Wesleyan Methodist Magazine, 3rd ser. 5 (1826), 540–56.

Official Report of the Speeches Delivered at the Twenty-second Anniversary of the British and Foreign Bible Society, on Wednesday, May 3, 1826






    Addressing the meeting on the causes of the diminution in the funds of the society, John W Cunningham declared: 'if I had the language as well as the discerning powers of Spurzheim, I should get a word to express what I mean; but you shall have the best I can give it,—there is a sort of pugnaciousness in human-nature' which maintained the level of contributions whilever the society was under attack, but which is no longer called into action (546).

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