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part, and do not degrade themselves in such detestable practices. How diminutive that person must appear to the world and wretched to himself, when he meets or sees a person against whom he has uttered his hard

sayings, and showered upon him behind his back, a full torrent of obloquy, without any kind of reason-and this same person will appear, perhaps, before him in company, with a smiling face, a handsome address, a complaisant nod and fair words—or as some vulgar ones shew themselves, with a sly look, a wry face, a dumb visage, and a self-important and lordly apathy, or him as our text says, “who winketh with his eyes, speaketh with his feet, and teacheth with his fingers,” yea, we say,

how these various classes of slanderers must feel when the object of their vengeance appears in their sight, no doubt, the one who has never done them the least injury; their poignancy of guilt will sting them to the heart when they are viewed by man; and how much more so, we should think, when they are conscious their iniquitous conduct is

open to God, the Searcher of all heartswho says, "geven things are an abomination to him”and slander is one of these abominations, as expressed in our text, which heads this article. "An heart which deviseth wicked imaginations"-or "feet that be swift in running to mischief—"yea, such have the poison of asps under their lips."

It is an unpleasant as well as a painful task to portray the faults of others, and none more so than slander and no evil, of itself, is better calculated to destroy peace and harmony in society and neighborhood, than the deleterious effects of this detestable vice. We wish to have people guard against it, and strive to purify the , moral atmosphere from so much pollution. The innocent and worthy members of society, do not and cannot relish the residence in some respects, resembling Sodom Vol. 8.


and Gomorrah, “where the smoke of the country went up as the smoke of a furnace,” and “because their sin is very grievous.”—Gen. xviii. 20, and xix. 28.

May people take heed to their ways, “cease to do evil and learn to do well.” May more knowledge flourish, and take deep root, and bring with it every attendant blessing. May people's time be occupied to some valuable purpose, in aiding and solacing one another through this sublunary state. May petty thoughts and "credulous imbecility” give place to a more cultivated judg. ment and polished sense. May all things be done with prudence and discretion-in “doing unto all men as you would that they should do unto you; for this is the law and the prophets." We have written these remarks with a sincere desire of doing good-and may all more and more deprecate the evil, that we have found to be the root of much trouble--and, may we, as much as lieth in us, "live peaceably with all men." Our time here is transient and uncertain our duties are greatour ways are open and made manifest, in a great measure, to the world--and are "known altogether," by that God, “who seeth us”—and “understandeth our thoughts afar off.” “Now we,” says Paul, "exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feeble minded, support the weak, be patient towards all men. See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men.”—1 Thess. v. 14, 15.

From the Religious Inquirer. SECTRAIAN CORPORATIONS. In addition to the reasons given last week, we believe that those societies which are formed and continually forming in our country, soliciting money from all classes of community and applying it to sectarian purposes, are calculated to prove injurious to the public, we would take the liberty here to add another which deserves, what we believe it has not yet engaged, the serious attention of the guardians of the public weal. We object to giving any class of men the privilege of accumulating -no matter by what means, whether by begging or taxation--unlimited sums of money and other standard property, and permitting them to hold such property forever, independently of the demands of government, and without contributing any thing towards the public burdens. This objection we confess was suggested to us on reading the late message of the governor of Massachusetts to the House of Representatives of that state. He has advanced an idea, which seems to have been heretofore overlooked by politicians; but one which is obviously weighty and important. He objects to those incorporations "where a mere trust is to be executed, coupled with no personal interest," unless they are of a character to "alleviate the wretchedness of human infirmity," &c. and even then he suggests “there should be some limited time, when the legislature might exercise the power of revision or revocation.” “There are,” he says, “two descriptions of corporations known to our laws. The one, in which a pecuniary concern is created, and exists in the members—the property of which is made to contribute to the public burdens, and is liable to be disposed of," &c. Such corporations cannot be objected to. But the other description is dangerous. It includes all the sectarian institutions of which we speak. “In them,” says he, “the property is locked up from individual control, is subtracted from the mass of transmissable wealth, and is held in perpetuity to be applied only to the purposes and objects” of sectarian ambition and party proselytism. Such institutions have "a tendency to absorb individual property in the capital of corporations, and thereby to destroy its future divisibility and voluntary distribution to an extent which, says he, I believe, is hardly apprehended by the community. It may well deserve regard to what consequences an unrestricted indulgence in this policy may lead.”

The worthy and able governor of that commonwealth has here laid the axe, where it ought to have been years ago, at the very root of all those orthodox institutions which have fattened upon the indulgence of the people. He has shown, in a manner which cannot be resisted, that they are robbing both the governnient and the country of the very means of existence, and building up a privileged aristocracy absolutely dangerous to equal rights. Heretofore it has been uniformly customary for our legislature to throw their protecting arms around these sectarian money-makers ; giving them the desired act of incorporation, and authorizing them to hold property forever, secure from taxation. “And it has been done,” says he, "to an extent hardly apprehended by the community."-Our legislatures, wishing to patronize whatever is calculated to improve the moral condition of the country, have suffered themselves to be blinded by the appeals of men professing to be engaged in the cause of benevolence. They seem not to have looked to the consequences which an unrestricted indulgence in this policy may lead.” They were not aware that they were authorizing a set of aristocratical men to drain the country of almost all the money there is in it, and thus enabling them, in the midst of their sacred influence, to look down upon the poverty of the government and the people, bidding defiance to all their attacks.

Our readers will now perceive with us the injurious tendency of these corporations. They obtain immense sums of money, that never can return again to the body

of the people from whom it was extorted. Their institutions are made rich, and can never become poorer. The influence of wealth which they possess can never be lessened. The public treasury may become impoverished, the arm of government may be paralyzed, the country may become poor, still they must be rich. On them no taxes can be assessed, and though the former should fail, their power cannot be impaired.—The time may come when these orthodox institutions will have absorbed a majority of the actual property of the Union, and when, therefore, the supreme power will be in their own hands.—“These apprehensions," says Gov. Lincoln, "are not idle or visionary. They may yet be fatally realized. Grants, bequests, and contributions will occasionally fall in, and ultimately the mass will be accumulated. There is here no countervailing principle to apply. Death esecutes no statutes of distributionWhat is once received is held forever! And although each one of the corporations may be restricted in the extent of its acquirements, yet the continued increase of their number (the number of such institutions) operates to an unlimited and infinite accumulation.” And, unless government declines granting such corporations, by which they are allowed to hold the money they extort from the people, he says the time must arrive when violence and revolution will be the only means of bringing the state of things back to its original equality. This worthy governor deserves well of his country. He has had the courage to broach a solemn truth in political science, which we devoutly hope may be improved in all our states. Hereafter we hope our legislatures will be more cautious how they authorize a set of ambitious men to drain the community of its circulating medium, which can never return again, or contribute to the public burdens.

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