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Such is the character of the report given, let us turn to some of the comments made by editors on the speech reported.

The Christian Intelligencer, the organ of the Dutch Church, said of Beecher's speech :

MR. BEECHER'S CONSERVATISM. “ When good men forsake their evil ways, the cause of truth is invigorated, righteousness achieves fresh triumphs, and the wicked are put to shame. It has been our painful and melancholy duty, as faithful journalists, to chronicle, in past times, some aberrations of Mr. Beecher from the good old paths the fathers trod ; but latterly, we have been disposed to call for the 'fatted calf;' because this our brother was lost, but is found again." Ever since the Harper's Ferry foray, the minister of Plymouth Church seems to have had his eyes wide open, to see what abolitionism is coming to. What Mr. Beecher may have meant for eloquent fun others took up in practical and bloody earnest, and carried war to the gates. As an honest and sagacious man, Mr. Beecher seems to have discovered the necessity which was laid upon him to revise his opinions, and overhaul his previous course of anti-slavery agitation. The result has been every way satisfactory. We find him now opposing Lewis Tappan, aud the peripatetic editor of the The Independent (Mr. Leavit), and the legal acumen of Mr. Benedict, and the fiery phalanx of fanatics in his own Church on the subject of slavery.

So confident were we of Mr. Beecher's sincere conversion from the ultraist to the conservative side that we ventured our prediction, last week, that he would, on Monday evening last, put the Abolitionists hors du combat on the missionary question. Saving a few inconsiderate utterances, his speech was throughout an excellent declaration of conservative principles. We quote a brace of paragraphs, which are so clear and so well pronounced, that, when transferred to our columns, they will be seen to be of the same manner and spirit of opinion which this paper has stifly and persistently advocated for years. Read Mr. Beecher

[We need not repeat the extract, as it is embodied in the foregoing report of Mr. Beecher's speech.-Ed. Standard.]

That is the sound and wholesome doctrine which our friend, Rev. Harvey D. Ganse, so ably presented years ago in a widely circulated and greatly admired pamphlet, and which the Christian Intelligencer endorsed ex animo et ab corde. Mr. Beecher, having sown his wild oats, is now getting on to the platform of Dutch conservatism, where he can afford to stand

'Till rolling years shall cease to move." Truth is mighty, and will prevail. Modesty forbids us to claim that Mr. Beecher's frequent readings of the Intelligencer have done him good, like a medicine; but we have our feelings of encouragement and satisfaction in this case, which will cheer us in our endea


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vours to aid Brother Cheever, and others like him, who dont know what to do with genteel negroes, when they chance to enter their churches ; or with slaveholding ladies, who receive their ministrations under special exceptions.

Mr. Beecher, in his speech of last Monday evening, went further than to denounce the malum in se men. He let fly a terrible accusation against the" anti-slavery bigots," which must have sounded like a crack of a Sharp's rifle among the abolition convicts whom the speaker arraigned on Monday evening last. Consider attentively his words.

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The bold, manly, conservative and Christian position which Mr. Beecher has recently taken with reference to the existing anti-slavery agitation has brought down upon him the adverse criticisms of certain ultra journals, whose political override their ethical principles. We heartily rejoice that Mr. Beecher has, in these exciting times, avowed his hostility to intermeddling Abolitionists and antislavery bigots. For as there is an uncounted multitude of people in the land who borrow their brains, their thoughts, their principles and their utterances from the eloquent and popular minister of Plymouth Church, we can easily see that his example will be studied and imitated by many influential leaders of opinion, both clerical and political. We do not care to recal now what Mr. Beecher may have said or


done in former times, in the abolition interest. It is enough for us to know that, in his riper age, and with his maturer judgment, and fuller observation, he has deliberately asserted :

1. That a man might hold a slave and not do wrong.

2. That immediate emancipation is impossible. 3. That a slaveholder may be a good Christian. 4. That the influence of slavery is not always evil.

5. That some actual slaveholders are doing more for the cause of freedom than some violent reformers.

6. That anti-slavery bigotry is like that of the Papacy.

These maxims have been enunciated from an honest heart more devoted to truth than to partisanship, and have secured for him this regard, the admiration of all men who can appreciate the nobility and magnanimity of character which will show themselves on great occasions, superior to the mousing meanness of little bigots and partisans.

The New York Tribune said,—“Mr Beecher made some very extraordinary declarations in his speech on Monday evening. For example, he then declared that nothing was good or bad in itself, and thus that slavery was not a universal wrong. Without embarking upon any metaphysical disquisition, we may at least ask if African slavery, as we know it in the United States and elsewhere, is not a wrong, an infernal wrong, and an accursed nuisance as well ? And as this is the practical point in the whole discussion, Mr. Beechers de


claration, which is of very questionable character in connection with it, and which bears against the great truth itself, seems to us to savour of unusual eccentricities."

The Express, one of the very worst of the political pro-slavery journals, thus vented its exultation :—"The pith of the matter is the improving position of Mr. Beecher himself upon the subject of slave-agitation and slavery; for he, like most men, as he grows older, seems to be becoming more conservative, and thus not to have lived in vain.

Who shall say, after this, that the Union meetings are not converting even the heathen to moderation and better sense? Anon, under such advancing preaching as this [allucling to Mr Beecher's speech] the broken bond of the Churches of our country (alas the fatally broken bond) --which has done more to dissever this Republic than all the politicians combined---may be restored; and eight millions of Christians in the South may once more be restored to the communion table with the Christians of the North. What the Saviour and the Apostles could do, the Abolitionists of the North have not yet been able to dothat is, receive as brethren in the Church slaveholders as well as non-slaveholders; but, if the Beechers thus begin to pioneer the way, the good old time may be re-coming, when once more we shall be a united people. Christianity, and Christianity alone—the Christianity of the North, acting in comity and concert with the Christianity of the South-may and can reform everything wrong in slaveholding

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