Sunday 27 August 2023

Fairies and Conjuring Parsons

John Selden, Table talk: being the discourses of John Selden, Esq. (London: printed for Joseph White, 1786; 1669), p.101:
There never was a merry world since the fairies left dancing, and the parson left conjuring. The opinion of the latter kept thieves in awe, and did as much good in a country as a justice of the peace.