• Emily Lorraine de Montluzin


In the closing days of 1800 one of the conductors of the Tory British Critic paused in his duties for a last look back at the turbulent events of the 1790s and the role he had played in that critical decade in English history. ‘At the time of gloom and apprehension,’ he wrote, ‘when Faction and Impiety had grown insolent and menacing, and those principles which our Church and Constitution support … had scarcely any public advocates; … duty bid us quit our private walk to do our utmost for the general cause.’ The battle was not yet won, however, and ‘the season of gloom is not yet past! Britain, after exhausting her strength to support the liberties of Europe… [is still menaced]. The storm lowers on every side; and the power that wages war against all duties, human and divine, is daily gaining strength by victories.’ Britain’s fate, said the writer, was in God’s hands. Meanwhile, ‘our office is clearly marked. It is, to wield the arms that we are competent to use, in defence of a pure church and wisely ordered state.’1


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  • Emily Lorraine de Montluzin
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  1. 1.Francis Marion CollegeFlorenceUSA

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