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The comedy of English Protestantism

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Pages: 120

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Publisher: Date:8/5/2009 - General Books LLC

By: Arthur Featherstone Marshall

Excerpt from book: LUNCHEON. There was an obvious sense of relief among the multitude, when escaping from the cramped misery of Exeter Hall. Most of the wearied ones sought solace or invigoration in one of the many places of refreshment in the Strand: not a few even condescending to soothe their too depressed spirits at the bars of the ever-hospitable public-houses. The Editor of these pages crossed the road to "Simpson's Divan," the well-known dining-house opposite Exeter Hall: where he was rejoiced by meeting several old acquaintances, who, having just come out of the crush of British Protestantism, were bent upon the same object of restoration. Two clergymen and three laymen joined the Editor at a private table, where the boiled chicken and the Chablis might favor repose. On coming out of Exeter Hall various vendors of light literature—chiefly of a more or less theological character—had sought purchasers of such publications as the following: " A Form for the Admission of Papists into the Church of England," an "Annual Eeport of the Church Association," and some recent copies of various Church of England newspapers. The five friends of the Editor had liberally purchased such productions: and, while luncheon was being served, they carelessly turned over the pages of what might, or might not, prove to be amusing. The Editor of these pages was busy looking at his short-hand notes: and for a few minutes was glad not to be interrupted. He was wondering anxiously whether he had made mistakes in his reporting, and was about to refer a few points to his friends, when one of them, Mr. Carruthers—who was a rising young barrister, and who was sitting just opposite to him at the luncheon table—began to laugh over the contents of his recent purchase. " Oh, I say, do listen to this," he pleaded: an...  

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