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lined to Jerusalem and Judea . To Jews were his instructions delivered 5 and for the benefit of his countrymen were his miracles wrought . When they returned all with ingratitude and
hatred , he wept over them ; nor do we meet with two more pathetic passages in the course of his history , than those which applied to the devoted city he had at the time in view : passages , which the reader cannot but have in recollection . Even after his
crucifixion , upon his again meeting his disciples , when he directed them to go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature , he added those memorable words , beginning at Jerusalem . Yet in perfect consistency with this true patriotism , was also his love to the whole world .
The Apostle PauVs patriotism was such that he even wished himself accursed from , or rather in Christ ; i . e . that he might , like his Master , die the accursed death of the cross , for his brethren , his kinsmen according to the flesh , could he but effect their conversion . Yet no one will for
a moment call in question his unconfined benevolence and charity . Mr . Soame Jenyns ' s definition of patriotism - possibly deluded him . " That patriotism is to oppress all other countries ^ to advance the
imaginary prosperity of our own , But this is a false and wholly unfounded definition . It might be a convenient argument in favour of the slave-trade ; but a true patriot would he asbamed to use it .
Assuredly , neither Jesus Christ , nor his apostles , ever interfered in the political regulations of their own , or any other countries . Their commissions did not apply to them . The kingdom of Christ was not of this world . Yet I cannot but consider them as the noblest and most
disinterested band of patriots the world erer knew ; and that they were equally , in the most important sense of the term , true philanthropists . If a person is an affectionate father of a family , may he not also be a good
neighbour ? Does neighbourly kindness prevent love to our country ? or love to our country , benevolence to all mankind ? The first jcircle may be of very confined diameter : the last , embrace the universe * If jti error , in tjie above statement , I shall be happy in receiving the correction of any of
your correspondents . Leaving tbere ~ fore the discussion of this subject to abler pens , and expressing the most cordial good wishes for the increasing ' success of your highly useful Repository , I am , &c . L . H .
£$ Description of the Island of Elba *
Sir , Nov . 16 , 1815 . AS you occasionally devote your pages to general literature , I am induced to offer you , from an old book , a short extract concerning an island , . of which we had scarcely heard , till it became connected with the fortunes of that extraordinary mail , who , whether an Emperor or a captive , will be regarded * as great indeed , at least , in the world ' s estimate ^ compared with any whom the mere accidents of birth have made royal or imperial ; for , according to a plebeian sentiment which once escaped a courtly poet ,
Pigmies are pigmies still , ' though perch * d on Alps , And pyramids are pyramids iu vales 5 or , as was said of Grotius , a great man is like a famous statue , to be admired , whether on or off the pedestal . The passage which I propose to offer you is the following , from Memoires of the affairs of France during the reign of the present king 9 Lewis the XlVth . Done out of French . 18 mo . 1675 .
" J 646 . Portolongona , a place situated in the isle ofJElb , lying in the Tuscan Sea , between the Continent of Italy and Corsica , which was heretofore usurped from its own lawful Lord by a Captain of the Emperor Charles the Vth , in the year 1548 , after that delivered into the possession of his son Philip the lid , arid whose successors held it ever since , was " now besieged and taken by the French army . In the midst of . this island rises a spring , on this account the more admirable , that its waters are observed to hold proportion with the length of the days of the year , in such manner , thai when they are at the longest , the stream is able to drive a mill , but when at the shortest 'tis almost dry . "—Mem . p . 38 .
Alter making due allowance tor the propensities of a credulous age there will remain , to have occasioned this statement , some very unusual appear * X *
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Jan. 2, 1816, page 28, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2448/page/28/