Read online or download a free book: Posthumans Letters From Various Celebrated Men: Addressed To Francis Colman, And George Colman, The Elder With Annotations By George Colman, The Younger
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By: Francis Colman (Author)
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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. 1820 edition. Excerpt: ...the wrath of the Prebendary, is now inserted: let some CEdipus discover, if he can, those points in it which have sinned against religion, and common sense. 'Bristol! to worth and genius ever just, To thee our Powell's dear remains we trust: Soft as the Stream thy sacred Springs impart, The milk of human kindness warmed his heart, That heart which ev'ry tender feeling knew, The soil where pity, love, and friendship grew. Oh! let a faithful friend with grief sincere Inscribe his tomb, and drop the heart-felt tear. Here rest his praise, here found his noblest fame!--All else a bubble, and an empty name!' Could Doctor Elmer possibly conceive that Religion was implied to be a bubble, because it is not specifically mentioned, in the Epitaph, among Powell's virtues? From George Colman, to Doctor Elmer. Sir The Dean of Bristol having granted his permission for the putting up a Monument to the Memory of the late Mr Powell, I have been exceedingly surprised at the receipt of a Letter from the Statuary, Mr Paine, written (as he pretends) by your direction, telling me that 'the Inscription has given great offence to you and many others, the two last Lines being Nonsense, or something worse.' If they are not nonsense I am afraid they are at least obscure, having render'd my meaning, which I thought obvious, so liable to misinterpretation. Such as they are, however, they must stand or fall with the rest, for I am resolved to give them no correction or alteration, tho' ever so minute, lest I should appear to plead guilty to the Charge of having intended something worse than nonsense. Benevolence and Christian Charity are virtues which Religion is able to plant in the most barren soil, as well as to cultivate improve in the...
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