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rant, and to delude others still more ignorant and stupid than themselves. Yea, verily, they shall have a second call, and the second shall be greater than the first.— Their brimstone is nearly exhausted, and their friend the Devil has not an ounce to spare, Carlile has blown up his whole magazine. The power of iruth will open a north-west passage into their tabernacles and destroy their Urim and Thummim. The ephod shall be dragged from off their priest, and their invisible brazen idol fall down before the God Reason. But as interest not religion is their prime morer, whatever promotes this will become their prevailing principle. The methodists, being composed of the lower order of people in general, so their manners are stiff, distant and forbidding, and their religious notions are the most absurd of all the religious sects. Here bigotry, superstition and bomb-proof ignorance shine in native brass. In religious matters they divest themselves of reason, and, in temporal concerns, they divest themselves of religion. Gospel ignorance shields them alike from the arrows of wit and the stings of mental reflection. Let them rest in their devout imbecility. They, who decry human sense and reason, are unworthy of argument. The wise langh at fools, but can never be angry with them. That Atheists should supersede all sects does not appear to me in the least wonderful. The only wonder is, that such a pernicious doctrine as Christianity should have survived so long. That a nation of Atheists or a community forming part of a nation, may be, is highly probable, and very possible at no distant period. When such a thing, for the benefit of man, does take place, the difference between it and saint and slave making Christianity was infinite. Christianity was evidently founded on fable, fraud and ignorance. Atheism will be founded on jastice, science and truth. At least, as far as human knowledge can command the prospect or explore the avenues of identity. Nomysterious providence to mislead, no God to forgive crimes, no devil to punish moral innocence, no priest will dare to teach what he does not understand. And tell us that we shall be damned to all eternity, if we dispute his authority or ask for his voucher. No dogmas to clog our senses and forbid the growth of mind, no imagination of immortal identity to torment our present existence. To man alone must the atheist be amenable, and his conduct alone must lead him to honour, peace, and happiness, or render him at once despicable and miserable. There will be no subterfuge for vice to shelter under, in the wide dark cloke of hypocrisy. No washing dirty coalblack sinners whiter than snow in the blood of the lamb! No paying of tythes to a proud, licentious, and litigious priest for reading nonsense out of an old book, telling us how the wicked horde of unclean Jews* killed and destroyed innocent people

Vide Justin's Ancient History (Historium Judærum.) He says that Abrahaa not Moses was the leader of the Israelites out of Egypt. They were six thousand in number and all of them lepers, turned out of the land for uncleanness. This agrees with the laws which we find in Leviticus, and accounts for part of the code. S

three or four thousand years ago, and collected more riches, by plunder and rapine, into the sandy desart of Palestine, than the world ever possessed. Virtues' must thrive in the absence of all these vices, and men may be happy. To make them so must be the arduous task of materialism.

Now to father, son, husband, wife, daughter, &c. I recommend the study of their own happiness, by promoting that of their neighbours; for public and private happiness are founded on the social virtues: these never can thrive where the influence of superstition prevails. Abolish religion and cant, seek truth and be happy.


On hearing of the Liberation of Richard Carlile.
RETURN, honest friend, in peace to thy home,
lo pleasures serene enjoy prolonged life ;
Come, come, like a Victor, though not to a Throne
Have pleasures more Great in a virtuous wife
A Partner, so good, so true to thy cause,
Regardless of danger deserves our Applause,
Determined to foster fair Freedom's best laws.
Come, come, thou shalt find thy days but began,
Arrived at the Temple* thou'lt shew thour't the man,
Regardless of Dungeons, of Bolts, or of Bars,
Legal quibbling, indictments or torturing jars.
In spite of all these, thou shalt find thyself blest,
Lo!'thy enemies fallen in chop and in crest,
England echoes thy name from the east to the west !

J. B. Little Coram Street Russel Square. • The Temple of Reason, Fleet Street.


Sheffield, Nov. 23, 1825. Most heartily do I congratulate you on your release from inquisitorial durance, and on your victory over the slaves of superstition. I received on Monday night the welcome Dews. As your are liberated, I thought it prudent to close the subscriptions and herewith send you the names and sums. The subscription for the men in Newgate I will keep open a little longer. I shall be anxious to hear when you mean to pay us a visit. Hoping, that the reign of terror is at an end,

I remain your fellow labourer,


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MENT. BY DANIEL WEBSTER. Boston: Published by Cummings, Hilliard, and Company. 1825.

This uncounted multitude before me, and around me, proves the feeling which the occasion bas excited. These thousands of human faces, glowing with sympathy and joy, and from the impulses of a common gratitude, turned reverenily to heaven, in this spacious temple of the firmament, proclaim that the day, the place, and the purpose of our assembling have made a deep impression on our hearts.

If, indeed, there be any thing in local association fit to affect the mind of man, we need not strive to repress the emotions which agitate us here. We are among the sepulchres of our fathers. We are on ground, distinguished by their valor, their constancy, and the shedding of their blood. We are here, not to fix an uncertain date in our annals, nor to draw into notice, an obscure and unknown spot. If our humble purpose

had never been conceived, if we ourselves had never been born, the 17th of June, 1775, would have been a day on which all subsequent history would have poured its lighi, and the eminence where we stand, a point of attraction to the eyes of successive generations. But we are Americans. We live in what may be called the early age of this great continent; and we know that our posterity, through. all time, are here to suffer and enjoy the allotments of humanity We see before us a probable train of great events; we know that our own fortunes have been happily cast; and it is natural, therefore, that we should be moved by the contemplation of occurrences which have guided our destiny before many of us were born, and settled the condition in which we should pass that portion of our existence, which God allows to men on earth.

We do not read even of the discovery of this continent, without feeling something of a personal interest in the event; without being reminded how much it has affected our own fortunes, and our own existence. It is more impossible for us, therefore, than for others, to contemplate with unaffected minds that interesting, I may say, that most touching and pathetic scene, when the great Discoverer of America stood on the deck of his shattered bark,

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the shades of night falling on the sea, yet no man sleeping; tossed on the billows of an unknown ocean, yet the stronger billows of alternate hope and despair tossing his own troubled thoughts; extending forward his harassed frame, straining westward his anxious and eager eyes, till Heaven at last granted him a moment of rapture and ecstasy, in blessing his vision with the sight of the unknown world.

Nearer to our times, more closely connected with our fates, and therefore still more interesting to our feelings and affections, is the settlement of our own country by colonists from England. We cherish every memorial of these worthy ancestors; we celebrate their patience and fortitude; we admire their daring enterprise; we teach our children to venerate their piety; and we are justly proud of being descended from men, who have set the world an example of founding civil institutions on the great and united principles of human freedom and human knowledge. To us, their children, the story of their labors and sufferings can never be without its interest. We shall not stand unmoved on the shore of Plymouth, while the sea continues to wash it; nor will our brethren in another early and ancient colony, forget the place of its first establishment, till their river shall cease to flow by it. No vigor of youth, no maturity of manhood, will lead the nation to forget the spots where its infancy was cradled and defended.

But the great event, in the history of the continent, which we are now met here to commemorate; that prodigy of modern times, at once the wonder and the blessing of the world, is the American Revolution. In a day of extraordinary prosperity and happiness, of high national honor, distinction, and power, we are brought together, in this place, by our love of country, by our admiration of exalted character, by our gratitude for signal services and patriotic devotion.

The society, whose organ I am, was formed for the purpose of rearing some honorable and durable monument to the memory of the early friends of American Independence. They have thought, that for this object no time could be more propitious, than the present prosperous and peaceful period; that no place could claim preference over this memorable spot; and that no day could be more auspicious to the undertaking, than the anniversary of the battle which was here fought. The foundation of that monument we have now laid. With solemnities suited to the occasion, with prayers to Almighty God for his blessing, and in the midst of this cloud of witnesses, we have begun the work. We trust it will be prosecuted; and that springing from a broad foundation, rising high in massive solidity and unadorned grandeur, it may remain, as long as Heaven permits the works of man to last, a fit emblem, both of the events in memory of which it is raised, and of the gratitude of those who have reared it.

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