, in a...
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