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particular case in hie mind's eye , and of so managing his appeals as that ** more is meant than meets the ear" of his collective auditory . The one rouses conscience to say , ' Thou art the man $ *' the other presumes to say it himself ; and there can he no question whether the voice from within or the voice from
without has the most power . —There is nothing in Mr . Ware's Address absolutely inconsistent with what we have said . Jt is only to be wished that a little more scope had been left for his readers to infer it : that , as a good deal is said of the absurdity of an abstract , something had also been hinted of the danger of a meddling , ministry .
If our young pastors take to heart , as they ought to do , the contents of this tract , they will feel a deep sense of obligation , not only to its author , but to the agents of its circulation in this country .
Art . V . — Thanksgiving Discourse . By E . S . Gannet . Boston , U . S . 1830 .
When will any or all of the nations of Europe be in a condition to suggest to their preachers such discourses as this ? Mr . Gauuett argues from the uuiversally-admitted prosperity of the land to the duties of its inhabitants consequent on that prosperity . " We have become ' a name and a
praise among all people of the earth . ' Our institutions have now been so long in use , that the success which has attended them is notorious through the world . Our territory has been enlarged , till it is washed by each of the great oceans , and extends from the cold of a
northern clime to the region of constant warmth . Our commerce , familiar with every port in each hemisphere ; our manufactures , rivalling and often surpassing those of Europe ; the valley of the Mississippi , yielding Us products to them who seek a more abundant harvest than
can be gathered from the hills of New England ; vast tracts of land , but now thought to be worthless , found to contain inexhaustible stores of the most admirable fuel ; obstacles once deemed unconquerable , bowing before the skill of the engineer , while distance is almost annihilated ; population spreading over the prairies of the West like the
resistless fire , vet the Atlantic States exneless fire , yet the Atlantic States experiencing no decrease of numbers ; education every where engaging the attention of learned and practical men ; a taste * for the arts beginning to be cultivated ; the national resources exceeding
the bouuds of calculation ; the national revenue , collected without difficulty , and sufficient for the expenses of government ; the national debt almost liquidated ; the country at peace with all other nations , held in honour or viewed with jealousy abroad 1 at home ., order .
freedom , aud security , the universal lot ; and this scene of happiness marred . only by the ephemeral violence of parties , the temporary depression of some particular interest , or here and there a spot of unhappy omen , which fidelity to principles of justice and humanity will remove from the otherwise unclouded firmament of
our national character ;—what better evidence could we have , that these United States are now eujoying a high state of prosperity ? " There have been periods in our history , when wealth was accumulated more rapidly , as I shall have occasion again to remark , and during the last two
or three years sad reverses have fallen on individuals ; but the whole country , contemplated under one view , never presented such a scene of successful enterprise and industry , such a development of its inherent resources , such an appearance of healthful growth , such an approach towards the maturity of national existence .
' * Compare our situation with that of the other countries of the globe . England , panting and toiling under the burthen of an enormous debt ; Ireland , distracted by an inflammable and starving population - France , just regenerated by a revolution that has cost her much blood , yet trembling with the action of elements that may again overwhelm her in the horrors of anarchy ;
Spain , ou the eve of a civil war , the result of which no one can calculate ; Portugal , crushed beneath a despot's sway \ Italy , in spiritual bondage ; Austria , Prussia , aud the secondary northern powers , subject to rulers jealous of encroachment on their prerogative by the people ; Russia , under an absolute monarch , with the bulk of its immense population little elevated above barbarism ; aud the last of the European States ,
Greece , once the home of liberty and letters , awakened indeed from the debasement of centuries , but weak a , nd bleeding from the cruelties of her . oppressors . Such is the picture of Europe . With the other portions of the eastern hemisphere we need not institute a comparison . Upon our own continent we behold , on the north colonial dependencies of Great Britain , and on the south republics torn by domestic war-
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Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), May 2, 1831, page 343, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2597/page/55/