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n pulpit, which soon became a national platform, he was preaching straight at human nature, and touching it with a more and more liberating hand as he advanced in years.
From his Seven lectures to young men (1844) to his Evolution and religion (1885) he came a long way. The Lectures are addressed apparently not to young men in general, but to young employees—clerks, mechanics, salesmen, and apprentices.
Hence their flavour of Poor Richard and the Industrious Apprentice.
Guided to his audienshed his task of educating public opinion at home and abroad toward the abolition of slavery, he turned to this other task of spiritual emancipation.
If I had preached thirty years ago, he says in one of the sermons of his Evolution and religion (1885), what I preach now, it would have been a great mischief to you; but for thirty years I have been cautious, and have fed you as you could bear it.
Beecher did not, it would seem, understand the full power of the instrument he was employing, and