The three death-cries of a perishing church [by W. Howitt, in answer to Church rates, by G. Wilkins]. From the Nottingham review, with additions and corrections

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Сторінка 37 - Leather. This man, the first of the Quakers, and by trade a Shoemaker, was one of those to whom, under ruder or purer form, the Divine Idea of the Universe is pleased to manifest itself; and across all the hulls of Ignorance and earthly Degradation shine through, in unspeakable Awfulness, unspeakable Beauty, on their souls: who therefore are rightly accounted Prophets, God-possessed, or even Gods, as in some periods it has chanced.
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