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MANNERS AND CUSTOMS
FROM THE ROMAN INVASION TO THE YEAR 1700;
The Origin of British Society, Customs and Manners,
and Amusements of the Citizens of London, during that Period.
TO WHICH ARE ADDED,
Illustrations of the Changes in our Language, Literary Customs,
and gradual Improvement in Style and Versification,
ILLUSTRATED BY EIGHTEEN ENGRAVINGS.
BY JAMES PELLER MALCOLM, F. A. S.
“ LONDINIUM REDIVIVUM;" AND OF
DURING THE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY," &c.
THE SECOND EDITION
PRINTED FOR LONGMAN, HURST, REES, ORME,
There are no data on which an argument can be justly founded against the supposition, that the conceptions of our Aborigines strongly resembled those of other barbarous nations on this most important subject. The people least indebted to nature for capacity of intellect have a confused idea of a Supreme Being or Spirit, capable of injuring or of granting them benefits: this Spirit is worshiped by some descriptions of savages, and others endeavour to deprecate his malice.
A tribe of North American Indians was at one period generally said to be utterly incapable of comprehending the existence of a superior invisible power, from the fact of their never having been known to address themselves to a Divinity. The matter was accurately examined into by a zealous member of the English church; and the consequence was, they declared they fully believed the existence of a great and good Spirit, but that they conceived themselves so insignificant and unworthy, they dared not appear before him even