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them humbly to repent and reform, that we may once more be a prosperous and happy nation.
But alas! when I remember the lassitude and turpitude of a large majority of what are called the ministers of Christ, these portentous times, I am ready to weep and tremble by turns. Those watchmen cry peace, peace, when God gives the most awful notice of approaching calamities. Those right reverend dons, and lordly doctors of divinity, (who receive from 1500 to 3000 dollars per annum, for reading two sermons every sabbath, in honour of the meek and lowly Jesus) now solace themselves in plenty, at the expence of honour, honesty, and every noble principle; but they will then be punished with signal severity. Instead of calling sinners to repentance with earnestness, and preaching to the poor the everlasting gospel, they array themselves in sacerdotal silk and cambrick, and read with a cold dead monotony, in pulpits fringed with flowers of gold, their written sermons to their rich audi.
tories. Should they not imitate our blessed Redeemer, by going about continually, doing good by every possible means to the poor, if they are indeed his disciples and chosen ministers. And if they are not his true ambassadors, are they not more guilty in the sight of God than the highway robber? Oye idle, indolent, elegant, and ungodly clergymen! how can you look your Judge in the face, when you have so long made merchandise of his gospel, and usurped the stations of his true ministers? neither entering heaven yourselves, nor suffering those you call (in the language of monarchy) your people to enter there. How can you expect your just judge to apply this endearing address to you, in the final day of retribution? “ Come ye blessed of my Father," &c. “ for I was a stranger, and ye took me in; naked, and
ye clothed me; sick, and in prison, and ye visited me.” Do you think he will utter a palpable falsehood, by applying this address to you, when you live in the habitual neglect of these car
dinal virtues? There are thousands and tens of thousands in the lanes and alleys of our cities, who hear no more of the gospel than the wild Indians on the banks of the Ohio; yet you see them going to destruction, and will not call them to repentance, although you are so well paid to do so ? Surely the blood of the poor, and the dollars of the rich, will be required at your hands in a coming day. Many of you have enriched yourselves by imposing upon the credulity of the wondering cheated, priest-ridden multitude; which is far worse than robbery: therefore your riches are now, and will be hereafter, a swift witness against you. If the forebodings of my mind are realized, woe, woe, woe, to the ungodly clergymen of the land !
I will humbly take the liberty to consolidate my remarks on the present portentous signs of the times, by a quotation from the greatest philosopher and statesman in the world, (who is no enthusiast) and from the most popular poet of modern times. The first, speak.
ing of the oppression of the African race in the United States, says, “I trenible for my country, when I remember that God is just: that his justice cannot sleep for ever: and that a change of circumstances is among probable events. The Almighty has no attibute which can take side with us in such a conflict.” The poetical quotation is equally to the point, namely:
“ Sure there is need of social intercourse, BENEVOLENCE, and peace, and mutual aid, Between the nations, in a world that seems To toll the death-bell of its own decease; And by the voice of all its elem nts To preach the general doom. When were the winds Let slip with such a warrant to destroy ? When did the waves so haughtily o'erleap Their ancient barriers, deluging the dry? Fires from beneath, and meteors from above, Portentous, unexampled, unexplained, Have kindled beacons in the skies, and th' old And crazy earth has had her shaking fits More frequent, and foregone her usual rest."
Since writing the foregoing I lave been informed, that a certain Presbyterian minister, in the United States of America, who receives 1200 dollars per annum (for preaching the gospel) at present, has been insisting upon his
congregation to give him 400 more ; making the round sum of 1600 dollars! But as they are mostly poor people, they declared to him they could not afford any more than 1200 a year: he has consequently turned his attention to school keeping. This information I could not believe, as I had a predi. lection in favour of this minister, who is an intelligent, and in other respects, an excellent man. I therefore called upon one of his congregation, who confirmed the above intelligence : it is therefore too true. I feel it impressed upon my mind, to ask the above clergyman, or rather, to beg him to ask his own conscience, if it is consistent with heathenish honesty, much less moral rectitude, for a man to insist upon 1600 dollars per annum salary, from a congregation of poor people, living by the most laborious industry. One of them I am acquainted with, a worthy widow, who has to support herself and five small children by her own labour. She has hitherto given her mite to support this great parson, although she