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The response to the growing use of birth control is merely "alarm," while the reasons given in the exhortation to discountenance its use are individualistic and nationalistic (though "character" could be read theologically in this context, with bishops writing as chaplain to the collective English soul).
Where a man in any station had given satisfactory evidence of his fitness for it, a new president would be restrained from attempting a change, in favour of a person more agreeable to him, by the apprehension that the discountenance of the senate might frustrate the attempt, and bring some degree of discredit upon himself.
It is a two-act melodrama written, as the Lord Chamberlain's licensing copy announces after the title, 'to discountenance the brutal practice of Prize-fighting'.
The missionaries, to be sure, had good reasons to discountenance Korean nationalism.
To discountenance public seminaries of learning is not an agreeable undertaking but while they are thus perverted, they ought not to be supported.
To discountenance this claim, he cites various "explanatory systems" that he says are not "evolutionary.
Was it not enough to disturbe the common peace, to alienate the hearts of the Commons, to stirre up a restles and factious Rebell, to muster out a league of mutinous and riotous conspirators, to discountenance and overbeare a lawfull king, to weaken, to disauthorize, and last of al most furiously to murder him, but presently they which stand in the gate must laugh at it, the drunkards make songs of it, and thou thy selfe Sixtus like a parasite upon a stage applaudest unto it?
Throughout the city and state, each public official was required to take an oath of loyalty, stating that he or she "will bear true allegiance to the United States, and support and sustain the Constitution and Laws thereof; that I will maintain the National sovereignty paramount to that of all State, County or Corporate powers; that I will discourage, discountenance and forever oppose Secession, Rebellion, and the disintegration of the Federal Union; that I disclaim and denounce all faith and fellowship with the so-called Confederate States and Confederate armies, and pledge my property and my life to the sacred performance of this my solemn oath of allegiance to the Government of the United States.
For since nothing can be more natural, than to encourage with Esteem and Reputation, that, wherein every one finds his Advantage; and to blame and discountenance the contrary: 'tis no Wonder, that Esteem and Discredit, Vertue and Vice, should in a great measure correspond with the unchangeable Rule of Right and Wrong, which the Law of God hath established; there being nothing, that so directly, and visibly secures, and advances the general Good of Mankind in this World, as Obedience to the Laws, he has set them, and nothing that breeds such Mischiefs and Confusion, as the neglect of them.
The law, however, does not look to the degree of utility; it simply requires, that it shall be capable of use, and that the use is such as sound morals and policy do not discountenance or prohibit.
Several important considerations have been touched in the course of these papers, which discountenance the supposition that the operation of the federal Government will by degrees prove fatal to the State Governments.
of purpose to disgrace and discountenance him'," and, the report continues, "On many occasions since, Clipsam has left the church when Blabie has got up to preach, 'to the pernicious example of the parishioners'.