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[84] was prepaid. Temperance was by no means the only subject to which the Philanthropist gave consideration, but such question as lotteries, imprisonment for debt, peace, and the ‘desecration of the Sabbath’ by the transportation of mails and of passengers on that day, were constantly discussed in its columns. The last theme especially engaged the attention of the editor, whose orthodox training led him to regard ‘Sabbath mails’ with severe reprobation. Infidelity also came in for his frequent denunciation, and he commented approvingly on the communication of a correspondent who thought that ‘the surest method to suppress intemperance and its kindred vices’ was to ‘suppress infidelity and irreligion.’ When a gathering of professed Infidels took place in New York, language almost failed to express his amazement and horror:
‘It is impossible,’ he said, ‘to estimate the depravity and1 wickedness of those who, at the present day, reject the gospel of Jesus Christ, when the proofs of its divine origin have been accumulating for eighteen centuries till the mass of evidence exceeds computation—when its blessed influence is penetrating the lands where thick darkness dwells, conquering the prejudices, and customs, and opinions of the people—and when it has acquired a grandeur of aspect, a breadth of expansion, a vividness of glory, and an increase of moral strength, which stamps upon it the impress of Divinity in such legible characters that to doubt is impiety—to reject, the madness of folly.’

A few weeks later, however, he was compelled, in referring to the Peace question, to admit that a profession of Christianity did not make men perfect or consistent, and to lament as astonishing and unaccountable the indifference so generally manifested by Christians to the subject of war. ‘They have been guilty,’ he declared, ‘of a neglect which no discouragement, no excuse, no inadequacy can justify.’ Why is it, he asked, that ‘by far the larger portion of the 2 professed followers of the Lamb have maintained a careless, passive neutrality? . . . . There are, in fact, few ’

1 Nat. Philanthropist, April 18, 1828.

2 Ibid., June 13, 1828.

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