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would virtually condemn that sermon , by censuring" Dr . Sykes ' s . This proposal was very agreeable to Bishop Atterbury and several others , the strongest Churchmen , but the warmer men being the most numerous , it was carried in Convocation to censure the
Bishop ' s Sermon directly , and this imprudent step produced the ill effects which followed . 10 . That Charles Montague Lord Halifax , upon the turn of things in the beginning of George the First's reign , was very earnest with the great
mass of his friends , to proceed moderately in the disposal of places , and was very desirous that men of ability and character , though Tories , and in with the former ministry , might not be turned out , but continued in full
favour . That , however , his applications to this purpose became ineffectual with his party , and his not succeeding in the design affected his spirits and temper so much as to be thought the chief cause of his early death .
11 . That the late first King of Prussia , being desirous to be crowned by a Bishop , created Ursinay ( one of his own chaplaias ) a Bishop , nominally for that purpose , though really not made such in any proper form before or afterwards .
12 . That Dr . Grabe left Prussia , and came into England in King William ' s time , to avoid the troubles which were likely to befall him in his own country , on account of some offence he had given there in some religious matters , for which he was summoned once before an ecclesiastical consistory . That when he first came over here , he
was almost a stranger to all philological learning and criticism , though otherwise a man well acquainted with the Holy Scriptures , and some ancient writers of the church . That he lived
at first a good deal , or chiefly , at Oxford , in chambers which the learned Dr . Mill very kindly assigned to him in his own hall ; and drew up there , at the instance and under the direction
of the same Dr . Mill , his Spicelegium Patnun , which he afterwards published . That , moreover , his Grace was with Bishop Stillingfleet when Dr . Grabe waited upon the Bishop with a present of some tract of his .
N . B . April 10 th , 1715 . His Grace Dr . Potter delivered a paper to the Duke of Newcastle , containing an
earnest proposal , that Bishops , according to the form of the Church of England , may be established in America , with reasons for it , and anticipating indirectly of presumed objections to it . This paper I have read myself , soon after it was delivered , by his Grace ' s favour .
342 Etymology of " Now- ( i-days . "
Sir , June 8 , 1821 . IN your last Number < , ( p . 279 , ) your Correspondent , € A Unitarian of Dr . Lardner * s School" appears to have introduced the expression Now-a-days , solely to make an opportunity for displaying his etymological skill in the
following note : " Allow me to ob ~ serve , that it is surprising that Dr . Paley and other good writers should have adopted this barbarous vulgarism instead of the zcords ' in our days , of tvhich it is a palpable corruption . Perhaps it is still more wonderful that even Dr . Johnson should have missed
its true etymology " That even Dr . Johnson should have missed the etymology of a word can surely be small matter of surprise to any person who has ever wasted his time in seeking etymological information from the Doctor . To a student with a taste
for etymology and not much time to trifle away , I would recommend a perusal of Home Tooke ' s Diversions of Parley , from whom he will soon learn to set a due estimate on the Doctor ' s etymological sagacity . This very word has often excited a smile , as affording
a fair specimen of his peculiar talent for Dictionary-making , his happy facility in discovering originals and tracing derivatives , various uses and collateral meanings . Witness , among others , his huge , unwieldy attempts to explain that unfortunate little word " For "
with his multiplied divisions and piles of examples , to which upon the same principle might , for any assigned or assignable reason to the contrary , have been added every instance in every book in which the word occurs .
" Noic-a-days . This word , " says the Doctor in apparent despair , " though common and used by the best writers , is perhaps barbarous . " Now , it does
so happen that this barbarous word , used as it is by most of our old and many of our modern best writers , is not only common but elegant English , and highly classical . If the Doctor , instead of exercising his ponderous
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), June 2, 1821, page 342, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2501/page/18/