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O the Spirit of Moral Progress, dormant in the heart of the extreme conservative, fiercely energetic in the heart of the earnest reformer, but dominant, actively or passively, in the life of every human being; a Guiding Spirit which has transformed man's brutal condition of the past into the better condition of the present; which now compels the highest type of this changing creature, in subservience to the inward monitor, to treat his dogs and horses more kindly and justly than he once treated his sons and brothers; and which, it is to be hoped, will transform the same being by future modifications into a creature still more closely approaching that ideal of mental power and moral perfection which the developing comprehension of humanity in every age and country deifies, this book is reverently dedicated.

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