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Religious thoughts, Railways in Egypt—Lord Elgin at Singapore-

An arrested expedition—The light of reason-Difficulty about
prayer - No critic — Christian faith and Christian practice-
Advancing faith-Reflecting the mind of God-Unsuited for
philosophical inquiries - A day of humiliation - Death - The
germs of future belief-A musical Mass—The limits of self-

denial—The Jesuits and the missionaries—Taking a town-
Japan-Occasional gaieties—“Worse than a colony”—“ Setting
up his reason ”—Death of his father-Impatient merit-The
weakness of the flesh-On revolution intent-In Turin--At Nice
-Appointed chargé d'affaires at Yedo—Intolerable conditions-
The “happy despatch”—The Japanese robber—“Trussed like a
fowl ”- Alternative withdrawal or fight-Bligh's letter-Return

home, . . .

. . . . .

MEMOIR

OF THE

LIFE OF LAURENCE OLIPHANT.

CHAPTER I.

HIS PARENTAGE AND CHILDHOOD.

The subject of this memoir, Laurence Oliphant, was a man so unique in himself, so entirely individual and distinct in his generation, that it is more than ordinarily unnecessary to distinguish him by the mild and modest honours of the family of Scotch country gentlemen from which he sprang. I may be permitted, however, the natural weakness of some brief notice of the race of which he has proved one of the most distinguished members, and to which I also belong, both by birth on the mother's side and by marriage. The

urence

VOL. I.

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