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[82] Christians who participated in the liquor traffic, though he was hardly prepared at first to indorse a suggestion that total abstinence be made ‘a covenant engagement by the churches.’ Almost every number recorded the formation of some new temperance society, and in the fourth month of his editorship Mr. Garrison gave, in a prospectus of the third volume, a resume of the progress made and the work accomplished since the establishment of the paper:

Two years have elapsed since the Philanthropist was 1 established for the purpose of checking a vice which had become predominant over every other in our country—horrible in its nature, alarming in its extent, and threatening the stability of our best institutions. Prior to that period, nothing comparatively was heard on the subject of intemperance—it was seldom a theme for the essayist—the newspapers scarcely acknowledged its existence, excepting occasionally in connection with some catastrophes or crimes—the Christian and patriot, while they perceived its ravages, formed no plans for its overthrow—and it did not occur to any that a paper, devoted mainly to its suppression, might be made a direct and successful engine in the great work of reform. Private expostulation and individual confession were indeed sometimes made; but no systematic efforts were adopted to give precision to the views or a bias to the sentiments of the people.

When this paper was first proposed, it met with a repulsion which would have utterly discouraged a less zealous and persevering man than our predecessor.—The moralist looked on doubtfully—the whole community esteemed the enterprise desperate. Mountains of prejudice, overtopping the Alps, were to be beaten down to a level—strong interests, connected by a thousand links, severed—new habits formed— every house, every family, and almost every individual, in a greater or less degree, reclaimed. Division and contumely were busy in crushing this sublime project in its birth— coldness and apathy encompassed it on every side—but our predecessor nevertheless went boldly forward with a giant's strength and more than a giant's heart—conscious of difficulties and perils, though not disheartened—armed with the weapons of truth—full of meekness, yet certain of a splendid victory—and relying on the promises of God for the issue. By extraordinary efforts, and under appalling disadvantages,

1 Nat. Philanthropist, April 25, 1828.

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