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To the Christian Philosopher, all things are consistent
PRINTED AT TROY, N. Y
IT REMEMBERED, That on the
ninth year of the Independence of the
stration of the existence of God. Answers to
all things are consistent and clear.- Southey."
R. R. LANSING, Clerk
A second, and perhaps a third, volume will, as is intended, be added to this work; but several years may elapse before their publication. I am aware that many errors, in the style of this volume, might be corrected by a thorough revision, but as I have no more time to spend upon it, it must go before the public, such as it is.
December 1, 1824.
The American people have arrived at such a degree of freedom, prosperity, and happiness, that there is danger that they will forget their God. This fate ig the more to be deplored, because as God has given them the fortune, (would that I could call it good,) to drink deeper than others of the bliss of this world, he will require from them the greater gratitude and worship. Though unfortunately he may expect that the gratitude of man, instead of being elevated by prosperity, will diminish as his happiness increases. Where much is given, much will be required in return; but there shall little be received. The miserable cry to God for assistance, in humble and acceptable prayer; but the happy do not thank him for the prosperity which he has granted. So great is the perversity of the human mind, so liable is man to be turned by pride from the path of reason and duty, and to forget the Being to whom he owes his life, and the happiness which he enjoys.
For these reasons, freedom and peace, which always lead to the prosperity of the people that possess them, the greatest blessings which man can desire, when this world alone is regarded, become exceedingly danger