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out of the possession of the Turkish infidels, which, at that time, was thought to be a sufficient atonement for all sin. But as he was taken sick, and could not go the military pilgrimage, he gave orders to have his heart taken out of his body, after he was dead, perfumed with spices, put in, a silver box, and sent to the Holy Virgin. But, by misfortune, the messenger was taken prisoner in Spain, and the heart never reached where Christ died on the cross; of course, his sins were never pardoned.
He that would purchase an elective office with money, would sell the rights of the people to reimburse himself. He who is courting office from the people, will profess regard for their good, but when he has attained his desire, he forgets his profession.
If laws were made and printed without technicals, and the mode of administering them, was without fiction, we should not hear "the glorious uncertainty of the law," so much applauded.
If you would rule well never rule too much. Many laws, and long parliaments, make not rich. !r . • I judge it not possible to frame a government, energetic enough to do good, and yet have it so responsible, but that trust, in some of its branches, must be placed in some of the agents. To make the ambition and covetousness of one, a check to the ambition and covetousness of another, will not always prevent injustice, fraud, and usurpation; and fines and punishments are as ineffectual. Few good laws, written plain, without technicals, justly administered, without fiction, or usurpation of the rights of individuals, not disturbing old peaceable customs, would tend to the happiness of society.
It is a hard, persevering work, for a majority of the people to get the majority of official power out of the hands of the minority, who have it in possession. A majority of numerical and physical strength, is kept in subjection by an aspiring minority, who have more pride and cunning, than philanthropy and honesty. What a pity I •
It is difficult to find a man who does not possess some one good pro- perty, which is useful among men; and as difficult to find one who has no defect, which he would be better without.
Thirteen of the epistles have the name Paul embodied in them. That he superintended them, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, there re mains, no doubt; but it is probable that he, sometimes, had copyists. The token which he gave to every epistle, was, " The Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you," or words to that amount.
The epistle to the Hebrews, does not give the name of its author. It is most generally supposed that Paul wrote it; if so, why did he withhold his name? The epistle to the Galatians is called a large letter, but contains only 3,087 words. The epistle to the Hebrews, which contains 6,893 words, it is said to be a letter in few words. If Paul wrote both, how are we to understand large and few?
Honor God as a law-giver, and adore him as a redeemer.
Tremble at his power, and hope in. his goodness.
Trust in his wisdom, to direct your lot in life.
If he crowns you with wealth, be thankful, if with poverty, be patien'..
My views of God are so obscurely faith in him so low, my love to him so small, my evil propensities so many, and my resistance against them so weak, that the balance of evidence seems against me, in point of my adoption; and yet, passing strange, I remain so careless about my future destiny.
The greatest opposition (among men) that I have met with, has been from preachers; among the people, I have fared better. This may be one reason why I am so great a friend to democracy, and so deadly an enemy to aristocracy.
Quick perceptions, depth of thought, strength of memory, clearness of voice, acceptable words, being influenced by the Holy Ghost, and clothed with the garment of salvation, are characteristics of a good preacher.
Can causes ever be diverted from their natural effects 1
When meat, and drink, and clothing are taxed, the poor man, who has only one lamb, has to pay as much as he, who, like Job, has fourteen thousand sheep, six thousand camels, a thousand yoke of oxen, and a thousand she-asses.
Friendly time and patience, give relief, when precipitant legislation pulls the scab off from the sore, before it is ripe, and makes it bleed afresh.
If a president appoints his successor, how does it lead on to an elector king?
Are not the appointments of the president confirmed or rejected by the senate?
Of all shapes of beauty, images, carvings, paintings, and colorings, that I have ever seen, none equal a young woman, fully grown, well formed, free of decay, neatly clad, with modest piety blooming in her face and eyes. And when she sings, and makes melody in her heart to the Lord, no musical band, with all their instruments, can equal her heavenly sound.
Eph. v., 20. Giving thanks unto God and the Father, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Phil. iv., 20. Now unto God and our Father be glory.
Coll. i, 3. We give thanks unto God, and the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. • >
Coll. ii., 2. The mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ. .
Coll. iii., 1. Do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father, by him.
1 Thes. iii, 2. Now God himself, and our Father, and our Lord Jesus Christ, &c. How is the word God to be understood in these six places T Does it intend the Holy Ghost, mentioned before the Father and Christ, or what does it mean?
Psalms xxiv, 13. Be thou exalted, Lord, in thine own strength.
Psalms xc., 1. His right hand and his holy arm, hath gotten him the victory.
Isaiah lxiii, 5, 11, 12. Mine own arm brought salvation unto me—that put his holy spirit in him, to make himself an everlasting name. >'
Acts i, 7. Which the Father hath put in his own power.
Eph. v., 27. That he might present it to himself.
Rev. xi, 17. Thou hast taken to thee thy great power, &c.
If God can thus operate upon himself, why not the incarnate God pray unto himself? Is it not the man, who prayed unto the God?
The slave trade, in purchasing and kidnapping the Africans and making slaves of them in America, is justly condemned by every benevolent man; but thousands and thousands of those who were thus treated, with their offspring, have heard the gospel and received its blessings, which they would not have obtained in their own land. Men should never do evil, that good may come; but when they do evil, God can overrule it to good purposes.
Eccl. vii, 10. "Say not thou, what is the cause that the former days were better than these, for thou dost not inquire wisely concerning this"
For nearly fourscore years, I have heard a continual lamentation among the aged, crying, "O tempora! O mores!" (O the times! O the manners !) " the customs and manners of the people, are greatly depreciated from what they were when we were young.
Many are little enough to be big in their own esteem, but few are big enough to know themselves little.
He who can bear praise without being elated, will bear reproach without vexation.
The higher a man rises in fame, the more his spots can be seen.
It is easy to see defects in another, but hard to escape them ourselves.
Precept addresses the ear, and tells how we should behave. Example appeals to the eye, and shows how works are done; but such is the opposition of the human heart, that precept is rejected, and example disregarded.
He who commands a man's purse, commands his soul. Money has a powerful influence on friendship, politics, and religion. If motley was deprived of its bewitching charms, a great part of what is called religion, would die of the consumption.
Must ambition of office, and the love of money, dissolve our union and destroy our rights? That kind providence who has watched over us for good, ever since we have been an indepe. dent nation, and signally delivered us in the darkest hours, I hope will yet deliver. Wild speculation has labored hard to make something out of nothing, but failed for want of stock. i
Our vices, as individuals, cry aloud against UM Our contentions among ourselves have no just excuse. Our ingratitude for the exclusive favors we enjoy above every other nation, threatens a deprivation of those favors. But yet, the treatment of our government with all other nations, has been concilatory, and morally just. The United States are setting the example that moral honesty, and good faith, is as sacred among nations, as it is among individuals. And will the supreme governor of all worlds suffer the nations who feel power and forget right, to crush us .' I hope not.
"And now the mighty war is o'er." Cool reason has triumphed over the ambitious insurgents. Twelve months past, I had dark boding fears that there was not patriotism enough in the United States, particularly in the eastern section, to withstand the encroachments of foreign powers, at the expense of privations; but those fears are now at an end. The experiment has made it manifest, that as fast as the people were delivered from the impressions of false alarms and false statements, they have rallied around the standard of their own government, in unusual swarms. For there has been no time since the adoption of the constitution in 1789, that a greater majority has appeared in favor of the administration, than at the present era. Let this attachment continue, and we have little to fear from foreign nations.
Any subject, act, or event, that is worthy of record, is worth reading; but much time is spent, and much labor lost, in writing, printing, and reading, what makes men neither wiser nor better.
i v Many dangers I've been in,
Many troubles I have seen,
March 3, 1837. This day closes the administration of Andrew Jackson,who has spent the greater part of his life in public services. In the command of an army, he was never surprised or defeated. His victories were many, and that at New Orleans was brilliant to admiration. As president, the energies of his mind have proved sufficient to adjust every hard question, and expose and confute all conspiracies formed against him. The rights of the people, the integrity of the states, and the chartered powers given to Congress, he has adhered to, with a moral courage that has astonished the world. Under his administration, the debt of the nation has been all paid, with a large surplus remaining, monopolies have been cramped, indemnities obtained, treaties made, land purchased, commerce protected, &c. And I know of nothing, that a people may reasonably expect from good government, but that the United States have enjoyed under his administration. No calamity, that his enemies predicted would attend his measures, has ever appeared; and every good that his friends looked for, far beyond their expectation, has come to pass. But now his work is over, and millions are exclaiming :—" well done, good and faithful servant." In returning to his longed for home, he will carry with him the good wishes and gratitude of a great and prosperous people.
The first seven presidents of the United States, had, all of them, an active part in the revolution; but that generation has now passed away. To-morrow, a president will take the chair, whose knowledge of the revolution is drawn from books. Whether, during the presidency of seven succeeding presidents, should the world remain, the principles of democracy will be as dear to the people, and as much adhered to by men in power, will be known hereafter. Our children will have the same right to change their government, and alter their laws to suit themselves, that we and our forefathers had. If they choose a government of aristocracy and hierarchy, though we deprecate the change, yet we acknowledge their right.
Jan. 6, 1841. Gen. Harrison comes into the presidency by an overwhelming majority; of course, the greatest part of the people are pleased. If, as many men believe, the means made use of for his promotion, have been ridiculous, false and deceptive, degrading to any country that looks for respectability, still he is the chosen one. I will acknowledge him. For him will I pray. But whether he is exalted to be a scourge to the United States, or a blessing to the people, I leave for the future historian to say. I am no prophet.