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all tongues. Through it, hand in hand with the glorious beam of education, which is now commissioned to illumine the cot of poverty, the veriest son of indigence is instructed to adore his God : nay, even the unenlightened inhabitant of countries the most remote from civilization, now, perhaps, in the hour of dismay and death, pressing his Bible to his heart, breathes a prayer for the prosperity of that country, whose precious gift has taught him to draw his consolations from “ another and a better world.”

Availing ourselves of this inestimable liberty of the press ; viewing with concern the extension of error, and seeing no other probable way of arresting its

progress ;

after
many

and long deliberations, we venture our “ MONTHLY CORRESPONDENT” before the Public Tribunal; its name implying that it is principally intended as a vehicle for the opinions of men of genius and experience, superior to our own, which we shall think cheaply purchased with all the expense and pains our work has cost us. Fully aware of our own incompetency to decide on

and those arguments have hitherto been of little or no avail in remedying the evil.

It therefore seems there is but one mode of removing, or freeing from its absurdities, a science growing so much into repute among a certain class of people, and that is, by a more extensive and satisfactory investigation through the medium of the press, the omnipotent regulator of public opinion; which, with all the disadvantages it labours under, is still the great bulwark of British virtue; and which, in this only, of all other European countries, is really free. It is open to all kinds of discussion; through it men of the most opposite opinions become known to each other; and from the collision of their arguments, conviction, harmony, and improvement spring. There is no vice so elevated, no absurdity so latent, but what shrinks, and dreads annihilation from its power; no laudable invention, no gradation from good to better, either in the physical or moral world, but what is indebted to the

press for its exaltation and its usefulness. Through this sacred medium, even now, intellectual and divine lights spread amongst all nations and in

all tongues. Through it, hand in hand with the glorious beam of education, which is now commissioned to illumine the cot of poverty, the veriest son of indigence is instructed to adore his God : nay, even the unenlightened inhabitant of countries the most remote from civilization, now, perhaps, in the hour of dismay and death, pressing his Bible to his heart, breathes a prayer for the prosperity of that country, whose precious gift has taught him to draw his consolations from “ another and a better world.”

Availing ourselves of this inestimable liberty of the press; viewing with concern the extension of error, and seeing no other probable way of arresting its

progress; after

many

and long deliberations, we venture our “MONTHLY CORRESPONDENT" before the Public Tribunal; its name implying that it is principally intended as a vehicle for the opinions of men of genius and experience, superior to our own, which we shall think cheaply purchased with all the expense and pains our work has cost us. Fully aware of our own incompetency to decide on

matters that appear to be scarcely within the level of the highest mortal understandings, we have hesitated at the task; yet, with becoming boldness, shall not be afraid to publish from time to time all such disquisitions and exemplifications for investigating this science as may conduce to the great moral end proposed.

Some of us have been informed, by men whose talents the world, as well as ourselves, have long known and admired, of the boldness of our design ; of the impossibility of carrying such an undertaking into effect, without incurring the disapprobation of many of our fellowlabourers in the world of literature, We have been told of the silent shaking of the friendly head; of the look composed of grief and pity, that wounds far more deeply than the united sneers of folly, insolence, and scorn together. We have been told how little chance we have of obtaining the elucidations of those scientific minds that alone can give our work the stamp of respectability; they having generally treated our leading subject as too ridiculous to be worth a second thought; to which we answer

We conceive the importance of any attempt that tends to clear the source of any

doctrine practised and believed by a large portion of society, as deserving to be acknowledged ; particularly if a considerable part of that society be composed of a sex, who, while scattering roses in our path, more acutely feel the disappointments, the sorrows, and the sufferings of life. In fact, whatever doctrine the smallest part of a community sanctions and gives credence to, will gradually extend its circumference; and the more it is involved in obscurity, or, what is worse,

in
error,

of the more general consequence it must become; the crime (or to soften it, say folly), therefore, in men of ability is, not in any attempt to enlighten and to purify, but in their contemptuous silence. Will it not be allowed that the most sublime human capacity has its boundary affixed ? Who is there, then, seeing through every link of nature's chain," her omnipotent Maker has created a predisposing cause for each effect,

can, with reason entirely on his side, utterly condemn and disbelieve a science, the whole intention of which is to explore those

that can,

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