Christian Truth, Explained in Familiar Letters on the Tenets of the Church of England [
Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2012年2月1日 - 100页
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. 1824. Excerpt: ... LETTER VI. MY DEAR, FRIEND, In my last Letter, you had arapid glance at the trading world of Ireland; and I told you a few facts, which you are not to consider as insulated specimens, but as endorsements upon large parcels of each description, to which they refer. Cursory as are my remarks, and hastily as I purposely pass over the disagreeable ground of animadversion, you are not thence to infer, that I do not possess materials for a far weightier case than I feel inclined to array. In truth, volumes might be written without exhausting the contrarieties and incongruities that present themselves at every step, from North to South, from East to West, of this extraordinary theatre. In pursuance of the track which I proposed to myself, I come now to the labouring classes of the people, and feel this quite an affecting subject for the exercise of my pen. Heartless must be that human being, who can look unmoved upon such misery of body, and depravity of mind, as are unhappily become the portion of millions in this ill-fated island: but far gone as is the country in vice and degeneracy, she has yet stamina of constitution to rally, if we may ever hope to see the happy day, in which the efforts of those who can befriend her, shall operate in concert for her good. You have heard too much of the state of the Irish peasantry, from the delegates who were sent over last year to inquire into their distresses, to make it necessary that I should draw elaborate descriptions of want and nakedness, ignorance and filth, appalling as they are incontrovertible. I have been just reading the report of an Englishman, who has been to visit the county of Leitrim, with a view, to ascertain the encouragements for establishing a Colliery in that part of the country; and who incidental...
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