A History of Shrewsbury, Volumen2

Harding, Lepard and Company, 1825

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Hard to overstress either the value and importance of this work, still often quoted and referenced, or the inconvenience and annoyance of having such a large part missing. Owen and Blakeway were outrageously royalist and conservative in their prejudices but their investigation and summary of sources remains fundamental for anyone interested in the history of Shrewsbury or the West Midlands more generally. 

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I looked through Volume 1, it is missing over 350 pages, from middle 80's to 400's.
NOT IMPRESSED with Google's lack of Quality Assurance.

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Página 23 - My best guide now : methought it was the sound Of riot and ill-managed merriment, Such as the jocund flute, or gamesome pipe, Stirs up among the loose unletter'd hinds, When, for their teeming flocks, and granges full, In wanton dance they praise the bounteous Pan, And thank the gods amiss.
Página 316 - Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised.
Página 217 - Blessed are the dead that die in the Lord ; for they rest from their labours, and their works do follow them.
Página 405 - Let this small monument record the name Of Cadman, and to future times proclaim How, by an attempt to fly from this high spire, Across the Sabrine stream, he did acquire His fatal end. 'Twas not for want of skill, Or courage, to perform the task, he fell ; (No, no, — a faulty cord, being drawn too tight, •< Hurried his soul on high to take her flight, (.Which bid the body here beneath, good night.
Página 93 - Covers were torn off for their brass bosses arid clasps ; and their contents served the ignorant and careless for waste paper. In this manner, English history sustained irreparable losses, and it is more than probable that some of the works of the ancients perished in the indiscriminate and extensive destruction.
Página 167 - Henry King of England and Duke of Normandy and Aquitaine and Earl of Anjou confirmed by his own charter for a pure and perpetual alms, as in the charter of the aforesaid Bishop touching the aforesaid foundation and gift is more fully contained. And they say that the said Priory...
Página 435 - Town, to whose public spirit and unremitting exertions for upwards of thirty years, in opening the great road through Wales between the united Kingdoms ; as also for establishing the first mail coach to this Town, the public in general have been greatly indebted, and will long have to regret his loss.
Página 390 - ... ships and second and third rates, they would leave off building such high decks, which were for nothing but to gratify gentlemen -commanders, who must have all their effeminate accommodations, and for pomp ; that it would be the ruin of our fleets, if such persons were continued in command, they neither having experience nor being capable of learning, because they would not submit to the fatigue and inconvenience which those who were bred seamen would undergo...
Página 48 - One of his Majesty's chaplains preached; after which, instead of the ancient, grave, and solemn wind music accompanying the organ, was introduced a concert of twenty-four violins between every pause, after the French fantastical light way, better suiting a tavern, or playhouse, than a church.
Página 407 - The mother-city of the realm heard. is reasonably furnished with faithful preachers: certain other cities, not many in number, are blessed too, though not in like sort. But the silly people of the land otherwhere, especially in the north parts, pine away and perish for want of this saving food : they are much decayed for want of prophecy. Many there are that hear not a sermon in seven years, I might say safely in seventeen. Their blood will be required at somebody's hands.

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