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George Bancroft, History of the United States from the Discovery of the American Continent, Vol. 2, 17th edition. 2 0 Browse Search
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nse of duty cannot be increased by an imprecation. Barclay 523 The Quaker distrusts the fine arts; they are so easily perverted to the purposes of superstition and the delight of the senses. Yet, when they are allied with virtue, and express the nobler sentiments, they are very Ib. 386. sweet and refreshing. The comedy, where, of old, Aristophanes excited the Athenians to hate Socrates, and where the profligate gallants of the court of Charles II. assembled to hear the drollery of Nell Gwyn heap ridicule on the Quakers, was condemned without mercy. But the innocent diversions of society, the delights of rural life, the pursuits of science, the study of history, would not interfere with aspirations after God. Ib. 51??? For apparel, the Quaker dresses soberly, according to his condition and education; far from prescribing an unchanging fashion, he holds it no vanity to use what the country naturally produces, and reproves nothing but that extravagance which all sober men of a