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Son of man cometh at an hour when ye think not. 54, 55, 56,
of all nations, for enlightening the understanding, reforming the abuses, and ameñorating the condition of man. These men make use of redicule, and misrepresentation, having no argument to offer, and flatly deny the plainest matters of fact, and mistate the clearest evidence: ; like a man, who a few years back should have seriously set himself to write down the projected New York canal, and the Liverpool and Manchester railroad, and should dispute every inch of ground; but as he was preparing one of his essays for the press, he should happen to cast his eye upon a paragraph in a newspaper, announcing the arrival of a hundred canal boats at the city of Albany, from Lake Erie, in a few days, and the arrival of filly rail-road cars, at Liverpool from Manchester, in a few hours: and even then, with regret and the umost reluctance, would cease his . hostility to these noble and stupendous public works. There are others prostituting the press, by turning one of the greatest blessings into a curse; and inundating the world, with the productions of moral impurity and loathsomeness, a thousand times more pernicious, disgusting and abhorrent, than the putrid stench out of an old rotten sepulchre. These are the things which uphold and support, kings-craft, priestcraft and aristogfacy. Seiong as they are able to find men willing to engagé in such drudgery, they will rejoice and exult, that light cannot pervade the world. This is strengthening their unholy cause, directly calculated to perpetuate their unrighteous career. The most successful of all engines is to extinguish the light, if possible, and to hurl the world back to a state of ignorance and darkness, and a total disregard for morality, and virtue. This is exactly what the tyrants of the earth, have labored to accomplish, and but too successfully, from the days of the first tyrant Nimrod, to this day; and is the sole reason, why they have been able so long to trample their feisow men under foot, and to estimate men as the cattle of the field, and treat them as beasts of burden. I humbly trust that I have pointed out some mistakes, in some very important points, which I think will meet the approbation of the reader. What I have written, is not so much to amuse and entertain, as to induce the reader to think for himself. I have written under a pressure of difficulties, and enbarrassments, but seldom experienced by any. The care and anxiety of providing for a helpless and sickly family: mysets in a poor state of health, necesasrily occupied, daily in the business of my workshop, without resources, without books and
documents, my whole arrangement of thought broken up, ich thousand times; often could not write more thana line or two in a day: and writing of nights, was injurious to health.
The Downfall, which is by far the most interesting part of the work, will be given to the public, as soan as it is possible, to get it through the press. I have not, nos ever shall, make choice of the smoothest and softest epithets for fear of giving offence to the lordlings of the earth. Wsy object, my wishes and business is to hold up to public view, tare away the mask, and expose as well as I can, (still, however, by plain stubborn facts) the diabolical impositions, treachery and tricks of kings-craft, priestcraft and aristocracy; a cheat as old as original sin and the offspring and progeny of it.
WILLIAM MATHERS. WPEELING, JUNE 30th, 1831,
history of nations.