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Eliot Warburton : Crescent and the Cross

?A situation as an errand boy at a bookseller?s was then found for me. A circulating library was attached to the business. My duties were to clean books and knives and brasses, and then carry books and magazines to the houses of the gentry who were subscribers to the library. The occupation was not uncongenial? for I was able to steal a peep at literature which would not otherwise have come within my reach. The book that was then in greatest demand, as I gathered from so often carrying it from one house to another, was Eliot Warburton?s "Crescent and the Cross", and next to it, I think, came Tennyson?s poems.?

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: William Edwin Adams      Print: Book


Mrs Warburton : Letters to the Duchess of Argyll

Mary Berry, Journal, 14 August 1808, during stay at Bothwell Castle, seat of Lord Douglas: 'Sat till dinner-time in Lady Douglas's dressing-room, reading old letters to her grandmother, the Duchess of Argyll, from [italics]her[end italics] mother, Mrs Warburton, and to Lady Greenwich from the Duchess of Queensberry and several other persons. Remarkable form and expressions of respect in the letters of Mrs Warburton to her duchess daughter.'

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: Mary Berry      Manuscript: Letter


Warburton : unknown

Harriet Martineau to 'Mr Atkinson', 7 November 1847: 'Tomorrow morning I begin upon my (necessary) sketch of the history of Egypt; and in preparation I have been reading again Heeren and Warburton [...] I cannot but dissent from their inferences [...] For instance, Warburton declares that rulers have ever strenuously taught the people the doctrines of a future life, and reward and punishment, without believing them'.

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: Harriet Martineau      Print: Book


William Warburton : The Divine Legation of Moses Demonstrated

'Read in library; for first time, in Swift's "Ode to Athenian Society". Not in good state to judge, but thought it but heavy, though not worse perhaps than odes generally are. Mem.: to read it again.'

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: William Windham      Print: Book


William Warburton : The Divine Legation of Moses Demonstrated

'I have been looking over books in the book case where the Dionysius stands, Stow's "Chronicle and survey of London". By wisdom, truth and heed was he/ advanced an aldermanto be./ First chapter also of that most absurd dogmatical and offensive book, the "Divine Legation Demonstrated".'

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: William Windham      Print: Book


William Warburton : The divine legation of Moses demonstrated

'Looked through the 3d. Book of Warburton's "Divine Legation". It is impossible to pursue this eccentric Genius steadily, through the mazy curves along which he wheels his airy flight...'

Century: 1700-1799     Reader/Listener/Group: Thomas Green      Print: Book


[William] Warburton : Tracts by Warburton and 'A Warburtonian'

'I have read since last October a good deal of the history relating to the East ...: not much of books not connected with India [but included] Tracts by Warburton and "A Warburtonian" ...;'

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: Mountstuart Elphinstone      Print: Book


Dr Warburton : [Letter to Thomas Birch]

'There is, in the B. Museum, a letter from Bishop Warburton to Dr Birch, on the subject of biography; which, though I am aware it may expose me to a charge of artfully raising the value of my own work, by contrasting it with that of which I have spoken, is so well conceived and expressed, that I cannot refrain from here inserting it: [the letter follows, including this passage] "Almost all the life-writers we have had before Toland and Desmaiseaux, are indeed strange inspid creatures; and yet I had rather read the worst of them, than be obliged to go through with this of Milton's, or the other's life of Boileau, where there is such a dull, heavy succession of long quotations of disinteresting passages, that it makes their method quite nauseous".'

Century: 1700-1799     Reader/Listener/Group: James Boswell      Manuscript: Letter


William Warburton : 'A Dissertation on the Sixth Book of Virgil’s Aeneis’

Robert Southey to Horace Walpole Bedford, 12 June 1796: 'Warburton has said that the Epic is arrived at perfection & consequently incapable of improvement — for Homer is possessed of the province of Morality Virgil of politics & Milton of Religion. all this I deny. the morality of Homers heroes is as savage as the age they lived in — as for politics they are yet in their infancy — & the tale of Paradise Lost is the fatal source of all the corruptions of Xtianity.'

Century: 1700-1799     Reader/Listener/Group: Robert Southey      Print: Book


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