Twenty-five sermons; a memorial of twenty-five years' ministry

 
9781236093592: Twenty-five sermons; a memorial of twenty-five years' ministry
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1868 Excerpt: ...where the natural rights of every man must be not only conceded but protected, no matter what may be his height, weight, or color. All laws enacted to the prejudice of men on account of these distinctions, or any of them, are essentially unjust--out of the line of the divine order, and at variance with the infinite justice of God. How then, are we to regard the present conflict in the neighboring States in its relation to the high purpose of Providence with respect to this continent? In looking at this question we have to clear away a cloud of passion and misapprehension. For, mixed up with this conflict we have seen a spirit of hostility manifested towards the old land from which the Pilgrims sprung, and with which we ourselves have a privileged connection. This hostility, in the manner and measure of its expression, and in view of the simple facts of the case, has been unreasonable and unjust, and has been prejudicial to the Federal cause in the mind of the English-speaking populations of the globe. Its existence, however, may be readily explained, and may be extenuated. A man cannot be expected to look at things reasonably, or express himself calmly, when a strong and desperate hand is at his throat and a loaded revolver at his head. And this has been the situation of the neighboring nation of the United States for two years past, as it is at this day. I gladly recognise, however, in welcome contrast to this spirit of hostility, the movement lately set on foot by some generous merchants of New York to contribute to the relief of the suffering operatives of Lancashire. Their humane words and Christian deeds will live in history. Theirs is a more patriotic, because a more honorable and Christian work than crimination. It will be far more serviceable to the...

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