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acceptable year of the Lord. And he closed tbe book, and he gave it again to the minister and set down : and the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him. And he began to say unto them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears. And all they in the synagogue, when they heard these things, were filled with wrath, and rose up, and thrust him out of the city, and led him unto the brow of the hill (whereon their city was built) that they might cast him down headlong. But he passing through the midst of them, went his way."
Mark how the spirit of aristocracy. opposed with unrelenting violence, the blessed Redeemer! and methinks, was he again to appear in some courts, and some superb charches, he would again meet with similar treatment. And in order to prove him a fanatic, or an impostor, they would again, use the brief argument of, “ Have any of the nobility or gentry (or the rulers and pharisees) believed in him." And this alone would be sufficient to stagger the faith
of the admirers of aristocracy, who would lick the dust which royal vil. lains, and right hon. knaves walk upon in order to court their favour; yet these poor servile wretches are in the eye of aristocracy, no better than beasts of burthen; and yet they submit to be trampled under foot, by men as weak and more wicked than themselves
; by men who are doomed like themselves, shortly to become the food of worms, in the silent grave. I would humbly beg leave to transcribe one passage more of sacred writ, to prove more forcibly in what contempt aristocrats are viewed by heaven, and in what high estimation those whom they despise and trample upon, are held by the Sovereign of the skies; I mean the virtuous poor.
“Go to now, ye rich men, weep and howl for the miseries that shall come upon you. Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are moth-eaten. Your gold and silver is cankered ; and the rust of them shall be a witness against you, and shall eat your flesh as it were fire. Ye have heaped trea. sure together for the last days. Behold, the hire of the labourers who have reaped down your fields, which is of you kept back by fraud, crieth : and the cries of them wbich have reaped are en. tered into the ears of the Lord of Sab. aoth. Ye have condemned and killed the just; and he doth not resist you." Jam. 1, 3, 4, 6.
I could produce a thousand passages of Scripture to prove my assertions, (but the preceding I hope will suffice;) but alast well I know, that there are thousands so debased by habitual servility, that neither argument nor oppression, will convince them of their contemptible folly and stupidity. They will boldly affirm, that it is both just and generous, to take 1,100,000 pounds sterling out of the public taxes, for the civil list of one man! to support a royal ideot in pomp and grandeur! while thousands of poor miserable wretches, who are forced to contribute thereto, are perishing for want of the necessaries of life. When any man in church
or state, is intrusted with too much power or pay, corruption naturally generates around him. The most superficial glance at the history of monarchy and episcopacy, will corroborate this assertion; for episcopacy in my view, is in miniature, what monarchy is in magnitude. I could exhibit instances, where interested ecclesiastical tyrants bave wriggled themselves into the favour, of even a good old bishop, intrusted with enormous power, and have been a curse and a scourge to the church of Christ, but delicacy prohibits the exhibition of such instances. Ignorance* on a throne and in the pulpit,
* If ignorance appears on the throne arrayed in imperial purple, and in the pulpit ornamented with sacerdotal silk and cambrick, how great then must the ignorance in the cottage be! It is the duty, therefore, of our free government to exterminate this bane of republicanism, and foundation of monarchy, from our country as much as possible. The national and state seminaries which I have proposed to be organized in this country, might be supported by a tax levi. ed on men possessing enormous wealth: For instance, men possessing 10,000 dollars per annum to pay five dollars for every thousand above 5,000: this would be taxing luxuries with a witness!
has been the ruin and the disgrace of the human family.
I have dwelt much longer upon this part of our subject, than I at first contemplated ; and my endeavours to conciliate mankind, and ameliorate the miseries of the poor, even in these political strictures, I confidently believe, are pleasing in the sight of heaven. Indeed, a thousand volumes would not contain a catalogue of the miseries and calamities, produced by the influence of aristocracy and despotism, and the innumerable instances wherein they bave infringed the rights of God, and annihilated the rights of man. It pains me to my heart's core, even to think of them! I must therefore let fall the dreadful çurtain, sprinkled with the innocent blood of millions of my poor unhappy fellow mortals, and drop a tear of pity on the victims of political and ecclesiastical intolerance; whom I wish to relieve, but wish, alas! in vain.
I have raised the curtain which bides the deformity of monarchy and aristo