Christians; the majority of them are swayed more by the usages of the world than by any definite perception of what constitutes duty—so far, we mean, as relates to the subjugation of vices which are incorporated, as it were, into the existence of society; else why is it that intemperance, and slavery, and war, have not ere this in a measure been driven from our land?
Is there not Christian influence enough here, if properly concentrated, to accomplish these things?
Skepticism itself cannot be at a loss to answer this question.’
It was of course important that the Philanthropist
, as a journal of temperance and reform, should keep aloof from party politics, and Mr. Garrison
endeavored to bear this constantly in mind; but that it cost him, with his ardent interest in political questions, some effort to do so, was apparent from an occasional paragraph or editorial defending Henry Clay
against attacks made upon him, or urging voters to support Governor Lincoln
for reelection, or commending the new ‘American System’; and one correspondent even took him to task for publishing an extract from Mr. Webster
's speech on internal improvements.
, like the Free Press
, reported the State
and Congressional legislation, and gave a summary of foreign and domestic news.
For a time, also, the suicides, fires, crimes, and disasters attributable to intemperance were effectively grouped each week.
In the fifth month of his editorship Mr. Garrison
published a series of three editorials on ‘Female Influence,’ in which he expressed his surprise that more effort had not been made to enlist the active support and cooperation of women in promoting the temperance cause.
The power of their influence and example was pointed out, the extent to which they and their children suffered as the innocent victims of the terrible scourge of intemperance was eloquently pictured, and their duty to do everything in their power to banish the intoxicating cup from their tables and homes enforced.
Finally, the formation