by [ROGERS, Samuel] CLAYDEN, P.W. [Peter William, 1827-1902].
London:: Smith, Elder, 1889., 1889. 2 volumes. 8vo. xviii, 456; ix, 466 pp. Index. Original turquoise blue cloth with gilt-stamped spine, t.e.g.; rubbed. Pencil ownership signature on titles of "Post" and some related minor light pencil marginalia. Very good. First edition. This is a veritable journal of events and persons relating to the celebrated British poet Samuel Rogers' time, with passages relating to Wordsworth, Fenimore Cooper, Charles Lamb, Crowe, Washington Irving, William Roscoe, Talleyrand, Coleridge, Carlyle, Ticknor, Dickens, etc. Of salvation, Rogers writes: "He thought it a wicked doctrine to say that God Almighty would condemn any being to everlasting punishment. As everyone had some seeds of good in him, he might require a long period for improvement, but he must be saved at last. We should not step at once from this life to the full enjoyment of Heaven: thee must by different stages of probationary existence. Even the devil, if there were such a personage, could not be damned for ever." p. 262. (recorded by Henry Sharpe). The author, Clayden, a journalist and strong supporter of the North during the Civil War, was also a Unitarian minister from 1855 to 1868. He worked as editor for the Boston Guardian, contributing political and social reviews for the Edinburgh Review and Cornhill Magazine.
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