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6159 Thomas Babington

AUTHOR:Thomas Babington, Lord Macaulay (1800–1859)
QUOTATION:  The Puritan hated bear-baiting, not because it gave pain to the bear, but because it gave pleasure to the spectators. 1 
ATTRIBUTION:History of England. Vol. i. Chap. iii.
Note 1.
Even bear-baiting was esteemed heathenish and unchristian: the sport of it, not the inhumanity, gave offence.—Hume: History of England, vol. i. chap. lxii. [back]