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hibit to the world the rare phenomenon of a patriot minister, of a philosophic senate. May a pure and perfect system of legislation proceed from their forming hands, free from those irregularities and abuses, the wear and tear of a constitution, which in a course of years are necessarily accumulated in the best-formed states; and like the new creation in its first gloss and freshness, yet free from any taint of corruption, when its Maker blessed and called it good. May you never lose sight of the great principle you have held forth, the natural equality of men. May you never forget that without public spirit there can be no liberty; that without virtue there may be a confederacy, but cannot be a community. May you, and may we, consigning to oblivion every less generous competition, only contest who shall set the brightest example to the nations; and may its healing influence be diffused, till the reign of Peace shall spread

... from shore to shore,
Till wars shall cease, and slavery be no more.

Amidst causes of such mighty operation, what are we, and what are our petty, peculiar interests ? Triumph or despondency at the success or failure of our plans, would be treason to the large, expanded, comprehensive wish which embraces the general interests of humanity. Here then we fix

our foot with undoubting confidence, sure that all events are in the hands of Him, who from seem

ing evil

... is still educing good; And better thence again, and better still,

In infinite progression. In this hope we look forward to the period when the name of Dissenter shall no more be heard of than that of Romanist or Episcopalian ; when nothing shall be venerable but truth, and nothing valued but utility.

A DISSENTER. March 3, 1790.

SINS OF GOVERNMENT,

SINS OF THE NATION;

OR,

A DISCOURSE FOR THE FAST,

APPOINTED ON APRIL 19, 1793.

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