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a social, and a sympathetic heart, which draws from his pitying eye a spontaneous tear of commiseration, on the feeble argumentation of a child of sorrow, who has long been taught by his own miseries to advocate the cause of the miserable. I am now addressing men of capacious and comprehensive minds, who only require a hint in order to ascertain all I wish to suggest. Indeed they know more of the pressure of the times upon the most industrious class of the poor,'yea, much more than I do. To the intelligent, both male and female, I need not expatiate on the horrors of starving with hunger, or perishing with cold, which has literally been the unhappy lot of orphans and widows this severe winter. Was I to dilate, was I to expatiate even upon the sufferings of the aforementioned little girl, (not to speak of her parent's pangs) who was frozen to death while begging in Cherry-street, New-York, they would not listen to the story of horror, but would beseech me not to proceed; their fancy would catch at more than I could describe. At a single comprehensive glance, they would take in the miserable succession of wretched groups of weeping mendicants, brought to this dreadful state, not by their own delinquency, but by war, bloody desolating war.
I feel a tenfold solicitude, that I may not experience the same paralyzing frown of neglect from one part of the citizens of New-York, as I have from the other. If this unhappily should be the case, which heaven forbid, I would ask, will it be to the credit of the citizens generally, (either in the estimation of present or future ages) who know any thing of the severity of the weather, and unexampled pressure of the times, rendered so by the calamities of war? Oh! may heaven incline the hearts and hands of the benevolent, in all the cities and towns of the United States, to let their exertions in establishing benevolent institutions, and building soup-houses and factories, be always commensurate with these accumulating calamities! and even gaining funds for the poor by a lottery, would be more excusable than building a church by one. Finally, let the warning voice of the amiable Franklin, and his expiring speech who was the admi. ration of his society, stimulate the members of that society to provoke one another to love and good works. May that voice which almost speaks from the grave, and seems to approximate to the energy wal inspiration of Eternal Truth--may it cause both the ears of that professor to tingle, who hoards up his superfluous wealth, and knows, at the same time, that his poor unhappy fellow
travellers to the grave are literally starving and perishing for want. May heaven bless this my last address to the citizens of NewYork, in behalf of their suffering fellow-citizens, although untranscribed, and written in great haste, this 5th day of February, commonly called Sunday, by the author of
" Beauties of Philanthropy.”
SUPPLEMENTARY. Copied from “ The Mercantile Advertiser," of'
Sept. 1st, and 4th, 1815. 6 READ, CONSIDER, OBEY. 66 Citizens of New York.
6. THE VOICE OF GOD in behalf of his 1. poor, written in the Book of Creation, the
Book of Revelation, and the Book of Conscience. · “ Previous to the last national fast day I wrote the following " húml solicitations," part of which was mislaid by the printer; of course its publication was postponed. At the same time I wrote private letters to five different eloquent clergymen in New York, . humbly entreating them in the most pathet· ic language to deliver charity sermons in. behalf of their poor unhappy fellow-mortals. But, alas! to my grievous disappointment, I solicited this small, almost no favour, for the poor in vain; surely if they saw even a glimpse of their misery, their hearts though
made of stone, would relent. I hope their excuses may be valid, for, most assuredly, my request and their refusal are both minuted in the records of eternity, ready for their perusal on the final day of retribution. If the ministers of the benevolent religion of our merciful Redeemer refuse even to plead the cause of the poor, without the loss of a penny, to whom must I call, or where must I look for relief? I am well assured that very many of the wealthy members of the vari. ous congregations, only require their preachers to point out the sufferings of their poor fellow-creatures, in order to stimulate them generously to contribute to their wants.Before I introduce my “ Humble Solicitations," I would beg leave to transcribe the subsequent interesting sentiments from the books of Creation, Revelation, and Conscience, viz. Andirst, “ Learn (says the voice of Providence) from my kindness to you all, to be kind to one another." Second, read the 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th and 11th verses of the 15th chapter of Deuteronomy, for the voice of God in Revelation, which is itself an ex- , cellent charity sermon, and was the text chosen last month, by that excellent pulpit orator Dr. Staughton, whose eloquence is only commensurate with his benevolence, and may heaven pour its choicest blessings upon him! He has preached, and collected for
the Male and Female Hospitable Societies of Philadelphia, perhaps thousands of dollars: the latter society have expended, in relieving many thousands of poor families, 13,000 dollars, and have established a cotton manufactory, where they employ many poor widows, orphans, and industrious old women. To the ministers and matrons of New-York I would say, or rather the wit-' ness of God in their consciences, says, “ Go ye, and do likewise." And third, the book of Conscience also inculcates, that their blessed Redeemer will not tell a palpable falsehood the last day, by addressing the penurious and pitiless professors of piety thus: - Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom : for I was hungry, and ye fed me; thirsty, and ye gave me drink; naked and ye clothed me; sick, and ye visited me; a stranger, and ye took me in." No man surely wants to enter 'heaven by proxy. Let no man, therefore, depend upon his neighbour to fulfil the duties of philanthropy, while he neglects to practice the same. It is the guintessence of absurdity to pretend to religion, and be devoid of philanthropy: for although a man may be benevolent and not religious, it is absolutely impossible to possess a particle of the latter and be devoid of the former. I feel, therefore, impelled by some good spirit, to adjure