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[333] Greeley most loves to discourse. In 1850, a volume, containing ten of his lectures and twenty shorter essays, appeared from the press of the Messrs. Harpers, under the title of ‘Hints towards Reforms.’ It has had a sale of 2,000 copies. Two or three other lectures have been published in pamphlet form, of which the one entitled ‘What the Sister Arts teach as to Farming,’ delivered before the Indiana State Agricultural Society, at its annual fair at Lafayette in October, 1853, is perhaps the best that Mr. Greeley has written. But let us glance for a moment at the “ Hints.” The title-page contains three quotations or mottoes, appropriate to the book, and characteristic of the author. They are these:

Hasten the day, just Heaven!
     Accomplish thy design,
And let the blessings Thou hast freely given
     Freely on all men shine;
Till Equal Rights be equally enjoyed,
     And human power for human good employed;
Till Law, and not the Sovereign, rule sustain,
     And Peace and Virtue undisputed reign.


Listen not to the everlasting Conservative, who pines and whines at every attempt to drive him from the spot where he has so lazily cast his anchor. . . . Every abuse must be abolished. The whole system must be settled on the right basis. Settle it ten times and settle it wrong, you will have the work to begin again. Be satisfied with nothing but the complete enfranchisement of Humanity, and the restoration of man to the image of his God.


Once the welcome Light has broken,
     Who shall say
What the unimagined glories
     Of the day?
What the evil that shall perish
     In its ray?
Aid the dawning, Tongue and Pen!
     Aid it, hopes of honest men!
Aid it, Paper! aid it, Type!
     Aid it, for the hour is ripe!
And our earnest must not slacken
     Into play:
Men of Thought, and Men of Action,
     Clear the way!


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