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welfare of His spiritual kingdom are increased in times of profound peace.
The unnatural, and horrid passions, excited by war are destructive of every kind feeling; and even the merciful are too ready to feel elated at the bloody records of victory. And though it is a well known part of the British character to shew mercy to a fallen foe; yet the just vengeance of a powerful Nation falls heavily upon her enemies.
How much more blessed is the present emulation, in arts, commerce, agriculture, and every pursuit tending to soften the cruelty of mankind, and to benefit a grateful World.
No longer over the extended seas do hostile Fleets seek out each other's course with terrible intent. But every gale that blows carries forward to far distant Isles, or Continents, some produce useful to them; or brings back their returns, essential to our own comforts.
Let us therefore submit ourselves to those Laws, whose due administration is at once the encouragement, and protection of our Trade.
“ Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man, for the Lord's sake; whether it be to the King, as supreme; or unto governors, as many hundred
unto them that are sent by him for the punishment of evil doers, and for the praise of them that do well. For so is the will of God, that with well doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men.
Now these “ ordinances of man,” applicable to ourselves; are the just, and upright, Laws of our native Land.
“ Laws which," years ago, our steel-clad forefathers declared ". should not be changed.”
Laws, which, surviving many Revolutions in the course of Ages; were firinly established on the same glorious foundation with the Protestant Throne, and Church, of these Realms.
St. Peter tells us to submit" for the Lord's sake;" and that “ such is the will of God.” And David justly declares that God is the Governor of the whole Earth.
Nor can I hesitate to quote the expressions of that inspired Writer, so applicable to our present subject; as I find them in the 22d Psalm, that Hymn so prophetically descriptive of our great Redeemer's ministry, and doctrines.
“I will declare thy Name unto my brethren ; in the midst of the congregation will
I praise thee. O praise the Lord all
that fear Him for He hath not abhorred the low estate of the poor : He hath not hid His face from him, but when he called unto Him he heard him. My praise is of Thee in the great congregation; my vows will I perform in the sight of them that fear Him. The
shall eat and be satisfied : they that seek after the Lord shall praise Him; your heart shall live
All the ends of the World shall remember themselves, and be turned unto the Lord : and all the kindreds of the nations shall worship before Him. For the kingdom is the Lord's, and He is the Governor among the people.”
“ For the Lord's sake,” for the sake of that benevolent Saviour, whose footsteps were marked by charity, and
O let us faithfully obey our Sovereign, cheerfully submit to his mild, and paternal, rule.
Behold the influence of our beloved King's example; all ranks of people. hastened to relieve their poorer neighbours; every one who had the power to give gladly imitated his
On one particular occasion our late King cheerfully gave up a million of money, justly
belonging to the Crown, to assist our National resources. At every charitable meeting his children, and family, were actively forward in promoting the welfare of the poor. Especially our lately departed 'Prince, who in the hour of danger boldly faced his country's enemies; in the time of peace always was ready to promote the works of charity. At this season of the year how frequently our Princes are at the head of public charities; to which their presence, their example, and their exhortations, so greatly contribute.
And is this a Government to be changed for the wild schemes of restless ambition, the vain pretences of reformn? Go through the kingdoms of the Earth-visit all the boasted Republics—where is the free, and happy, Country equal to our own?
Where is true Christianity so well maintained in faith, and practice? Where else is the poor man's cottage a castle for his family
- where are his rights so truly valued, and so powerfully enforced ?
The very first men among us, in fortune, rank, and talent; are all desirous to pre
serve true Liberty: all jealously, and justly, watchful over our invaluable Constitution. Their time, their talents, riches, influence are all devoted to their Country; and to the necessities of the poor they are never wanting.
May it please Heaven to unite our hearts as the heart of one man; that we may hand down these blessings unimpaired to our children's children. And while our wealthier brethren clothe, feed, and educate the poor; while they diffuse among all ranks the cheering knowledge of true Religion: may we all so peaceably and orderly conduct our lives, as to put to silence the ignorance of foolish men.'
Every honest, and good man, will, in his station, endeavour faithfully to contribute to the general welfare. He will cheerfully submit to the pressure of the times; because he knows that by our former, and present, sacrifices of some of our comforts, for paying off the debts of many years' war: we have in fact preserved our Country.
A sensible man must know that commerce cannot immediately recover her strength, when
many of the finest Countries of the