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at least, must appear sufficiently momentous and persuasive. Independently of the Christian religion, they would all be slaves--worse than slaves the slaves of barbarians, of brutal and ferocious masters. The cause is gained. My fair auditors have enlisted under the banners of the cross. They will all become active and zealous members of our association.

The name of every lady in this house, and in Davidson County, will be added to our catalogue, and thus, ten thousand dollars, in spite of the lords of creation, will find their way into the Bible treasury. Should any lady refuse to contribute a dollar per year to promote the temporal and eternal welfare of three hundred millions of her sisters, might she not, with justice, be regarded as an enemy to her sex ? But poverty, ignorance, misery have never yet appealed to the female heart or purse, in vain. All the world besides may frown, and treat the wretched applicant with contumely and scornbut woman will sympathize, pity and relieve. She ever mourns with those that mourn, and weeps with those

that weep.

you are.

In the last place, we appeal to Christians—whether real or nominal--of every age, sect and denomination. Perhaps you are all included under this head. We hope

Were there any infidels present, I would not treat them harshly or uncourteously. I would repeat to them a well-known anecdote, from high authority, and leave the application to their own sagacity.

“Sir Isaac Newton set out in life a clamorous infidel; but, on a nice examination of the evidences for Christianity, he found reason to change his opinion. When the celebrated Dr. Edmund Halley was talking infidelity before him-Sir Isaac addressed him in these or the like words. “Dr. Halley, I am always glad to hear you when you speak about astronomy, or other branches of the mathematics, because those are subjects which you have studied, and well understood; but you should not talk of Christianity, for you have not studied it. I have, and I am certain that you know nothing of the matter.

Why men should be hostile to the Bible, is not easy to account for, except on the ground of ignorance or malignity. The pre-eminent excellence of its moral code, I believe, has never been questioned. Even the atheist Vanini, who was most indefatigable in searching out objections against Christianity, owned that he could find nothing in it that savoured of a carnal and worldly design.

Bolingbroke says—“No religion has ever appeared in the world, of which the natural tendency is so much directed as the Christian, to promote the peace and happiness of mankind; and the gospel is one continued lesson of the strictest morality, of justice, charity and universal benevolence."

The testimony of Gibbon is remarkable. “While the Roman Empire (says he) was invaded by open violence, or undermined by slow decay, a pure and humble religion gently insinuated itself into the minds of men, grew up in silence and obscurity, derived new vigour from opposition, and finally erected the triumphant banner of the cross on the ruins of the capitol.” (Rom. Hist., vol. i. p. 392.)

Again he adds

“The Christian religion is a religion which diffuses among the people a pure, benevolent, and universal system of ethics, adapted to every duty and every condition of life; recommended as the will and reason of the Supreme Deity, and enforced by the sanction of eternal rewards or punishments.” (Rom. Hist., vol. ii. p. 200.)

If such be the real character and genuine tendency of the gospel, in the judgment even of its enemies, who need hesitate about giving it currency among the people? So far as this world is in question, it is calculated, confessedly, to do immense good :- and it has never been pretended that it would prove injurious to our future hopes, prospects or destination.

To appeal to Christians in behalf of the Bible—and to urge reasons and motives to induce them to aid in its . circulation-would seem a superfluous task-were not the melancholy fact before us, that, by far the greater portion of the human family are still destitute of this hallowed treasure. More than six hundred millions of our race are living in ignorance and misery-deprived of the heavenly guide to purity and peace and happiness which it is in the power of Christians, and of Christians only, to communicate. This lamentable and alarming fact is enough for us to know. Were every inhabitant of these United States—were every individual in Christendom possessed of a Bible--still, six hundred millions of our brethren remain to be supplied with it - and these are daily giving place to other and to successive millions.

With all the gigantic efforts made and making—the work seems scarcely yet to diminish in magnitude. Nay, the more we search-the further we extend our visionthe larger appears the field for benevolent and vigorous enterprise. The vastness of the object to be achieved was not conceived by the original projectors of Bible Societies. The alarming deficiency of Bibles, in the very heart and centre of the most highly favoured portions of Protestant Christendom, was never conjectured or suspected. Every report of almost every Bible Society testifies, that, multitudes of families and individuals are everywhere to be met with, as ignorant of the Bible as if they had been born and educated in a heathen land. Can Christians continue lukewarm or inactive in the midst of this moral gloom and darkness and death and despair? Can they pray to the great Head of the Church, from day to day,"thy kingdom come”—and yet refuse to contribute an effort or a dollar towards its enlargement?

If the Bible really contains the best religion-the only religion worthy of universal acceptation — a religion manifestly emanating from eternal and infinite wisdom -our duty to aid in its propagation becomes too obvious and imperative to demand proof or illustration. This duty constitutes a part of the religion itself—it is inculcated throughout the volume which unfolds it. Admit the truth of the Bible -- and the duty to extend its blessings to all men follows of necessity. Otherwise, we reject a most important part of the system which we acknowledge to be of divine authority. This argument is brief_but it is conclusive.

No man was ever impoverished by giving, in the spirit of charity, to charitable objects. This is a remarkable fact in the history of benevolence, and in the history of our world.

Who is it that murmurs or complains at the frequent calls made on him, at the present day, for aid to useful, humane and religious objects and institutions? Precisely the man who never contributes a dollar to one of them.

The avaricious, selfish, miserly idolaters of Mammon, who hoard up gold, as if they expected to carry it to heaven with them, or to create a heaven out of it upon earth; the dashing, expensive, prodigal votaries of fashion, luxury, pleasure, ostentation, who covet all they can grasp, in order to maintain a style of extravagance or indulgence which is neither comfortable nor respectable,—these are the men who denounce all liberal projects and Christian enterprises as impositions on the public, and endeavour to cry them down as the offspring of knavery, hypocrisy, puritanism or priestcraft. From such men, the Bible cause expects nothing—asks nothing. Let them keep their money—they will be the poorer for it. Or let them squander it upon their vices and follies—they will never enjoy it.

While the liberal man will become the richer and the happier for all that he bestows in charity. If universal experience establishes any one maxim or principle of human conduct more clearly than another, it is this.

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