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But though he professed (morally) to be a Christian he scorned theology and did not believe in a personal god or immortality.
His Political Justice was long a classic of reform. In later years he became more conservative and a vague Pantheist. Goeth, Johann Wolfgang Von (1749-1832), Germany's greatest poet. He and Schiller led the emancipation of Germany and, especially in their Xenien (a collection of caustic epigrams, including many of religion), founded a freethought literature in that country. He was a Panthiest and skeptical about a future life. "The sensible man leaves the future out of consideration," he said. I have given a full account of his attitude to religion and his fine record in science in my biography of the great poet.
Later he was Regius Professor of Modern History at Oxford-to the anger of the clergy-spent 20 years writing his famous History of England, and raised a storm by giving away the early impotence of Caryle, whose literary executor he was. Fuller, Sarah Margaret, Marchioness of Ossoli (1810-1850). She began to learn Latin at six and Greek at 13, was literary critic of the Tribune for a time, and had a high place in American culture. Her husband the Marquis of Ossoli had to fly with her from Italy for rebellion against the Papacy, and both were drowned at sea.