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Christian Times (Newspaper) - October 20, 1854, London, Middlesex
October 20, 1854. The Christian times. 663 enslave the unenlightened Multi undo and to Plango to lick into the Depths of the most degrading superstition. United states. Prooner a or Fuke i Kix Citi six tin i Mukh statk9-causf.s of the of Tut do Sio ratio rain in tins county Tiik " know non incr k Bik Kilna of Tiik american Hoard of for Fouli Ign missions. From our own Ohio. Sept., 1854. Spain has had its re volition effected by Force of arms. We arc now in the midst of a re volition quite As important and.fundamental-.1 revolution a Liili is being effected by the peaceful but omnipotent Force of Public sentiment and the ballot Box. Since the introduction of the Nebraska iniquity we have had six general state elections in the free states. All these with but one exception have for Many years been strongly democratic. The great and almost exclusive Issue in All these elections has been Freedom and slavery. In All those elections the entire influence and the National and state governments together with the in Luence of a dirty organisation were brought to , in All their Force to sustain the tottering fabric of a onco impregnable Rotten pro slavery democracy. In All these elections truth Freedom and right have signally triumphed. Till now for sex amid the state of Iowa never elected any but a democratic governor legislature or congressional delegation. Now All these one congressional Delegate excepted Are la publican the name which the fusion party the parly of Freedom has ass timed. From its infancy to its present manhood the state of Maine has been almost invariably and overwhelmingly democratic in almost every election of every kind nothing else has been Xii cited from that state. Now it has just elected its be publican governor its congressional delegation and state Senate lie publican entire and its state House of representatives with Here and there n solitary exception of n similar character. Similar results Piave been witnessed in the elections in the states of Vermont Connecticut and Rhode Island. Of the election in new Hampshire i spoke particularly in my last. There is now hardly the Shadow of doubt that similar results will be witnessed in the elections to be held in All the other free states with two or three exceptions and a nit Strong Hopes of Success Are entertained even in respect to these. All this is the result not of the Wisdom and foresight of the friends of Liberty and right but of the reckless Folly not to say moral and political madness of the pro slavery party now in Power. Of the nature of the or Catt Central in Vito of this change of Public sentiment in this country you Are fully aware. There Are very powerful collateral causes which have also conspired with this to hasten and perfect this revolution causes which i should not he overlooked would we correctly judge of the existing state of things. Among these causes i would refer to the following first. The inc sent attitude of the democratic press and party in respect to the clergy of the Northern states. When the Nebraska 15ill was pending in Congress almost All the clergy in new England Anil to a very great extent throughout the Northern states sent in petitions wid remonstrances against the consummation of that Ini Iii Ity. These petitions were dignified Manly and can Istian in their character and were forwarded with the general and almost unanimous Aji Proval of the congregations of the subscribers. As soon As these documents appeared before Congress they and their authors became objects of the most coarse and Savage abuse of Douglas and his associates in Ini unify. The democratic press with almost entire unanimity echoed this abuse and has since continued to j our Forth in torrents of ridicule and a Carol action against the clergy. Tic Princi Iii seems to have been assumed that the democratic party must die or the influence of the clergy be annihilated and that when that influence was most healthily and powerfully tending in the direction of Freedom and right and was seconded by the known interests and conscience of the nation. The result Jias been what might Jiava been anticipated the influence of the clergy has not died but the democratic party is very rapidly giving up the ghost. In at templing to destroy the influence of the clergy that party has United against itself the congregations Over which the clergy minister and has thus violently expelled from its own ranks what Little of res act ability conscience and moral principle it had previously retained. Another cause which has of crated with almost equal if not greater Power in the dissolution of the democratic party has been its open attitude in respect to the catholics on the one hand and the " know nothings " on the other. At the time when the Nebraska iniquity was consummated a new movement of immense Power and vitality the know nothing movement As it is called had just been generated. This movement As you arc aware anti Catholic and is designed to and the democratic party is now receiving its extreme unction " in that horrid embrace. The result of this state of things is most cheering. Formerly when All parties were struggling together to secure the Catholic vote party presses were silent in regard to the designs and Prin Cirdes of Poji Ery and hence that Jower was making rapid Progress in our midst. Now. When the democratic party is indissolubly married to this Power and while another Power stronger than papacy and antagonistic to it has Arisen it becomes the interest As Well As duty of the entire Republican press to this Mother of abominations before the Eye of the nation. This is now being done and while the people arc shrinking Back with horror from the Imago before them the democratic party becomes the object of the of the very denomination with which it has Allied itself. Another cause which has operated powerfully age inst the democratic party is the act of our executive in vetoing the River and Bill passed during the lat session of on Congress. The internal Commerce of this , through our vast Rivers and lakes is As you arc Well aware perfectly immense. To facilitate this Commerce so vital to the highest Prosperity of the country very great sums must be expended in Clearing our navigable Rivers of counteract is the obstructions and providing harbours &c., upon on lakes. Triesc expenditures have hitherto been met by appropriations from the National Treasury. A Bill to this effect was passed by our last Congress and under the dictation of the Symth. Which has sternly set its face against All a Pron nations for everything hearing the name of " internal Wai vetoed by our president. The democratic press of course defended the act Aid thus Laceil their parly in hostility to this great Favorin Ile principle of the Northern states. You will cease to wonder then hat a party recklessly striking upon so Many fatal rocks should now he in n process of rapid dissolution. Your readers As i perceive arc being very Well posted up in regard to the " know nothing movement in this country. A few facts pertaining to the origin and cause of this movement May be a matter of some interest. Till quite recently there had been no disposition in the Public mind to make religious opinion or Church standing a political test in any of our elections. There had been no disposition to make Adlie Renic to catholicism an exception to this principle and there never would have been had not catholicism appeared among us not Only As a religious but political organisation operating exclusively for its own ends and As a deadly antagonist to All our free principles and free institutions. When general Scott and ivc Sidcot Pierce for example were put Forward by their respective parties As candidates for the presidency there was every reason to suppose that the former would receive the almost entire foreign and especially Catholic votes in this country. Ilis family were Catholic and he himself sustained relations most Friendly and cordial towards that sect. As great and successful military commander he was the idol of our foreign population. Immediately after his nomination there was a general movement of All on Catholic and foreign population towards him. Just before the election Hove Var this Wlizlo Poi Lati ii As if by word of command and the nation has no doubt that it was so wheeled into the mks of the democratic party and general Scott Conse gently lost his election. Tinero is not the Shadow of a doubt that the Catholic vote went to the highest bidder general Scott being too Noble and i right to bid at All and his opponent being just the Man to do Iny tiling to secure Lis election. Soon after that election it was also found that a majority of All the offices in the nation those especially connected with our National government were in the hands of catholics in opposition to the known wishes of the people of All parties. Catholics were selected to fill important offices in the Ift of our National govern Mont and that at the known dictation of Catholic Bishops. Thus Catho Icisie stood revealed before the nution As a political secret society under an All controlling Central Power whose head was Rome a Power which was in perpetual communication with our govern Mont and determining for sinister private and exclusively papal ends the action of that government. It thus became Manifest to leading minds throughout the nation that the influence of Sneh an organisation could be counteracted but by another secret organisation of still greater Power. Ilene the origin of the know nothing " movement a movement which will inevitably frustrate everything opposed to it. So powerful a movement was never before generated in this country. Tic annual meeting of the american Board of commissioners for foreign a missions has just been held at Hartford Connecticut. Till this meeting that Board had refused to assume an attitude in accordance with the anti slavery sentiment of the nation. At this meeting after mature deliberation an attitude was assumed by this venerable body which i places it in full Harmony with this sentiment. It has Long been known that in our Mission churches among the Cherokee and Church should he taught in All hellenic schools. The missionaries of the Board at once withdrew from the schools. The government proposed to Compromise by eni cloying a catch list outside of the schools if the missionaries would refrain from giving religious instruction within the Selmos. But the missionaries refused either to teach error or to be restrained from tace Iii truth and so left the to tools and finally left the Icid with the Che edition of i. King who remained to preach and teach in his own House against the errors of the catechism. The Board has sustained or. King through All his perils and conflicts and has established in its own action in Greece the very principles Laid Down in these resolutions. How then could they do otherwise than prescribe to their missionaries among the Ciao claws a course of conduct under tyrannous legislation which they have applauded for fifteen years at Athens in Aid of which they have sought the Blessing of god and for tic vindication of which they have just now rendered thanks to the american ambassador and devout thanksgiving to god is it a worse thing to Tench transubstantiation and the worship of pictures than to disown the manhood and immortality of the slave the Board was committed to this action by to own precedent As Well As by every principle of right. What now is the result of the action of the Board 1. It fully endorses the principles of or. Treat s letter of 1848, which every Christian anti slavery Man must acknowledge to be satisfactory on the treatment of slavery by the of the Buaril. 2. It refuses to co operate with system of education based upon distinctions of colours and position and denying to slaves and their children the knowledge of the word of god. .3. It proclaims the higher Law of Christ in opposition to All antics Tristian legislation and the duty of preaching the gospel to All persons and of api lying it to All Jilia ses of human character and conduct. This action covers the whole ground of duty for the Board in relation to slavery. there am arise no of principle he Lichen the and the anti slim a i sentiment of the Christian a Cuhlic. The Only possible question will be one of fact and of Fidelity in the carrying out these instructions a personal
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