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Emigration and sectarian rivalry

States, it is well known how freely the Irish immigrant chooses his own religion according to the new lights and new influences around him’.97 The Presbyterian missionary Edward Dill concurred. In a state-of-thenation thesis published in 1852 he assigned all of ‘Ireland’s miseries’ to Catholicism, and though he warned Britain and America of the dangers of being overwhelmed by Catholic emigrants, he also felt that once away from ‘horsewhipping priests’ and surrounded by good Protestant example, they could ‘[rise] to comfort and [walk] with God’.98 Edgar, meanwhile

in Population, providence and empire
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authorities were never overwhelmed and were frequently touched by the harrowing stories refugees brought with them. Despite the ‘silence’ that Orwell observed among the public, and despite a general wariness about foreigners and fifth columns, there was a general sympathy with their plight. At a café in Waltham Cross, Mass-Observation overheard a conversation between the sixtyyear-old proprietress and two of her younger customers, in which all agreed it ‘must be terrible’ for the refugees.46 There were also many spontaneous charitable gestures. The WVS recalls how, in May

in The forgotten French
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. The overwhelming impression is that Dunkirk evacuees, of all nationalities, were given a hero’s welcome on their arrival in Britain, this to the astonishment of some French soldiers who feared that they would be accused of letting Britain down. Such was the anxiety of a Lieutenant ‘B’, later killed while fighting with the Free French, who was overwhelmed by the kindness shown to him by the British public.15 Indeed, the cheering crowds that Orwell witnessed at Victoria and Warterloo were replicated elsewhere. In a wide-ranging thesis on Franco-British relations

in The forgotten French

many of his peers in talent and zeal. From there he moved on to the study of law. But when he was in the country, either because he was terrified and prostrated by a bolt of lightning, as is commonly said, or because he was overwhelmed with grief at the death of a companion, through contempt of this world he suddenly – to the astonishment of many – entered the Monastery of the brothers of St Augustine, who are commonly called the Hermits. After a year’s probation, his profession of that order was made legitimate, and there in his studies and spiritual exercises he

in Luther’s lives