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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1890 Excerpt: ...the spirit of the Bedford Church! This is about where the St. Cuthbert's record lands all the parties concerned, when it is forced into a service which reflects upon John Bunyan's character for consistency and casts a slur upon his spotless memory. In the series of records of the Bedford Church, it is shown that that Church was sensitive in the extreme on all points which carried the appearance of fellowship with the Church of England, and to have had his child christened in that Church preparatory to 'bishoping' would have rent his own flock to pieces. Fronde had the right estimate of Bunyan's intense character and spirit when he said of him that this was his aim: 'Be true to yourself whatever comes. Better hell with an honest heart than heaven with cowardice and insincerity.' Mr. Brown's eloquent address delivered at the unveiling of the Bunyan statue at Bedford, June 10th, 1874, better illustrates Bunyan's consistency than the doubt thrown upon it by an unnatural interpretation of the St. Cuthbert's record. The statue stands with its back to St. Peter's Church, on which fact Mr. Brown remarked: 'Bunyan seems to be repeating his old offense of turning his back on the parish Church.... It is not an easy thing for men of his metal to face about at the word of command.' By a singular coincidence the birth-year of Bunyan witnessed the Bill of Rights, and the year of his death entire deliverance from popish tyranny. But if we must believe that the Register of St. Cuthbert's refers to him, then, after all his protests and sufferings, November 16th, 1672, demonstrates that, having left his 'Den' in May, six short months sufficed him to turn his back upon the consistency and integrity of his religious life-time. For two centuries history has written him as firm i...
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