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Waddington : Church History

"At home, after leaving school in 1857 ... [Louisa Martindale's] reading was, at first, chiefly the Bible. On 16 September she started to take Fraser's Magazine, and her diary becomes full of references to this, and to articles in the Times on subjects as diverse as Fortification and The War in New Zealand. She read, and was charmed by, Symington on architecture, sculpture, and painting ... Further books which she read included Froude's History of England ... The Bible and Modern Thought, Butler's Analogy, Memorials of Fox, Bancroft's American Revolution, Rollin's Ancient History, Waddington's Church History, the Works of Paley, Locke on the Human Understanding, and Mrs Jameson's Characteristics of Women."

Century: 1850-1899     Reader/Listener/Group: Louisa Martindale      Print: Book


George Waddington : The History of the Reformation

'Early in 1841 Grote was called upon to add another duty to the already full catalogue, for his friend Dr. Waddington now entreated him to look through his ponderous and learned work, "The History of the Reformation," then preparing for publication! [...] True to the obligations of friendship, Grote immediately "set to," [a favourite expression of Grote's] upon his critical labours. It certainly was a sacrifice of time and thought to acquiesce in Waddington's modest request, and wade through those thick volumes: and I remember his making humorous observations upon his own disqualification -- I might add, his distaste -- for the task, which he regarded as lying outside his own familiar sphere of study. Nevertheless, the "History of the Reformation" was conscientiously scanned; letters and disquisitions on the subject frequently passing between the two friends.'

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: George Grote      


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