Wide was his parish, and houses fer asonder.
Elsdon was once a market town as some say, and a city according to others; but as the annals of the parish were lost several centuries ago, it is impossible to determine what age it was either the one or the other. There are not the least traces of the former grandeur to be found, whence some antiquaries are apt to believe that it lost both its trade and charter at the Deluge.charles dodgson
When the parish priest rebuked him for his celibacy, saying it would lead him into debaucheryand sin, hesaid that a man who had to be muzzled bya wife as a protection against debauchery was not worthy of the joy of innocence. After that people began to treat him with priestly respect.Liam O'Flaherty
It ought to be quite as natural and straightforward a matter for a labourer to take his pension from his parish, because he has deserved well of his parish, as for a man in higher rank to take his pension from his country, because he has deserved well of his country.john ruskin
[To] have an unmannerly fat clerk ask the consent of every butcher in the parish to join John Absolute and Lydia Languish, spinster.Oh that I should live to hear myself called spinster!Richard Brinsley Sheridan
The love of independence is a sentiment that surely none would wish to see erased from the breast of man, though the parish law of England, it must be confessed, is a system of all others the most calculated gradually to weaken this sentiment, and in the end may eradicate it completely.thomas malthus
And to me it seems that you have fallen asleep upon a white rock, and in a parish of dreams , and have dreamt all this in a moment while it was night .anatole france
The love of independence is a sentiment that surely none would wish to see erased from the breast of man, though the parish law of England, it must be confessed, is a system of all others the most calculated gradually to weaken this sentiment, and in the end may eradicate it completely.Chapter IV, paragraph 13, lines 11-15 (An Essay on The Principle of Population (First Edition 1798, unrevised))
I feel no doubt whatever that the parish laws of England have contributed to raise the price of provisions and to lower the real price of labour.Chapter V, paragraph 13, lines 1-3 (An Essay on The Principle of Population (First Edition 1798, unrevised))
This formal fool, your man, speaks naught but proverbs, And speak men what they can to him he'll answer With some rhyme, rotten sentence, or old saying, Such spokes as ye ancient of ye parish use.Henry Porter, The Proverb Monger, from Two Angry Women of Abindon.
A parish where life is precarious pays more poor-rates than its neighbors.p.12 (Sanitary Economy (1850))
The why is plain as way to parish church.Jaques, Sc. vii
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