Lives of Northern Worthies - Vol. 1

Lives of Northern Worthies - Vol. 1

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Lives of Northern Worthies - Vol. 1

Lives of Northern Worthies - Vol. 1

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What duller looking volume than a Parish Register? What drier commentary on the trite text, Mors omnibus communis? What is it, but a barren abstract of the annals of mortality--

-----Where to be born, and die, Of rich and poor makes all the history?

It might, indeed, set on a calculator, or a life- insurance broker, to compute the comparative duration of life in different periods; a Shandean philosopher to speculate on the successive fashions in Christian names; a manuscript-hunter to note down the revolutions of penmanship; or a moral economist to infer the progress of corruption from the increase of illegitimate births: but to men whose thoughts and feelings travel in the "high-way of the world," its all-levelling uniformity presents neither amusement nor instruction.

But suppose an aged man to open this same volume, and, seated in the midst of a circle of his fellow-parishioners, run his eye along the time discoloured pages, and relate his recollections, and his father's, and his great-great-grandfather's recollections . . .

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