Some Account of the Conversion from Atheism to Christianity of the Late William Hone; With Further Particulars of His Life and Extracts from His Correspondence

Some Account of the Conversion from Atheism to Christianity of the Late William Hone; With Further Particulars of His Life and Extracts from His Correspondence

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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. 1853 edition. Excerpt: ...got into business; we became bankrupts, owing to the terms on which we commenced it; but, on the meeting of our creditors, the first question was, where is your certificate? All signed it, save one who was unintentionally the cause of my failure two years and a half ago, when I went into prison for debt, and was discharged by the insolvent act; having then some books to sell, (being always fond of old books, ) I took a shop in Fleet-street, it was three feet wide in front; I had no place there for my wife and seven children; the shop was, in consequence, broken open three times, and all that was worth anything in it taken away. I was now in desperation; thrown on a wide ocean without a shore, and without a plank of safety. I then accidentally wrote something that happened to sell; by this success I got a place for my wife and family which was scarcely a dwelling for human beings. From my anxiety for my family, and the harassed state of my mind, I was attacked with apoplexy, and my family were thrown into the utmost alarm. I was obliged to remove to save my life. I then took a place in the Old Bailey. I could furnish but one room; I would not let lodgings because I would not expose my state of destitution. Just as I was getting my head above water, this storm assailed me, and plunged me deeper than ever." On the subscription raised after his acquittal, he lived while it lasted, "keeping," as he said, not selling the books on which part of it was expended; then came the Maid and the Magpie; then the House that Jack built; then the Matrimonial Ladder; and on these he lived for some years. He always said he was incapable of business, fit only for literature. His literary talents he fully proved by the three books now a part...show more

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  • Paperback | 32 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 77g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236890787
  • 9781236890788
  • 1,778,303