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Page 520 of Life of William Ellery Channing, D.D.

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THE ANTISLAVERY MOVEMEN'T. is not a new standard silentlv establishing itself, by which rulers are to be tried The want of faith in man, which vou speak of, is melancholy, as it springs, in a great measure, from moral dissoluteness, and from want of faith in God and Christ. Tlhese (lo throw a cloud over the world. But man is never to be despaired of. I hav-e an unshaken hope, foundled, first, on the providence of Good an(l the lromises of his word, andi, next, on lluinan Nature. There is an infinity of resource in the human soul. The French Revolution is in one sense enscouraging. It shows uLs a seemingly old, worn-out nation, rising all at once into the fiery entlitusiasm of -outh. W\e can never sav that our nature is exhausted. It breaks out sdl- denly into new and most unexpeete(d forms. We have a remnarklable testimony to this truth in our counftr. At this moment, the whole coustrv is shaken by the temperance movement. A reform of' the most desperate dlrunlkarcls - su as wc slloul 1have called a Lnira- cle a few years ago - is spreading everywhere, and this work begran in a dramn-shop at Baltimore ! Shall we despair of such a race . "In such a world, who shall set limits to change and revolution" CHAPTrER IV. -THE ANTISLAVERY MOVEMENT. INSPIRED, as Dr. Channingr was, with the life of universal hu- manity, which was quickening the age, with reverence for man, the idea of equal rights, and longingr for fraternal relations between all classes of society, he could not be insensil)le to the crimes an(l out- rages inevitably incident to the system of American slavery. Per- sonal acquaintance, even from early years, with the colored race, had shown him the sensibility, atfectionateness, capacity of ral)id improvement, energy, both intellectual and practical, and, alhove all, the strong religious tendencies, of the millions of' his country- men so long kept down by cruel injustice an(l mean prejundice. Ile saw that an inhuman institution, originated by the oppressions of the warrior class in the ruldest ages, and needlessly l)ermpetllated by the selfish sloth of civilized men, was a wasting disease in time very vitals of this nation, corrupting at once its policy, industry, manl- ners, conscience, and religion. Ile well knew, too, how stea(lily this cancer, tampered with by palliatives wimen it should Imave been 520

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