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holder he says, your disloyalty shall be punished with the loss of your slaves. . Whatever heart-beat there may be to such inhumanity from the people of the New World, there can be none in the Old World amongst judicious and sensible men.

Here the cry is measures and not men-principles and not dollars.

Such is the immeasurable calamity which has befallen us in America, in the war policy which has obtained and brought with it such frightful calamities, and fearful and widespread horrors. It is consolitary, however, to know that the issue was not in the hands of our “modern Moses” Lincoln,

our religious war crusaders, Cheever, Beecher, Mrs Stowe, and Co.,-our commercial men, who are now trembling for their Morrell Tariffs and entrepots of trade-or our idolaters of the Union, who speak, and think, and write as if the world would not move on should the American Republic break up. No, God has taken the issue out of all their hands; and as John Bright truly said in a recent speech in Birmingham, “He was bringing about a great transaction in history,”—a transaction which will level with the dust his “Model Republic,” and demonstrate beyond controversy that America, no more than Rome or Babylon, can harden itself against God and prosper.

Dark, therefore, as the scenes are which we now behold in America, no truth is more palpable than this, that God has come out of His place to make

inquisition for the blood of the slave, and the oppressions of multitudes who wear a different skin to their fellowmen; and, whilst the guilt of slavery has caused Him to open the magazines of His vengeance to punish the slaveholder, in His righteous retribution He will not allow the man who treats the Negro as belonging to an inferior race, and subjects him to every imaginable insult, to escape the just desert of his sins. In the sight of God both sins are of the deepest dye, involving each in the deepest, basest, and most atrocious rebellion against Him. One says to the Negro, if you exist in America, it must be as a slave; the other, says, if you exist, it must not be in America, but in Liberia, or Abbeokuta. One avows that God made him to be a “chattel-personal ;" the other swears vengeance against him, and declares that he must be coloniseda thing not easily to be accomplished, if the Negro were willing to go. Need we wonder, therefore, that God's judgments should be a great deep in our guilty land. Our wonder is, that He should have so long borne with our impious treachery, fraud, and blood-guiltiness, as a nation,

It is no less manifest, that a gross and terrible delusion prevails among the avowed disciples in America, in their appeals to the material sword instead of the sword of God's Spirit, the word of God. Dark was the hour in our country's history when the Rev. Henry T. Cheever called his church together

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in the autumn of 1859, and adopted the following resolutions :

“Resolved that it was held to be manifestly and imperatively the duty of the President of the United States promptly to enforce the laws, and to put down rebellion and treason, now upheld and perpetuated in South Carolina, by all the disposable force of the army and navy of the United States.

Resolved, that we declare our deliberate opinion, that all the Christian people of the country should, and that an overwhelming majority of them will, sustain the President in such a decisive suppression of the rankest treason and rebellion.

"Resolved, that if he should not do this as being due both to the safety and dignity of such a people, that he be further impeached at the bar of the Senate of the United States."

The above was the first war-spark that has produced such a tremendous conflagration in our land

-the first war-cloud that has now made the heavens black with darkness, emitting fiery flashes to blas's what is lovely, beautiful, and fair, and reduce our country to a heap of ruin. No sooner was the above spark lighted in the Congregational Church, Jewett City, Connecticut, than Dr. Cheever added fuel to the flame, as in a thanksgiving sermon in the church of the Puritans, New York, Nov. 24, 1859, he appealed to his people, exclaiming, "was it in your power, it is beyond question your duty and my duty to take horns of powder, torches of Greek fire, per

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cussive caps, and explosive biscuits, and hurl them into the heart of the South, to set the whole slave population into a sudden revolt for the assertion of their own freedom.”

Then the Rev. Henry Ward Beecher, in a terrible tilt against slavery, to get at the Seceders, it is said by the reporter of the New York Times, Dec. 15, 1860, appeared six inches taller than usual. with his eyes flashing fire on Jeff. Davis and the Southerns, whom he designated as Pharaoh and his hosts, gave the charge to the Northerns in scriptural language, "Speak to the children of Israel that they go forward, Exod. xiv. 15. "Right before us rolled the sea," cried Beecher, "red, indeed, for there is blood in it. The word of God is, go on.

Give me war redder than blood and fiercer than fire, that I may retain my faith in liberty.” These sentiments, said the reporter, “caused the uprising of many hundreds of people, accompanied with waving of hats and handkerchiefs, cheers, hurrahs, and shouts, which made the building ring; producing one of the most remarkable and impressive scenes ever witnessed in that church.”

After then the war spirit spread with amazing rapidity in the churches of the Free States so called. Twenty churches on a night," writes Manhattan, "hold prayer meetings to get recruits for the army." And what is the language of the clergy on these occasions? Here is an instance. The Rev. J. W. Sloane, pastor of the third Reformed Presbyterian

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Church, New York, was reported in the newspapers to have said, in a speech abounding with similar atrocities, “That it was better that the six millions of white men, women, and children of the South should be slaughtered, than that slavery should not be extinguished.” And being censured by an editor for expressing such atrocity, Mr. Sloane replied, that “What he really said was only as follows: But supposing that emancipation should lead to insurrection. Let this, which I by no means admit, be for the time granted, then, I affirm, that it is better, far better, that every man, woman, and child in every rebel State should perish in one widespread, bloody, and indiscriminate slaughter; better that the land should be a Sahara -be, as when God destroyed the Canaanites, or overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah-than that this rebellion should be successful.” And, “ Mark our words," says Mrs. Stowe, in her reply to the women of England, “if we succeed, the children of these very men who are now fighting us will rise up

to call us blessed.” Blessed ! For what? For laying waste their lands, pillaging their houses, burning their cities, treating ladies as women of the town, ravishing young females, massacreing innocent men in cold blood at the instigation of General M'Neil, imprisoning their clergy because they would not pray for President Lincoln, placing their lives and property in the hands of military governors, who urge, as in the case of Brigadier General Dowe,

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