From a number of early quotations given by Skeat (Etym.
From this time, as is clearly shown by the series of quotations in Ryle's Canon of the Old Testament, p. 257 ff.
Not only is the whole atmosphere Christian in colouring, but we actually find the Greek gods in the guise of Enoch, Elijah, &c., while Philip is a Christian martyr, and Alexander himself a great apostle, even a saint; quotations from the Bible are frequent.
Further quotations of the use of the word by the Parliamentary party are given in the New English Dictionary.
The low quotations which ruled for a number Copper of years had a depressing effect upon the industry, and many mines once profitably worked were temporarily closed, but in 1906 there was a general revival.