Trial of John Ambrose Williams, for a Libel on the Clergy, Contained in the Durham Chronicle of August 18, 1821 ...

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J.A. Williams, 1823 - 65 pages
 

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Page 27 - In contempt of our said Lord the King and his laws, to the evil and pernicious example of all others in the like case offending, and against the peace of our said Lord the King, his crown and dignity.
Page 50 - ... they did not feel the least of all the members of the community; their grief was in truth too deep for utterance, sorrow clung round their bosoms, weighed upon their tongues, stifled every sound; and when all the rest of mankind, of all sects and of all nations, freely gave vent to the feelings of our common nature, THEIR silence, the contrast which THEY displayed to the rest of their species, proceeded from the greater depth of their affliction; they said the less because they felt the more!...
Page 64 - The jury found for the plaintiffs with .147 damages, and a general verdict was entered. The solicitor-general obtained a rule to show cause why the judgment should not be arrested...
Page 28 - So far as we have been able to judge from the accounts in the public papers, a mark of respect to her late Majesty has been almost universally paid throughout the kingdom, when the painful tidings of her decease were received by tolling the bells of the Cathedrals and Churches. But there is one exception to this very creditable fact which demands especial notice. In this episcopal city, containing six churches independently of the cathedral, not a single bell announced the departure of the magnanimous...
Page 44 - Groats; not a mitre; no, nor so much as a minor canon, or even a rural dean; and in all the land not...
Page 50 - ... after her glorious, but unhappy life, had closed, and that princely head was, at last, laid low by death — which living all oppression had only the more illustriously exalted— the venerable the clergy of Durham, I am now told, for the first time, though less forward in giving vent to their feelings than the rest of their fellow citizens — though not so vehement in their indignation at.
Page 27 - We know not whether any actual orders were issued to prevent this customary sign of mourning; but the omission plainly indicates the kind of spirit which predominates among our clergy. Yet these men profess to be followers of Jesus Christ, to walk in his footsteps, to teach his precepts, to inculcate his spirit, to promote harmony, charity, and Christian love ! Out upon such hypocrisy...
Page 45 - If, however, those operations be so constant that the flock actually live under the knife; if the shepherds are so numerous, and employ so large a troop of the watchful and eager animals that attend them (some of them, too, with a cross of the fox, or even the wolf, in their breed), can it be wondered at, if the poor creatures thus fleeced, and hunted, and barked at, and snapped at, and from time to time worried, should now and then bleat, dream of preferring the rot to the shears, and draw invidious,...
Page 34 - It is such conduct which renders the very name of our established clergy odious till it stinks in the nostrils ; that makes our churches look like deserted sepulchres, rather than temples of the living God ; that raises up conventicles in every corner, and increases the brood of wild fanatics and enthusiasts ; that causes our beneficed dignitaries to be regarded as usurpers of their possessions...
Page 6 - Yet these men profess to be followers of Jesus Christ, to walk in his footsteps, to teach his precepts, to inculcate his spirit, to promote harmony, charity, and Christian love ! Out upon such hypocrisy ! It is such conduct which renders the very name of our established clergy odious till it stinks in the nostrils...

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