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'assist an animal who implored your assistance, by its cries, and who derives being from the same God who gave you life, because you added to the tortures of the agonizing beast, and murdered it, the council of this city have sen. tenced you to wear on your breast the naine you deserve, and to receive fifty stripes !” He then hung a black board round his neck, with this inscription, “ A savage and inhuman young man And, after inflicting upon him twenty. five stripes, he proceeded : “ Inhuman young man! you have now felt a very small degree of the pain with which you tortured a helpless animal in its hour of death. As you wish for mercy from that God, who created all that live, learn humanity for the future!” He then executed the remainder of the sentence!

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Is of all spectacles the most sad and afflictive that can be presented to the feeling mind ; it is scarcely possible to imagine all its horrors, for it is the consummation of human misery.

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" WE cannot see an individual expire, though a stranger or an enemy, without being sensibly moved, and prompted by compassion, to lend him every assistance in our power. Every trace of resentment vanishes in a moment, every other emotion gives way to pity and ter. ror.

In these last extremities we remember no. thing but the respect and tenderness due to our common nature. What a scene then must a field of battle present, where thousands are left without assistance and without pity, with their wounds exposed to the piercing air, while

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the blood, freezing as it flows, binds them to the earth, amidst the trampling of horses, and the insults of an enraged foe! If they are spared by the humanity of the enemy, and carried from the field, it is but a prolongation of torment. Conveyed in uneasy vehicles, of. ten to a remote distance, through roads almost impassible, they are lodged in ill prepared re. ceptacles for the wounded and the sick, where the variety of distress baffles all the efforts of humanity and skill, and renders it impossible to give to each the attention he demands. Far from their native home, no tender assiduities of friendship, no well known voice, no wife, or mo: her, or sister, is near to sooth their sorrows, relieve their thirst, or close their eyes in death, Unhappy man! and must you be swept into the grave unnoticed and unnumbered, and no friendly tear be shed for your sufferings, or mingled with your dust ?"...Hall.

HOWARD, The immortal philanthropist, has received innumerable testimonies to the purity and extent of his benevolence; the pencil of genius has thus drawn a picture of his labours with inimi. table beauty:--

“ I CANNOT name him without remarking, that his labours and writings have done much to open the eyes and hearts of mankind. He has visited all Europe, not to survey the sumptuousness of palaces, or the stateliness of tem. ples : not to make accurate measurements of the remains of ancient grandeur, nor to form a scale of the curiosity of modern art: not to collect inedals, or collate majuscripts, but to

dive into the depths of dangeons, to plunge into the infection of hospitals, to survey the mansions of sorrow and pain, to take the gage and dimensions of misery, depression, and cone teinpt, to remember the forgotten, to attend to the neglected, to visit the forsaken, and to compare and collate the distresses of all men in all countries ! His plan is original, and it is as full of genius as it is of humanity. It was a voyage of discovery--a circumnavigation of charity.!"--Burke.

RELIGIOUS TOLERATION

Is a distinguished blessing; its benefits are great and innumerable, its praises ought to resound throughout every region of the civilized world.

“ THAT toleration is an attack upon Chris. tianity, is an assertion so contrary to truth and history, that it scarcely stands in need of refutation. By toleration, Christianity Aourish. ed. While the eastern and western churches were tolerant, they were illustrious, they were venerable, they were held in sacred estima. tion. When the Romish church cast aside its toleration, and had recourse to threatenings, slaughter, and persecutions, commotions en. sued, ecclesiastical anarchy prevailed, and the kingdom of darkness was erected on the ruins of Christianity! Instead of combating the common foe, Christians combated each other. Instead of taking arms against the grand deceivers, they strove, by every deceptious art to harass and torment those whom they ought to have cherished and loved as brethren. In short, the want of tolcration has lessened the

number of believers, and for that reason I would have all Protestants united, that we may be the better enabled to make a common cause against infidels of every denomination. The church of England has not a firmer friend than myself. I wish her illustrious, I wish her head may reach that heaven to which she would conduct us. But I would also wish her family as numerous as possible; I would wish a brotherly affection to prevail among her off. spring; I would have Christians united; I would have them join in every attempt to crush the powers of darkness, and trample under foot the foe of God and man! Like a tender mother, tender of her children, I would have the church, with wide-extended arms, receive in her bosom every believing son ; not with unnatural austerity reproach her offspring, and drive them to seek for ease, for pleasure, and for comfort, in the harlot lap of infidelity!"

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THE ARRIVAL OF PEACE

AFTER a long and calamitous war, suggests many delightful images to the benevolent mind; the soul expatiates on such a topic with a peculiar joy and satisfaction.

THE inelancholy cypress no longer fixes our attention ; we gaze with transport on the vigorous and verdant olive! Fair and lovely tree! beautiful emblem of tranquillity and peace; deep may thy roots strike into the earth! wide may thy branches wave in the air! high may thy branches tower in the heavens! Long indeed may it be ere thy growth is blighted by the foul breath of discord, or thy

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leaves withered by the mildew of war! Long under thy friendly shade may the nations of the earth assemble and rejoice with each other! Long may the temples of Concord be thrown open, and the altars of Peace loaded with new offerings! And long may the ministers of religion have the delightful task of cherishing in the bosoins of their fellow-worshippers, a growo ing spirit of affection and liberality !"

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Is more generally diffused among mankind than we are apt to imagine; we often judge falsely, making those things the test, which are only exterior, and therefore do not affect the heart.

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TO calculate the happiness of mankind by their stations and honors, is the most deceitful of all rules; great, no doubt, is the happiness which a moderate fortune and moderate desires, with a consciousness of virtue, will secure a man. Many are the silent pleasures of the honest peasant, who rises cheerfully to his labour: look into his dwelling, where the scene of every man's happiness lies; he has the same domestic endearments, as much joy and comfort in his children, and as flattering hopes of their doing well, to enliven his hours and glad his heart, as you could conceive in the most affluent station. And I make no doubt, in general, but if the true account of his joys and sufferings were to be balanced with those of his betters, that the up-shot would prove to be little more than this...that the rich man had the more meat, but the poor man had the bet.

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