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Catholic (Newspaper) - September 3, 1842, London, Middlesex tjf v HO LI FOR THE CATHOLICS TffE BEITISH I SEPTEMBER PRICE s Proprietors pf this Journal have to announce that the future numbers will be sent gratuitously to every Catholic clergyman Great to every parish priest in Ire and totheheads of every CathohV cqllege and institute education in the United In carrying buta measure that1 will so much tend to diffuse Catholic intelligence among who have the deepest interest in it vast expense must of necessity be to meet the Proprietors confidently anticipate A Dialogue concerning Witches and Witch By George Gifford Reprinted from the edition of London Printed for the Percy Society On first perusing vtlus we thought should have to disturb a of books froni their and place them tipon our In orderly array from the ponderous fbho td the clapper from the Sfal leus Maleficaram to the Monde on reading a few we found there was no necessity for a revival of our weird fearful The little volume was com wise they w41 b6aue6 ly the cheerful sizb scriptions of those clergy to i i VIS1UUJC Wad Iposedrso as to be accessible to the humblest ilustrious heads of the clergy and studiously avoids all ab struse all learned or metaphysical dislpisitions upon the forlorn arid themes wmch properly belong to the The George a clergyman and this for the edification of his The district round in where he was notorious for the intensity and variety of its and has supplied rolled ainong its forenaost subsc nothing of the large number of the febtestant clergy themselves who are among its voluntary J These are some of the reasons which induce the believe that pjan may be successfully adopted by and they have only to add their reliance that all classes of the Catholic body will cooperate with them in the furtherance of so desirable an T It IB requested that any clergyman who may not receive his paper in due will at apprize the publisher of the v of THE in answer to several inquiries from the begs to state that the following are the terras for inserting advertise f and o Ahove six and 0 Per line above p One column 3 THE is1 0 6 6 0 0 LIC is publiabfl every Saturday morn in time for the early post lUlts curculation is differ ent fronv that of any other Besides the sale to tfce it is sent oMtfie day of publication to all the Catholic clergymelFin Great to priest in to the of every Catholic college and instrcuie for education in on ratiocination would have been altogether out of only Itp defeat the object the worthy clergyman had in The very simplicity of the style and familiar nature of the language has its charm to the lover of pure old and lends value to the work as an excellent specimen of the as used colloquially in the time of Queen It will be curious to observe how little different it is from that used nowa days by those who affect not fine who eschew the sesqui pefalia yerfiawe have manufactured from the who seek not to turn sentences and make fine but who speak straightfor without any ambition save that of being Another merit which this logue is that of disclosing a multi tude of thef superstitions which prevailed amongst the people at that and convey ing a notion of the state of manners and feehngs in a rural district of The volume was first published in 1593 there was a second edition in 1603 from hence Mie Percy Societys by whose editor it is ishrewdly It is remarkable that the second edition appeared in the opening year of the reign of a monarch who pubhshed a trea on as much distinguished by ed ignorance as the present is by enlight it is highly probable that the accession of the royal author gave occasion to the second edition but in other very happy distinguished for but neither the one nor the other for ignorance on the both were over loaded with But this by the six years before the first edition of the book on had published another trea tise relating to entitled ADis course of the subtile practises of Devilles by Witches and To this he alludes in his wherein he explains the objects of his are com pendiously declared on the on mf A A Dialogue concerning Witches and Witch in which is lay how craftily the witches but many and so leadeth them awrie into manie great errours by George minister of word in I have done it he says m the way of dia to make the fitter forthe capacity of the simpler We are not prepared to deny that such a form may have its advantages in addressing the simpler for it admits of explanation in every and exposition in every some one style of which can scarcely fail to reach the comprehension of the step to written with the profound wisdom and theearaeat jl of observations we cannot Both James and his in the editors not of Stateof ciatfridt foil V and to lose its by its In present the nature of the subject to men who are even as the inhabitants of Maldon in our authors the would be peculiarly if it were not for the extrinsic mat ters of curiosity which it Taken merely as a discourse upon there are a hundred treatises alike for rarity as intrinsic would have been better worth the patronage tfce Percy Giffards appears to be It confined within the sphere of his dutaefi to wards his He enters not upon the great questions pf the possibility of witchcraft existence of witches he does not even touch the What is a witch i Whe a ition desire ther from in a certain m to some small or from die to persuade and the superstitious He accepts as genuine al the evidence to him with respect to aHeged however p A On the on the Soqetya title editors name is WWL J The the Giffbocdi same Tie old spelling ia hkdy to be co the editor chose to depart from surely he ought to aasignedhis
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