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Titel: First English reading book: Engelsch leesboek voor instituten, gymnasiën en hoogere burgerscholen: met Nederlandsche woordenlijst
Auteur: Herrig, Ludwig
Uitgave: Arnhem: J. Voltelen, 1869 *
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Citeerinstructie: Bijzondere Collecties van de Universiteit van Amsterdam, UBM: IWO 513 H 21
URL: https://schoolmuseum.uba.uva.nl/bookid/LCSM_204683
Onderwerp: Taal- en letterkunde naar afzonderlijke talen: Engelse taalkunde
Trefwoord: Leesvaardigheid, Engels, Leermiddelen (vorm)
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light of Christ, implanted in the human
heart, was alone the means of salvation.
Fox, under what he conceived to be an
impulse of duty, went into the parish church
of Nottingham on the Lord's day; and,
being dissatisfied with the sermon, he inter-
rupted the preacher and disturbed the con-
gregation, for which he was committed to
prison, in 1649. During his laborious life,
he suffered imprisonment eight times more,
often with severe treatment. Such was
he rapid progress of this new religious
society, that Oliver Cromwell deemed it
prudent to guard against danger by extort-
ing a promise from Fox that he would not
disturb his government! Fox had an inter-
view with the protector, in which he deli-
vered some wholesome truths, which were
received in a manner that reflects great
honour on the conduct of the man, who
then wielded the sceptre of Britain, and
held the balance of Europe in his hands.
He allowed Fox to remain covered in his
presence, and to speak his mind fully.
While Fox himself drank to the dregs of
the bitter cup which the intolerance of the
times had mingled for the new society, he
still laboured for its welfare with the cour-
age of a lion, and the patience of a mar-
tyr, until death closed the scene of his la-
bours, and his sufferings in 1690, in the
67th year of his age, not having been en-
tirely incapacitated from public preaching
till within a few days of his death. His
writings form three volumes folio.
George Fox, though an illiterate man,
was not deficient in good natural abilities;
and was particularly conversant in the lan-
guage of the scriptures. Of his piety, sin-
cerity, and purity of intention, he afforded
throughout his laborious life abundant evi-
dence. His imagination, however, was too
fervid and visionary; and, at the opening
of his career, led him into extravagances
which were not only highly indecorous, but
a species of that intolerance under which
he was himself so grievous a sufferer.
Afterwards, however, he restrained his ou-
trageous zeal, and proved a peaceful teacher
of what he conceived to be dictated by
the inward light of Christ within him; and
he was deservedly the object of commisera-
tion for the shameful sufferings and perse-
cution, by which he was harrassed, and of
praise for the fortitude and patience with
which he endured them.
71. THE GREAT FIRE OF LONDON.
While the war continued, a calamity
happened in London, which threw the
people into great consternation. Fire,
breaking out in a baker's house near the
bridge (Sept. 3rd, 1666), spread itself on
all sides with such rapidity, that no efforts
could extinguish it till it laid in ashes a
considerable part of the City. The inha-
bitants , without being able to provide ef-
fectually for their relief, were reduced to
be spectators of their own I'uin; and were
pursued from street to street by the flames,
which unexpectedly gathered round them;
three days and nights did the fire advance;
and it was only by the blowing up of houses
that it was at last extinguished. The King
and Duke used their utmost endeavours
to stop the progress of the ftames; but all
their industry was unsuccessful : about 400
streets and 13,000 houses were reduced to
ashes.
The causes of fhis calamity were evident:
the narrow streets of London, the houses
built entirely of wood, the dry season, and
a violent east wind which blew; — there
were so many concurring circumstances,
which rendered it easy to assign the reason
of the destruction that ensued : but the
people were not satisfied with this obvious
account. Prompted by blind rage, some
ascribed the guilt to the Republicans, others
to the Catholics; though it is not easy to
conceive how the burning of London could
serve to purposes of either party. As the
Papists were the chief objects of public
detestation, the rumour, which threw the
guilt on them, was more favourably receiv-
ed by the people: no proof, however, or
even presumption, after the strictest in-
quiry by a committee of parliament, ever
appeared to authorise such a calumny; yet
in order to give countenance to the popular
prejudice, the inscription, engraved by au-
thority on the monument, ascribed this ca-
lamity to that hated sect. The clause was
erased by order of King James, when he
came to the throne, but after the Revolution
it was replaced: so credulous as well as
obstinate, are the people, in believing every
thing which flatters their prevailing passion.
The fire of London, though at that time
a great calamity, had proved in the issue
beneficial both to the City and the King-
dom: the City was rebuilt in a very little
time; and care was taken to make the
streets wider and more regular than before ;
a discretionary power was assumed by the
King to regulate the distribution of the
buildings, and to forbid the use of lath and