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IN SEARCH OF A WIFE
DOMESTIC HABITS AND MANNERS, RELIGION AND MORALS.
Among unequals what society
Can sort, what harmony or true delight?
FROM THE SECOND LONDON EDITION.
IN TWO VOLUMES.
PUBLISHED BY T. AND J. SWORDS.
AUG 1 9 1907
the morning Mr. Stanley, Sir John Belfield and I took a walk to call on our valuable rector. On our return home, amidst that sort of desultory conversation which a walk often produces, "Since we left the parsonage, sir," said I, addressing myself to Mr. Stanley, "I have been thinking how little justice has been done to the clerical character in those popular works of imagination which are intended to exhibit a picture of living manners. There are, indeed, a very few happy exceptions. Yet I cannot but regret that so many fair occasions have been lost of advancing the interests of religion by personifying her amiable graces in the character of her ministers. I allude not to the attack of the open infidel, nor the sly insinuation of the concealed sceptic, nor do I advert to the broad assault of the enemy of good government, who, falling foul of every established institution, would naturally be expected to shew little favour to the ministers of the church. But I