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for a specimen; where innocent and pious Quakers have been cruelly and publicly whipped and hanged merely for their religious sentiments. And to the eternal shame of the perpetrators of such barbarity, be it spoken; even the soft, the beautiful sex, have not escaped the bloody power of priest-craft: for amiable and eloquent female Quaker preachers have suffered the above punishment, for preaching the gospel without money and without price, through the medium of avaricious priests, who at the same time made merchandise of the gospel, and stimulated their bewitched, be-fooled, priest-ridden admirers to commit this great wickedness, even in America. I therefore feel it my duty to entreat my readers, to beware of the modern Scribes and Pharisees; I mean ungodly avoricious clergymen, who love to go in long rustling silk gowns, and strut through the streets with a proud pre-eminence; and who love salutations in the marketplaces, and the chief seats in the synagogues, and the uppermost rooms at
feasts which devour widows' houses, and for a pretence make long prayers: these shall receive greater damnation." Hoping this edition may be as useful, and meet with the same rapid sale as the last, I subscribe myself the public's much obliged and devoted servant,
Philad. April 12, 1812.
That "hope," has been abundantly accomplished: the above edition has sold so rapidly, that I am necessitated to put another edition to press, making the round number of four thousand copies. Three editions of the same book in the same year, is a phenomena among distinguished booksellers: how much more then, by one who is accounted a cypher by almost the whole frater nity!
Philadelphia, Sept. 8, 1812.
My mind is deeply impressed, with the propriety and necessity of expostu lating with the reader on the present eventful signs of the times: my motives are doubtless disinterested and pure: I cannot expect either praise or profit. I know all king-ridden and priest-ridden people will be my implacable enemies, because I expose their base servility; but I pity and forgive them, while at the same time I disregard their calumny: "Let them talk till they are tired, and then they will stop." My business is, to take no notice of them, but to do all the good, and avoid all the evil I can. It requires no spirit of prophecy to foresee, that the revolutions and counter-revolutions, wars and rumours of wars, the many earthquakes and inundations, famine, pestilence,and commotions among the different nations of the earth, are "the beginnings of sorrow." They evidently are big with events of prodigious magnitude! In our own country I must say, that clouds
and darkness rest upon our prospects! Our domestic affairs wear a most gloomy aspect. We are threatened with the great calamity of war, both by the brigands of Europe, and the savages of America! The numerous earthquakes in divers places in the United States, the destructive storms on our sea coast, the conflagration of the theatre at Richmond, with about one hundred respectable individuals, the conspiracies to sever the union, which have recently been detected, denote (at least to me) some great approaching calamity. Yet, notwithstanding all these harbingers of the judgments of the Almighty, there is no salutary dread of his divine Majesty even anticipated. But our republic is more depraved in its minority, than the Roman republic was in its maturity. The rights of God are shamefully and wickedly infringed. Who dare deny this assertion, when they view the million of his rational creatures, now bound in galling chains, in the bowels of our commonwealth? or at least doomed to perpetual slavery,
because they happen to be born black! Will not God visit a people guilty of such unparalleled inconsistency and duplicity? Without any manner of doubt.
"Sons of Columbia, hear this truth in time, He who allows oppression shares the crime."
Notwithstanding a voice of reproof and warning is heard from the Wabash, where our countrymen were recently slaughtered by the Indians, from Richmond, where about one hundred souls were ushered from the Theatre to the bar of God, (among whom was the Governor of Virginia) from the Mississippi, where hundreds of acres of land have been swallowed up by earthquakes! from the Spanish Maine, where 10,000 people were lately destroyed by one! from London, where it was almost total darkness at 2 o'clock on the 11th day of January 1811! from Spain, where 25,000 persons were destroyed by pestilence, in one city, exclusive of those destroyed by bloody war! (indeed, a volume would not contain the many alarming calls