amusement, which is a beautiful, necessary, and useful part of our nature; on the other side, government, energizing the elements of popular life into greater extent of being than they ever had before, by committing to the masses the great questions of the age; business, taking up the four corners of the globe, feeding nations, changing the current of commerce, supplying wants, creating wants.
Side by side with these stands an instrumentality of education which does not advance a whit, which does not attempt to make the life of the nation its business.
Henry Ward Beecher
said last week in his pulpit that the Antislavery enterprise was not owing in any degree to the Church
; that it had its origin, its life, its strength outside of the Church
What a confession!
You know yourselves, that in regard to two thirds of these pulpits in Boston
, no man who sits beneath them ever expects to learn, or does learn, his duty, as a voter, for instance.
Take the single question of the position of woman, on the result of which hangs the moral condition of New York.
On a law to be passed by the legislature hangs the right of the laboring mother to the possession of her wages; out of that grows the welfare of the child, care of its training, preservation of home, the lessening of temptation, the drying up of the great cancer of social life.
It is one of the greatest, if not the greatest, moral question of our day. I certainly should not exaggerate if I said that a man might attend ninety-nine out of a hundred pulpits from here to New Orleans, and he would never have his course as a voter on that question enlightened or directed, or have one motive addressed to him, -not one.
I might take Temperance, I might take any other of the great social questions of the day, and you would know, as I do, that the last place where a man would have his moral nature awakened and melted would be