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1838 edition. Excerpt: ... indicated the daring of his character;
the sharp bones, hard clear skin, and quick restless eye, showed
the excitability of his temperament; while the habit, evidently a
familiar one, of casting his looks at seasonable intervals upwards,
as if appealing to Heaven, could leave no doubt that a pretended
piety was the ordinary accompaniment of all his actions, or had
been skilfully assumed and assiduously practised since necessity
had rendered it advisable. If enthusiasm may be deemed to mean a
self-abandonment in the pursuit of the object of that
enthusiasm--and such is the meaning which, in the conventional
employment of the word in the present day, is charitably assigned
to it--he was no enthusiast. Religion might be made by him the
pretence and the means, but worldly advantage was the object. In
the less stormy transactions of life, he was the sort of man who
would have said prayers three times a day in his family, and
cheated all his neighbours in the interval; a course of practice
unhappily not entirely ideal, as the notes of Lord Chief Justice
Best, on a trial at Exeter, but too amply prove. Tyler seems to
have been the most active, though not in rank the most important of
Thom's followers. His positive participation in the murder of his
relative, was proved by the following circumstances: On the 29th of
May, when Thom had been marching his men up and down the country,
Tyler said to him," Sir William, I heard a man say the other night
that you were a fool and a madman, and that he should have no
objection to take you." To which Thom answered, " I am at leisure
now, if any man comes to take me I shall try my arm. I can clap my
right hand on my left arm and slay 10,000 men. If the constables
come I will cut them down like grass." On the 31st...
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