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Wm. Loyd Garrison, called the “Infidelity of Abolitionism,” in which he says, when referring to a period not very remote, “we perceive by the revelations of the hour, that the religious forces on which we have relied, were all arrayed on the side of the oppressor," and amongst these he enumerates Baptists as well as orthodox and Hicksite Quakers. And when presenting the abolitionist in bis relationship to those who adopted the science of exigency, better known as the damnable doctrine of expediency, he sums up their indictment against him as follows, -"He cannot be a good citizen, for he refuses to be law abiding, and treads public opinion, legislative enactment, and governmental edict alike under his foot. He cannot be sane, for he arraigns, tries, and condemns as the greatest sinners and the worst criminals, the most reputable, elevated, revered, and powerful members of the body politic. He cannot love his country, for he declares it to be· laden with iniquity' and liable to the retributive judgments of Heaven.
He cannot possess humility, for he pays no regard to usage, precedent, authority, or public sentiment, but defies them all. He cannot be disinterested, for it is not supposable that he is not actuated by any higher motive than the love of notoriety, a disposition to be factious, or the consummation of some ulterior design. He cannot be virtuous, for he is seen in the company of publicans and sinners, and is shunned by the chief priests, scribes, and Pharisees. He cannot be reli
giously sound in the faith, for he impeaches whatever is popularly accounted piety, as but an empty observance, a lifeless tradition, a sanctified villany, or a miserable delusion. He ought not to live for “ it is better that one man should die than that a whole nation should perish.” What an indictment against the abolitionist, by men who made the sun dark with the arrows of persecution shot against him! We might, however, bring Mr Spurgeon nearer home and refer him to the spirit of prosecution and persecution evoked amongst the Baptists and Quakers against Governor Eyre; and also to the carnality which now and then crops out from beneath what is spiritual in his own nature, but we forbear.
Is it any wonder there should be such a labyrinth in connection with American questions or subjects, when great and good men should make such egregious blunders, and lamentable mistakes ? On no topics have the press, pulpit, or platform reeked with greater falsehood, or been associated with wilder or stronger delusions, all of which, bad the moral and civil tests been applied, would have brought out the real character of our people, the true condition of Society, the causes of the late war, and the present difficulties connected with re-construction.
When pointing out the contrast between those who had cast their war clubs and spears away, and renounced them in honour of King Jesus, and those who had made Christianity a means of inciting men
to let loose their passions against each other, and of turning a beautiful country, almost resembling a blooming paradise, into an aceldema, when bringing before a venerable minister the above contrast, “Ah!" said he, “they will live to regret this."
The editors of the Daily News, Nov. 7, 1866, say that Gen. Wade Hainpton, who was an officer in the Confederate army, ought to be thankful that he has not an old world government to deal with, as they would soon make short work of hiin. Unfortunately for these nien, there is no analogy between the governments suggested or referred to since European governments were based on supremacy; but not so our Congressional, since all states respectively reserved their sovereignty when they gave in their adhesion to the Union ; and it has also been exceedingly unfortunate for the Federals to have to amend a constitution to which they had pledged their lives, fortunes, and sacred honour to maintain.
It has been said that the black flag is flying on all sorts of enterprises at present, with the exception of our monetary ones in America, which are being described to be in a bealthy, prosperous condition. But how is the market rigged to give us our sudden riches in America ? When the late war commenced paper money was made legal. The government turned banker, put vast sums of their paper currency into circulation, and depreciated their value. Another law was passed to make the legal
paper currency illegal when presented at the custom house. This practice brought one hundred million dollars of money into the Federal Exchequer in gold per annum.
Can a nation ultimately prosper with such “hanky panky" processes, so called in high quarters? Private bankers entering such a “ blue mist of fraud," by such deceptive financial practices, would be openly branded as dishonourable men ; but such men, when they make their appearance, sink into diminutive proportions, when placed side by side with our Titanic official knaves at Washington.
Of all the stings of bitterness left behind by the late war in America, none are so deep, or are adapted to create a stronger revulsion in the public mind than the continued imprisonment of Jefferson Davis, the chieftain of the late Confederate States.
What a disgrace to our so-called civilization ! And what a stain it leaves on the character of men who claim to be descendants of the Anglo-saxon
The attempt made to connect Jefferson Davis with the assassination of the late President Lincoln has miserably failed, and strange revelations have been brought to light, leaving deep stains of infamy behind to all concerned.
A tremendous reaction has taken place in the Southern states since their subjugation, which is shown in the advice unanimously given by the governors of those states to the state governments
and people to reject the amendment to the Constitution introduced into Congress by the Hon. Charles H. Sumner, so-called and adopted by it.
The extreme radicals have returned their representatives in increasing number and power to Congress, to relay the foundations of the United States government, which have been so much drenched in blood. The difficulties before them are of the inost stupendous character, and we fear that such men as Butler, Stephens, and Sumner will not be able to lessen them or contribute to their removal.
The prospect in America is anything but bright and cheering; and how could it be otherwise except we had some of that stern, solid thing called moral stamina, underlying the character and institutions of the masses of the people like some huge granite rock ?
This is the great desideratum required, without which we can have no sound religious history, or stable foundations on which any political institutions can repose.
JOSHUA R. BALME,
American Clergyman, 114 Gt. Dover Street,
Borough, London, Jan. 1st, 1867.