Sir Thomas More, Or, Colloquies on the Progress and Prospects of Society

Sir Thomas More, Or, Colloquies on the Progress and Prospects of Society

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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. 1829 edition. Excerpt: ...Ecclesiastic Biography, vol. ii. p. 96. SIR THOMAS MORE. But there I should be better off than the suitors, for it would be only purgatory to me; whereas they have cause enough to look upon it as a place from whence nulla est redemptio for them. MONTESINOS. Dodd, the Roman Catholic historian, (if to have written what he denominates a history may entitle a man to that designation, ) says that a descendant of yours, in Hertfordshire, had preserved what he is pleased to call one of your chops, till the year 1642. Even the Court of Chancery, methinks, might have more attractions for you than the oratory wherein this relic may be still preserved. SIR THOMAS MORE. Truly my very ghost would be chop-fallen at beholding an instance of so sad and so debasing a superstition. But to return once more to the stile where we came over: I was observing that your nobles are not a degenerate race; exceptions there are and must be, seeing that omne genus hominum habet suum vulgus; but the high-mindedness which ought to characterize the order, is still found in it. And although, upon certain subjects, there must of necessity be more minute and practical knowledge in a popular assembly, where men of commercial habits are intermixed, yet upon graver matters, in which the great and permanent interests of the nation are concerned, as much information and as much ability are displayed in the Upper as in the Lower House; and a feeling of those interests which is more likely to retain its steadiness and strength, because it is not so liable to veer with the wind of popular opinion. But frequent promotions to the peerage must, in their consequences, alter the character of both Houses, to the deterioration of both. Obviously they must lower the standard of the peerage. It was..show more

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  • Paperback | 94 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 181g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 1236543017
  • 9781236543011