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the people, and has a direct tendency to destroy and frustrato our high hopes of civil and religious liberty, and finally to anni. hilate our happy republic. “The worlds last bope," and to bring in both kings-craft and priest-craft--the tools and engines of aristocracy; and which has always, since the world began, grown out of the conflicting interests, of the numerous aristocratic factions, of every country, in which the common people have no share, but have been invariably the sufferers. Aristo. cracy is mightily on the increase in the United States latelyIt has always existed amongst us; but at present, their conduct is more daring and insolent, than ever it has been in the republic heretofore; and they act with more unblushing and bold effrontery than formerly. A more unqualified insult, has ner. er been offered to their vassals, by any of the lordlings of Eu. rope, than was impudently offered to the high-minded free men of Western Virginia, by a member of the late convention, in putting our citizens upon an equality with their slaves. These are the sentiments of every aristocrat; but few of them are so ungarded as to avow it so openly. Nay, more-the same spirit if they had the power, would exterminate by fire and sward, all who w ould oppose their unholy purposes.

Some seek diversion in the tented field,
And make the sorrows of mankind their sport,
But war’s a game, which, were the people wise,
Kings would not play at. Nations would do well
T'extort their truncheons from the puny hands
Of Heroes, whose infirm and baby minds
Are gratified with mischief; and who spoil,
Because men suffer it, their toy the world.

CowPER. But need we wonder at the besotted pride and arrogancy of opstarts, when we have to lament over the failings of the great and good Washington, in recommending the establishment of the military academy at West Point, which naturally has become the nursery of dandies and fops, with some honorable er. septions. And when the last days of the philosopher, the sage, the patriot and philanthopist Jefferson, were employed in finishing the University of Virginia, one of the greatest engines of aristocracy in the United States. Built by the people's money, for the exclusive use of the nabobs, whose sacred halls, must never be defiled by plebian feet.

Such dupes are men to custom, and so prone
To reverence what is ancient, and can plead
A course of long observance for its use,
That even servitude, the worst of ills,
Because delivered down from sire to son,
Is kept and guarded like a sacred thing.

CowPER.

CHAPTER VIII. INVENTIONS OF THE WORKING COMMUNITY OPPOSED TO THB

SUCCESS OF ARISTOCRACY. But it is a pleasing and consoling thought, that the stamina, the bone, the muscle, the sinews, the veins and the arteries of the body politic remain yet in a sound and healthful condition, the unambitious and working part of the community, the farmers, mechanics, laborers and artizans. But to continue the blessings of rational liberty, and to hand down unimpaired to our posterity, our fair inheritance, and their just rights, we must be jealous, we must be watchful and vigilant to counteract the insidious and open attacks of aristocracy. We have nothing to fear from a foreign enemy; the only enemy we have to dread, is the malign and demoralizing influence of the pride of dress and empty show of aristocracy. which has but too fa. tally contaminated the manners and customs of the republic already, and threatens to annihilate the republican simplicity of our fathers. Indeed, so deliterious are the effects of this moral poison, that the "gold ring and gay clothing" have well nigh eaten out the very vitals of religion in all our churches. And some Diotrephes or other that must have the pre-eminance interrupts the peace and Christian harmony of every branch of the church. Aristocracy; which never can bear e qual rights & privileges, comes strutting into the church, which ought to be made up of the pious followers of the meek and lowly Jesus, "where in lowliness of mind, each esteemeth others better than themselves," says, it will never do for us who give tone and polish to society, to put ourselves upon an equal footing with these primitive looking Christians. We who know what refinement and elegance is, must have the pre-eminance in all things, civil and religiouş. Oh you! who despise the useful, the industrious, the meritorious tradesman, workingman and mechanic; behold, I show you a mystery; and one which will be the ecstatic theme on the golden harps of that innumerable multitude which no man can number, who have been redeemed from the earth in the shining realms above thro' a ceaseless eternity! Says the proud, bloated aristocratic Pharasee, “Have any of the rulers believed on him? Is not this the carpenter's son, the son of Mary? yea, more-himself a carpenter?!! But you may say to me as the same Pharasees said to the man who was born blind, who was restored to his sight by this same infinitely precious Jesus, the son of Mary: “Thou wast altogether born in sin, and dost thou teach us?”

I rejoice at the noble and dignified stand that the working classes have taken in Philadelphia, New York and other towns and cities, in advocating their just rights and the rights of the American people. And while they invade the rights of no man nor class of men, and while we wish the aristocrat, who would disfranchise and enslave us, to be as free as ourselves, let us never stop short of a thorough and radical reformation. It is idle and vain for us to wait any longer, and expect any thing like justice from the public agents and servants who arrogate to themselves to be our rulers. The

and the right is ours. We the sovreign people must look well to the interests of the republic. The whole responsibility also is ours; we owe it to ourselves, to our posterity and to the world, to put no man in. to a place of trust, who is not the friend and able advocate of universal education and universal suffrage, The children of the Republic, rich and poor, without distinction, should be educated at the same schools and colleges. Our cause is a righteous one; it is the cause of truth; it is a holy cause; it is directly opposed to darkness, intrigue and aristocratic oppres. sion & tyranny. But while we are opposed to priest craft, ecclesiastical establishments and all the modifications of aristocratic domination, let us never forget for a moment to discriminate between our friends and our enemies; for why should we offend our best friends? who have the same end in view with us in all their efforts and in all their labors: to ameliorate the condition of the family of man. Aristocracy is a well organ ized and well disciplined corps, with many generals of great talents and consumate skill and experience in deeds of darkness. Their unholy cause is greatly promoted by our divi. sions; and I would say as Joseph said to his brethren, “See that ye fall not out by the way;" for one of their chief stratagems is to excite discord in our ranks. It is unquestionably true, that all the grand moral movements at present in the world, are but one great chain, of which we justly lay in our claim to be an important link, Or it may be fitly compareu to a grand at my in mighty movement on the march to emancipate the world from the shackles of oppression and bondage under the reign of aristocracy and its tools, kings-craft and priest-craft.

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But let us not suffer ourselves to listen to the slander that would make us all atheists, deists and infidels, not capable of moral perception, or to distinguish between truth and error; for we believe, with Cowper, that

“He is a freeman, whom the truth makes free,

And all are slaves beside." And while we would detect and expose the wickedness of priest crast, we believe that there is not a more aimiable or dignified character under the sun, than an humble and faithful preacher of the gospel of God our Saviour.

And if there is any abuse, crept into any of the benevolent institutions of the day, depend upon it, he is a spy from the enemy's camp, or a traitor, that has been cherished in our bo soms, that hath done this; he is a base aristocrat, and should be brought to condign punishment before the whole grand army and the world. Every man believes that there is absolute need for a reformation, in our own land and amongst the whole human family. And every man of reading and observation, believe that the world is approaching some grand crisis. It cannot be expected that abuses and impositions of such long standing can be remedied at once. It will require the united energies and untiring exertions of the wise and the good of the whole family ot' man, with the Divine blessing on their labors, to accomplish this mighty work. But it will be done in despite of all opposition, the light that now shines in our dark world, will shine more and more until the perfect day, though darkness covers the earth and gross darkness the people. All the powers of earth and hell cannot prevent the diffusion of the pure light of the Gospel, and its accompanying blessings, the light of science, the light of liberty and equal rights. But it cannot be expected that such a mighty renovation can be achieved without great and eontinued effort. And though there has been a great work done, it is but in a manner commenced. And as it progresses, the opposition will increase also; but its final overthrow and total extinction will be certain, and at no very distant date.

The noble benevolent institutions of the day are wielding a power for the bettering the condition of man, aided by the labors of the Press which is really astonishing. Infant and Sabbath Schools, the Bible and Missionary Societies, the Tract and Education Societies, the Colonization and Temperance Societies, and the Working men’s exertions for equal rights and privileges are all in successful operation and incrcasing, and will increase, till mankind shall be freed from the slavery, the bondage and thraldom of moral and political

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