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SALISBURY, NORTH CAROLINA, JULY 18, 1835.
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"MICH YET REM 41 VS UNhl'NO.
TDK DREAM OF LIFE.
Tw but a bubble yet 'twas bright.
And ijaily danced along the stream
Of life's wild torrent in the light
Of sunbeams sparkling like a dream
Of heaven's own bti.srf, fur loveliness
For rieetness, like a passing thought;
And ever of such hopes as these
The tissue of my life is wrought:
For I have dreamed of pleasures which
The sun of young existence smiled
Upon my wayward path, and then
Her promised sweets my heart beguiled;
Hut when I came those sweets to sip
They turned to gal upon my lip.
And I have dreamed of Friendship too:
For friendship I had thought was made
To be man's solace in the shade,
And glad him in the liifht; and so
I m adlv thought to find a frien 1
Whose soul with mine would sweetly blend,
And as two placid streams unite.
And roll thir waters in one bright
And tranquil current to the sea,
So might our happy spirits be
Home onward to eternity
Bat he betrayed me; and wit J pain
I woke to sleep and d real a ajain.
An ! then I dreamed of Iov; and all
The clustered visions of the past
Seemed airy not-ims to that lat
Bright dreaia. It threw a magical
E.ichautment on existence cast
A glory on my path so bright
I seemed to breath and feel its light ;
J?.jt now that blissful dream is o'er.
And I have waked to .'.ream no more.
Bvond each distant glimmering star,
That twinkles in the nrc'i above.
There is a world rf truth and love
Which earth's vile passions nver mar;
Oil! could I snatch the eagle's plumes,
An i vir to that bright world awiy,
Vn:ch God's own holy light illumes
With glori ;s of eternal ilay,
How g'?-'dy every lingering tie
That binds me down to eartli I'd sever;
And l ;ave, for that blest ho ne on high,
Tins hollow hearted world f .revcr.
FEMALE BEAUT V A.VU ORNAMENT.;.
Tiie ladies of Japan gild their teeth, an 1 those
of the I tv lie paint them ret. The pearl teeth
must be died black to be beautiful in Guzurat. In
CI reeiiland, women color their faces with blue and
yellow. However fresh the complexion of a Mus
covite may be, she would tiii lk herself very ugly
if she was riot plastered over with paint. Tiic Chi
nese must h ive their feet as diminutive a tho-e or
the she 'oat, and to reti 1 ;r them th is, their youth
is past m the tortures. In ancient rersia,an aqui
line nose was often thought worthy of the crown,
and if thsre was any competition between two prin
ces, the people went generally by this criterion of
imj'jsty. In sne countries ihi nnthyM break
the n se of their chil Iron, an 1 in others press the
head between two boards, that it may become
squ ire. The moWn Persians have a strong aver
sion to re 1 hair. The Turks n U! contrary, are
warn, admirers of it. The female Hottentot re
ceives from the hand of h r lover, not silks, nor
wreathes of lliwers, but warm guts and reeking
tripe, to dress herself with enviable or mn mt.
In China, small round eyes aw liked, and the
girls are coutiau il'.v plucking their yebrow, that
they may be thin and long. The Turkish women
dip a gold brush into the tincture of a black drug,
which thev piss over their eyebrows. It is too
visible bv dav, but looks shining by night. They
tinge their nails with a rose colar. An African
beautv must have small eyes, thick lips, a large
Hat nose, and skin beautifully black. The Empe
ror of Monomotapa would not change his amiable
negr ess tor the mast brilliant European beauty.
An ornament of the nose apears to us perfectly
unnecessary. The Peruvians, however, think other
wise; and they hang on it a weighty ring, the thick
ness of which is proportioned by the rank of their
husliands. The custom of boring it, as our ladies
do their ear, is very common in several nations.
Through the perforati on are hung various materi
als; such as green crystal, gold, stones, a single,
an 1 sometimes a great number of gold rings. This
is rather troublesome t them in blowing their nos
vs: an t the f .ct is. son? hive i:ifrmd us that the
Indian ladies never perform this very useful opera
The female head-dress is carried, in some coun
tries, to a sin-mlar extent. The Chinese fair car-
head th-" fimiro of a certain bird. This
bird is composed of c pper, or gold, according to
the quality of the person. Th wings spread out,
C:ill ni-PT the front of the head-dress, and conceal
the temples. The tail long and open, forms a beau
tiful tuft of feathers. The beak covers the top of
h ikkr: the neck is fastened to the body of the
artificial animal by a spring, that it may the more
freelv nlav and tremble at the slightest motion.
The extravagance of the Mvantses is far more
ridiculous than the above. They carry on their
head a slight hoard, rather longer than a foot, and
nUint six inches broad: with this they cover their
hair and seal it with wax. They cannot lie nor
lean, without keeping the neck straight, and the
country bung very woody, it w not uncommon to
ith their head-dress entangled in the
in it. - j
-. . . i l i
trees. Whenever they como ineir nair iney pass
an hour by the fire in melting the wax; but this
combing is only performed once or twice a year.
Tie Inhabitants of the Island of Natal wear caps
or bonnets, from six to fn inches high, composed
of the fat of oxen. They then gradually anoint the
head with pure grease, which, mixing with the hair,
fastens these bonnets for their lives.
Prom the National Intelligencer.
TIIE ENGLISH TIIE PRIMITIVE LANGUAGE
OF THE WOULD.
Such is the title of a humorous chapter in the
miscellanies of that strange creature, Dean Swift.
It is ab)ve eighteen years ago since I read it, and
it was only recalled to my mind the other day by
reading some of the articles of your grammatical
correspondents. I am not one of those who atlect
to despise the learned labors of etymologists ; who,
not satisfied with drinking of the stream, must
trace it to its source. It is a laudable curiosity,
and there are more unprofitable " hunting excur
sions" than his
" Who starts a word and hunts it in the dark.
Through Greece and Home, and into Noah's Ark."
1$ it the Dean of St. Patrick set down every
thing as fair game, ami showed as little mercy to
etymologists as he did to any other class of wor
thies. He commences his chapter, 1 remember,
by stating as a provable fact, that the Hebrew nor
the Welch was the primitive language of our race,
but the IJnglish. And he then proceeded to adduce
his proofs some of them sufficiently droll. It may
not be iiiiair.using to your readers to give them,
from memory, a specimen of these proofs.
Mos!l. ( Mow-seas.) He cut out the Ued Sea
into two parts.
Itaac. (eyes-ache.) Having been troubled with
much pain in his eyes, prev ious to his total blindness.
Again, in the (Jreek:
Andromache., (Andrew Mackie,) was called af
ter her parent, a Scotchman.
Alexander the Great, (all eggs under the grate.)
The Emperor was very fond of poached eggs, and
when the searvants of the kitchen the kitchen ca
binet of other days saw him approaching, they
were wont to exclaim "all eggs under the grate!"
lSucephalus, (busy fellows.) Alexander's steed
was attended by a vast number of grooms, who
were always busy aliout him; and hence the term
which deserilied the holders, came to be applied to
the horse itself busy-fellows.
Peloponnesus. (Pail up and ease us.) The inha
bitants had to fetch their wafer in pails, from a con
siderable distance without the city. Whenever
they mot with a stranger they put down their pails,
and addressed him in th'n phrase, "pail up and
ease us!" Hence the place was so called by fo
reigners. Straho, the traveller and geographer, was ex
ceedingly fastidious in his dress and manners, and
ifor this reason was denominated in his travels as a
Misanthropus, (pure English, mice and throw
puss.) The individual thus designated, was a splene
tic churl, who, having quarrelled with all his neigh
iKiurs, till he could get no one to quirnd with him,
even resorted to the following exp"dieut to gratify
his malicious inclination. He ha 1 an empty attic
m his house, into which, by dint of cheese and other J
mouse-like temptations, he succeeded in congrega
ting every week a great number of mice. Ha
would then bring up his cat, and suddenly opening
the door, throw it in among them. His neighbrs,
hearing of this, bestowed on him the appellation of I
mice and throT puss, which other pretended scho-
ars would pretend to be derived from misos anlhro-
P' . . . . .
I conclude wan one more instance, which me
Deati gives :
Archimedes, (hark'ee-maids.) Everyone knows
that this great philosopher was exceedingly abstrac
ted when at his studies, and every one knows equal-!
ly well, that house servants have but little confide-
ration tor quiet philosophers. Such was the case
with the great mathematician. Every five minutes
he had to leave his interrupted studies and c ail out
to the vociferous population of his kitehen, "hark-
& i . i 1 1 I r 4
ec-mai'is: .nu, in revenge, mey caueu mm .ir-
I will, in conclusion, repeat that I intend no dis
respect to those who admire the diversion of Pur
ley, in thus narrating the Etymological Diver
sions, of the Dean for St. Patrick."
Commodore Porter, in his letters from Constanti
nople, says that the Turkish women are even f ind
er of, and more addicted to shopping than those ofj
We copy from the work the following descrip
tion of the Sultan's great ship Mahmoud:
"I visited every part of the ship. She is larger
than our Pennsylvania. The carpenter's work and
the materials of which she is composed, are not
equal to those of our ships, but when I say we have
not a ship in our service whose ornamental parts,
equipments, and outfit are at all to Ikj compared to
those of the Mahmoud, as regards richness, ele
gance, utility, and expense, I say no more than the
truth. Her batteries will consist of one hundred
and forty guns, of calibres from five hundred pounds
downward. On her main deck she is to carry four
of this description, the rest are to be firry-two
pounders. Every gun on board is as bright as bur
nished gold; her gun carriages are absolutely ca
binet work; all the iron work about thern is like
polished steel, and the brass work, of which there
is much, corresponding therewith. The beautiful
polish of the rich and costly woods of which the
ceiling, sides, and bulkheads of her cabin are com
posed, strikes the eye with a dazzling magnificence.
The tloors are covered with the same woods laid in
a kind of Mosaic. All the rest of her equipments,
which are in a high state of forwardness in the
store houses, are in the same keeping; and when
' all are put together, and the Mahmoud is com.
I plete, the Turks will have it in their power to boast
of the largest and most splendid snip m tue woriu.
Description of a Wife. "Vow there's Mis
Polly Johnson, though I love her, I wouldn't gin
her "sister Sal for a bushel on her: and I'll tell you
why : Sal understands he 7dogy. That is, to git
up at day-light, milk cows, bike bread, churn but
ter, cook victuals, hoe corn, make mush, save time,
waste nothing, knit stockings, doctor folks, talk
plain English, keep her temper, and read the Bi
ble." Cood !! !
Sjtokcn by Mrs. Chapman, at the lieneft given to J.
SUeriJan Knoicles, at the Park Theatre, A". York,
oa the bt of Apiil, ls:i Written by Guoroe I.
Morris, Editor of the New Vork ilirror.
Nay ! Mr. Sanson ! 'Tis not kind polite
To shut me out, sir! I'm in such a fright !
I cannot speak the lines, I'm sure! Oil, fye!
To say I must but if I must I'll try !
From him I turn to these more generous souls,
The drama's patrons and the friends of Knowles.
Why, what a brilliant galaxy is here!
What stars adorn this inimick hemisphere !
Names that slime brightest oa our country's page !
The props of science literature the stage!
Above below around me woman smiles,
The fairest floweret of these western wilds
All come to pay the tribute of their praise
To the first dramatist of modern days;
And welcome to tne green home ot the free,
With heart and hand, the bard of liberty !
His is a wizard wand. Us potent spell
Broke the deep slumber ot the patriot Tell!
And placed him on his native hills again,
The pride and glory of his fellow uien !
The oet speaks for Koine Virgiuia bleeds!
Bold Cains Gracchus in the forum pleads!
Alfred the Great, because the good and wise,
Bids prostrate England burst her bonds and rise !
Sweet Bess, the beggar's daughter, beauty's queen,
Walks rorth the joy and vvoder of the sceace !
The Hunchback enters kindly fond severe
And last, behold the glorious Wife appear!
These an: the blight creations of a mind
Glowing with genius, chastened and refined.
In all lie's written, be this praise his lot,
"Not one word, dying, would he wi.-h to blotf
UjKin my life 'tis no such easy thing
To land the bard, unless an eagle's wing
My Music would take: and, lixing on tiie sun
Her burning eye, soar as his own lias done !
Did you speak, sir ! What, madam, did he say !
Wrangling! for shame! before your wedding uay,
Nay, gentle lady, by thine eyes of blue.
And vermeil blushes, I did not mean you.
Bless me, what friends at every glance 1 see,
Artists and authors men of high degree;
Grave politicians, who have weighed each chance
The next election, and the war with France;
Doctors, just come from curing half a score,
And belles, from killing twice as many more;
Judges, recorders, aldermen, and mayors.
Seated, like true republicans, down stiir!
All wear a glow of sunshine in their faces
Might well become Ajiollo and tle graces.
Except one yonder, with a look infernal,
Like a blurr'd page from Fanny Kcuible's Journal!
But to my task. The muse, when I began,
S;vike of the writer welcome ye the man.
Genius, at best, acts but an humble part,
Unless obedient loan honest heart.
And such a one is his, for whom, to-night,
Thee walls are crowded with this cheering sight.
Ye love the p-et ofl hive conn'd h.ui o'er
Knew ye the. man ye'd love him ten times more.
Ye critics spare him from your tongue and quill,
Ye irods ap.tlaud him, and ye lops be .-till.
doctuin::s of infidelity.
TO TIIE COKPOK ATE AUTHORITIES AND
THE CITIZENS OF NEW-YORK.
An occurrence, which took pluce during my late
visit to your "city of cities," requires some public
notice. On the evening uf Sunday bist, whilst
walking Droadwuy, in company with my friend,
(Jen. (ieorge VV. Williamson, uf this city, I expres
sed a curiosity to see "Tammany Hall," which I
had heard sp ke:i of as your rreat arena for public
discussion. We accordingly preceded thither ;
and, on entering the Hall, discovered, to our sur
prise, a large audience assembled, listening appar
ently with wrapt attention to a speaker who was
addressing them from a pulpit at one extremity of
the Hall. The door keeper required of us sixpence
each, as the price of admission, which we paid,
and took our seats on one of the buck lietiches.
On looking round, I discovered, tint of the audi
ence which nearly tilled the large Hail, about one
half consisted of respectably dressed females, of all
ages, from the young girl just blooming into wo
manhood, to the aged matron. Immediately on
the left of the pulpit, on front bench, .ere seated a
number of venerable old men, some If dd from age,
and others with scanty locks, which had been whi
tened by the frost of many score of winters. In
the rear of them, were a number of persons, with
musical instruments in their hands; and nearly
fronting the puipit, was a gentleinao in appearance
with a beautiful and most intereting Hoy, appa
rently about fire years of age, in his arms, whose
youthful glance appeared to be directed, with fa
scinating influence, to the speak' r in the pulpit.
The rest of the audience were well dressed persons
many of them youths, from sixteen to eighteen
years of age. After making this rapid survey,
and directing our attention to the speaker, our pre
possessions were at once excited in his favor. He
was apparently about io or 30 years ot age, ot
handsome personal appearance, winning address,
musical voice, and exhibiting o reat powers of elo
cution. He was passing in review the different
systems of Theology of the various sects and na
tions of the world, shewing much historical re
search, and evincing much talent. We were de
lighted, and congratulated each other on having
gone to the Hall. A revulsi ja of feelings, howev
er, soon took place, when on his making a practi
cal application of what he hail been reviewing, the
result of all his facts and reasoning was INFIDE
LITY, in its most undisguised, naked, and disgust
ing form. When he finished his address, which
was evidently a prepared one, he resigned his place
in the pulpit to an elderly man, of rude manners,
and most unprepossessing exterior, who read from
a book several verses, which were sung by most of
the audicnce-principanv bv the females-accompani
ed by the musical instruments. The sume person
then commenced and delivered an address, which
occupied about thirty minutes, anil which, for gross
ribaldry, impiety, and the most revolting profanity,
was never exceeded daring the wildest excesses
of the French Revolution. I will not enter into
the disgusting detail of all he said, but merelv
st.ite a few of his doctrines. He boldly ridiculed
and denied the ExistQ ice of a God ; declared, with
emphasis, that the Holy Bible teas a Humbug ;
and that all Professors of Religion tcere wily hy
pocrites, whose sole object was to till their bellies
with beef and pudding. I listened with horror and
astonishment horror, that any civilized or human
being should openly profess a belief in such doc
trines astonishment, that the promulgation of them
should be tolerated in any community. I looked
round at the audience. The old men nodded assent
even to the most ultra of his doctrines ; the females,
whose sensitive feelings, and lively imaginations, too
often make them the victims of designing men, lis-
tened with avidity, aud some of them even respond
ed with a laugh to hiss grossest ribaldry ; a youth of
not more than 10, next to whom I sat, in response
to some of the doctrines exclaimed 44 that is true !"
and the beautiful little hoy, in the arms of his
father, near the front of the pulpit, whose ductile
mind and warm infantile feelings were prepared to
receive any impression for good or for bad with
opened mouth, and eyes beaming with interest and
intelligence, drank in the polluted stream from that
old mans' lips.
I am no fanatic I am no bigot I am not what
is called a Pkofkssor of Religion. Though at
tached as a member to the Church of my forefa
thers, I am not, as yet, a communicant, though I trust
the time is not far distant when I shall be able to
realize the pleasure, and assume the responsibilities
of one. The leading principles of Christianity, how
ever, were instilled into me from my eailiest youth.
Reason and reflection have confirmed their truth.
The whole universe the stars and the firmament
the mountains and the valleys the land and the
ocean, with their countless inhabitants all nature,
animate ami inanimate proclaim with one voice
the existence of a Supreme Being. The idea is
implanted in our very nature. It is incorporated with
all our institutions, whether religious, political, or
social. It is the substratum ujkmi which the consti
tution of our free govcr. intent rests. The respon
sibilities which it imposes, and the duties it incul
cates, in all the relations of life, are the grand ce
ment which keeps society together.
Entertaining these opinions, my feelings revolted
at the doctrines which I heard so .shamelessly pro
claimed. As a citizen of a free country, whose liest
institutions would wither under the poisoning influ
ence of the Upas Tree of Infidflity ; as a member
of a social community, all of whose connecting and
controlling bonds would be broke through, were
they not sustained by the obligations which are in.
culcated by the Rible ; as a philanthropist, vv no
could not see vouf.i and old age trembling op. the
verge of a precipice, without raising a warning cry,
and extending forth a helping hand to save them
from pf rditioa, I determined to enter ir.v protest
against the doctrines I had heard. I w;jS a father.
The age the lieauty the intelligent, look of that
little boy, spoke to my heart in a l anguage it well
understood. It reminded me of t.ty little boy my
only son of the same age the, same beautv the
same intelligence whom that Divine Being, whose
existence these men denied thought proper, in his
providence, to take to himself. Thank Hod ! iris
infant mind was never polluted by the name of in
riiiKLtvv; and the best consolation which I h ive
for his loss, is in the certain hope that he is enjoy
ing that immortality of happiness in another world
which these miscalled Philanthropists would de
prive us of.
As soon as the last speaker closed his address, I
advanced to the pulpit, and m the mildest and most
courteous manner, requested of the two speakers
jiermission to address a few words to the audience,
in reply to them. I was refused. I observed to
them tiiat it was a public meeting, for admission in
to which we had paid at the door; that they had
stated that the only true guide was Reason, and
had, in both their addresses, challenged investiga
tion into the correctness of their doctrines; that
their doctrines were, to mv mind, so blasphemous,
aud so subversive of the principles of our govern
ment, that I was anxious for an opportunity to re
fute them; that if their doctrines could bear the test
of reason, they ought not to refuse investigation.
The younger of the sjieakers then said, "appoint
my day this week and we will hear you." I repli
ed, that I was a stranger, and that mv engagements
required me to leave the city, on my return to Bal
timore, the next morning; that their seeches had
been prepared with care, and that mv reply would
be extemjioraneous ; that 1 wished, whilst the minds
of the audience were warm from the glowing im
press of their addresses, to erase the impression,
before it had become indurated by time. I was
again refused. I appealed then to the old gentle
men on the front bench, on the left of the pulpit,
who stated that they were Trustees of the Society.
They also refused me with much vehemence of man
ner. I then turned round and appealed to the au
dience. I sard to them "that I was a stranger in
their city, and had been attracted by curiosity to see
'lammany Hall, a name associated with Demo
cracy, and with liberty and freedom of speech ; that
I was from the South, whose citizens, from misap
prehension of their character by many in the East,
were supposed to lie somewhat latitudinarian in their
religious opinions ; but that the doctrines which I
had heard that night were so blasphemous in their
character, and so demoralizing in their tendency
so subversive of the free institutions under which
we lived so inimical to social order, and so utterly
at variance with all my preconceived opinions of
religious obligations, and of moral duty, that I was
constrained to enter my protest agianst them ; that
I had apjiealed to the speakers and to the Trustees
for permission, which they had refused, and that I
now appealed to th em, and asked "will you hear
me?" The appeal was responded to from the au
dience bv the often repeated cry of " hear him."
Before I could avail myself of this permission, I was
surrounded by the Trustees, who accused me of dis
turbing their meeting, and said I should not speak.
Up to this time, no violence had been oftered ; but,
whilst madly remonstrating with the speakers and
Trustees about their refusal tocomply with the wish
es of the audience, a gallant man, one of the
Fiddleks, who was safely entrenched behind two
- '- . . i
row s of benches, struck a blow at me, which, how
ever, did not reach me. This was the signal for tu
mult. I was seized by the Trustees, whose age
and grey hairs protected them from a blow ; and,
notwithstanding the assistance of my f riend, Gene
ral who Williamson, participated in my feelings, and
manfully sustained me through the whole aliair, we
were both precipitated over benches and chairs,
with much violence, and soon found ourselves at
the bottom of the stairs. One of the Trustees,
whose head was bald from age, and who had been
most prominent in the " melee," followed us to the
street and called the watch, whom he required to
take us into custody. The watch, after hearing his
statement, refused." We then requested, as a favor,
to be taken before the City Authorities, which he as
sented to. On our arrival at the Police OlRce, the
Trustee preferred his complaint against us, and in
sisted on our detention. I gave a simple statement
of facts, which was corroborated bv the volunteer
testimony of many- gentlemen, who had followed us
from the Hall, and whose honest indignation, which
the presenceof the presiding Alderman could scarce
ly restrain, furnished the lcst commentary on the
whole proceeding. The complainant was promptly
dismissed by the presiding judge, and we were po
litely informed that we were at liberty to depart.
To the gentlemen, before whom we were so unex
pectedly arraigned, I tender the thanks of Ge neral
Williamson and myself, for the politeness we expe
rienced, and the civilities which they extended to
us. After remaining at the office until the crowd
had dispersed, we returned to the City Hotel, and,
in pursuance of our previous engagements, left your
city at 10 A. M., in the steamltoat for Baltimore.
This is a plain relation of facts. Do they not
furnish subject for most grave and serious reflection '
Do they not, with starling voice, appeal toyou in all
the various relations of life ? As the corporate au
thorities of the city of New York, you are the con
stituted guardiansof the people's morals the watch
men over their civil and political liberties. Will
you tolerate, in your enlightened community, the
promulgation of doctrines destructive of both. If
any man wis to preach in your streets the doctrine
of irresponsibility to your civil institutions, he would
be denounced for treason, and the stron"- arm of the
law would be extended to him. Will you permit a
higher treason, which preaches man's irresponsi
bility to his God ? If any one was publicly to pro
claim that female chastity was a folly, and vir
tue but an idle name, would not public indignation
brand him as a wretch, and the civil authority con
sign him to the Penitentiary ? And will you sufler
the open and public avowal, with a view to make
proselytes, of doctrines which, by breaking down
all moral barriers, would make prostitutes of your
wives and daughters, and felons of your sons ? As
parents, you are deeply interested ; for he who de
nies all responsibility to his God or to his country,
will hardly recognise the responsibility of a child
to his parent.
And who are these men ? They call themselves
"Moral Philanthropists." Is it in the desecration
of every thing, which the united and matured wis
dom of all who have preceded us have taught us
to lie Holy ! Is it in attempting to subvert our free
institutions to break asunder every moral tie which
binds us together, and to reduce us to primitive na
ture ? And what do they offer you in exchange I
For immortality they proffer to you annihilation f
For the meek and lowly Redeemer, they would
substitute the " Goddess'of Reason,'''' who', in the
sanguinary and beastly orgies of Robspierre, Mu-
rat, and their Sans Culotte compatriots, was appro
priately personated by a JYaked Prostitute
Citizens of New Y'ork ! Descendants of the
Knickerbockers, the virtuous old Dutchmen of
your State ! are you willing to make the exchange ?
Will the old men, on the verge of the grave, sur
render the hope of immortality, which has solaced
them through life, and now cheer them on their
passage to eternity?
Will the youth of your city abandon the religion
of their forefathers, and repudiate a belief which
restrains them from vice aud stimulates them to
Will the matrons of your city become proselytes
to doctrines which will teach them, whilst straining
their infants to their bosoms, that the objects of
their maternal care, around whom all woman's fond
est affections and devotions concentrate, are mere
clods of the valley, which, like the brute beast, will
return to their original nothingness, and be lost in
the darkness of annihilation ? Ask tiiese questions
of yourselves, when you retire to your chamber
in the silence of night and with the world shut
out ; and let your hearts and your conscience an
It will perhaps be said, that the doctrines of these
men are so revolting, and their numbers so few, that
no danger is to be apprehended, and that contemp
tuous silence is the best answer. Delude not your
selves with the fallacy. "Lay not this flatterina
unction to your souls." Their poison is an insidi
ous one, which, while you slumber in fancied secu
rity, will penetrate to the hec.rt's blood of all your
institutions, and all the balm of Gilead will be una
ble to eflect a cure. Arouse, lest you fall into that
moral "sleep that knows no waking." Let public
opinion awaken in all its energy, and tell these mo
ral incendiaries, that they shall not be permitted to
throw their firebrands into your community, and
reduce to one moral ruin, your altars, your temples,
and your domestic hearths. Infidelity is a weed
w hich is not congenial to our soil. It is an exotic.
Do not transplant it into your moral garden ; it will
extirpate every wholesome and beauteous plant,
until it grows into a tree, which overshadowino
your noble city, will wither and destroy every thin
within its influence. Establish a moral quarantine
around your city, illimitable in point of time, and
which no ingenuity can evade. Do this, and you
will deserve the thanks of your fellow citizens.
I have the honor to be your-fellow citizen,
E. L. FIN LEY.
Baltimore, 2?th May, 1835.
Poverty is not a shanie, but being ashamed of it is.