The Real State of England, 1809

The Real State of England, 1809

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1809 edition. Excerpt: ...Had he been content to go no further than this, it does not appear but that his sentiments were founded in truth. Unfortunately, he was no less disposed to exceed the bounds of propriety than themselves, and to place a greater dependence on the form of church-government, than the influence which religion should have on the mind. It was this system of conduct, in conjunction with his arbitrary proceeding, that gave the Presbyterians so great an advantage, and laid the foundation of those formidable evils, which proved so fatal to his son and successor, and so injurious to the country at large. Nothing could be more injudicious than his urging the establishment or revival of episcopacy in Scotland, if we consider it only in relation to human prejudices; but if we look at it as a proceeding which was designed to strengthen and confirm his authority, independent of the improvement of moral and religious sentiments, it not only betrays the most erroneous policy, but a very slight degree of dependence on that Almighty Being, who is the only source of security. The sentiments of this monarch, in regard to religion, would seem to be sufficiently evident, from the choice of persons in whom he reposed a confidence, and the very little repugnance which he expressed to concession, in reference to the doctrines of the church of Rome. Should these circumstances be deemed insufficient, there is another which cannot but place them out of doubt; and that is his laborious endeavour to marry his son and successor to a princess of the Royal House of Spain or France, in preference to a Protestant of a less exalted dignity. This is a transaction which speaks more forcibly than all the words in the world. It is not that inferior kind of action which may be...show more

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  • Paperback | 58 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 122g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236756975
  • 9781236756978