The Works of the REV. Sydney Smith Volume 2

The Works of the REV. Sydney Smith Volume 2

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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. 1844 edition. Excerpt: ...own rank to be a gentleman, and not a bad subject--and about theological disputes an excellent tory never troubles his head. Of what importance is it to him whether an Irish Catholic or an Irish Protestant is a judge in the King's Bench at Dublin? None; but Jam afraid for the church of Ireland, says our alarmist. "Why do you care so much for the church of Ireland, a country you never live in?--Answer--/ do not care so much for the church of Ireland, if I was sure the Church of England would not be destroyed.--And is it for the Church of England alone that you fear?--Answer--Not quite to that, but I am afraid we should all be lost, that every thing would be overturned, and that I should lose my rank and my estate. Here, then, we say, is a long series of dangers, which (if there were any chance of their ever taking place) would require half a century for their development; and the danger of losing Ireland by insurrection and invasion, which may happen in six months, is utterly overlooked, and forgotten. And if a foreign influence should ever be fairly established in Ireland, how many hours would the Irish church, how many months would the English church, live after such an event? How much is any English title worth after such an event--any English family--any English estate? We are astonished that the brains of rich Englishmen do not fall down into their bellies in talking of the Catholic question--that they do not reason through the cardia and the pylorus--that all the organs of digestion do not become intellectual. The descendants of the proudest noblemen in England may become beggars in a foreign land from this disgraceful nonsense of the Catholic question--fit only for the ancient females of a market town. What alarms us in the state more

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