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FORMERLY ROMAN CATHOLIC PRIEST, AND AUTHOR OF
IT WAS AND AS IT IS.'
“THREE score years and ten," and those often full of care and anxiety, seem to constitute the space of human life. So it is said in that venerable volume, which never has been, and never can be equalled, in beauty of truth, wisdom and instruction. This it would seem, ought to check all the vain and inordinate aspirations of poor, weak man; yet it has not, and probably never will do so. To a reflecting mind, nothing can appear stronger than this. Notwithstanding this solemn truth, such is the presumption of man, that he has often dared,and does so at this moment,—to set himself up as the viceroyal or vicegerent of the King of Heaven; and fancies himself sent upon this earth for the purpose of rectifying or correcting any mistakes or defects which might have escaped the vigilance of the great I Am, in the organization and fitness of things. This is truly a serious and melancholy reflection.
The population of this world of ours is supposed to amount to 812,553,712. Of this vast number, 137,000,000 are Roman Catholics, who now, on the 19th of July, 1845, bend the knee and bow down in homage to a weak, helpless, and worthless being, the Pope of Rome; and thus, if history does not deceive us, proving themselves conspirators against the happiness of the human race.
To meliorate the condition of this almost countless multitude of our fellow-creatures, is among the first duties of every good
No one is exempted from it; not the king nor the peasant; not the sage nor the philosopher; not the priest nor the layman ; for there are as many modes of discharging this duty, as there are grades in the social system.
As a member of the human family, and being once an instructor myself, I feel that I have too long neglected this common duty. Many suns and many shades, too, have passed