The Spirit of the Press, and Advocate of Public Freedom

The Spirit of the Press, and Advocate of Public Freedom

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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. Excerpt: ... he hoped she would soon become the inseparable companion; he painted the future joys of their domestic felicity, and dwelt with peculiar complacency on some heraldic ornament which hung over hiB chimneypiece, and which, he said, was the armorial ensign of his family! Oh! my Lord, how well would ithaTe been had he but retraced the fountain of that document--had he rec;dled to mind the virtues it rewarded, the pure train of honours it associated, the line of spotless ancestry it distinguished, the high ambition its bequest inspired, the moral imitation, it imperatively commanded! But when guilt once kindles within the human heart, all that is noble in our nature becomes parched and arid; the blush of modesty fades before its glare; the sighs of virtue fan its lucid flame, and every divine essence of our being but swells and exasperates its infernal conflagration. Mr. Phillips's Sfeecu On Seduction. Gentlemen, I will not disgust this audience; I will not debase myself by any description of the scene that followed; I will not detail the arts, the excitements, the promises, the pledges, with which deliberate lust inflamed the passions, and finally overpowered the struggles of innocence and of youth. It is too much to know that tears could not appease, that misery could not affect--that the presence and the prayer of an infant could not awe him; and that the wretched victim, between the ardour of passion and the repose of love, sunk at length, inflamed, exhausted, and confiding beneath the heartless grasp of an unsympathising sensuality. The appetite of the hour thus satiated, at a temporal, perhaps, at an eternal, hazard, he dismissed the sister to their unconscious parents, not, however, without extorting a promise, that, on the ensuing night, Miss...show more

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  • Paperback | 26 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 1mm | 68g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236750276
  • 9781236750273