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A FEW SOCIAL REFLECTIONS.
IFTER several yearz absence, I met my old friend. A Covel, at Brother Munson's, New York. - He informed me of a promise that I had requested of bim, viz. to visit from house to house, if he felt it a duty laid upon him from God. Some time passed, when he recollected it in a dull neighbourhod-it came upon him-he visited
- glorious work ensued, and a good society was raised up: though some thought he was insane, but found the error was in themselves. :;!?
The different modes have varied in different countries and ages of the world, amongst the truly pious. When the different “ denominations,” so called, judge of each other's religion, they judge that they are all wrong-but if they judge of their own religion, they judge that they are right. Hence, according to that mode of reasoning and judging, it will follow of course, that they are all right, or else that they are all wrong: but the truth is, there is good anu bad among the whole and these trvo c'asses coniprise the whole world of mankind.
It is a self-evident truth, that as all men descend from the same original stock, they are of one degree ; and hence have the same natural rights-equally. Therefore every generation of men have as good a right to govern itself as the generation that preceded it, by the sime rule that every man is born equal in right with his cotemporary--consequently, the difference of distinctions is rather the result of ART, by which the order of things is inverted, than of any natural modification of things.
By what rule of right can one man exercise authority with a command over others ? Either it must be the gift of God, or, secondly, it must be delegated by the peo ple-- or less, thirdly, it must be ASSUMED!
A power without a right, is assumption; and must be considered as a piece of unjust tyranny."
KINGLY Power had its origin and foundation in that of “BABEL," or Babylon, which met the Divine disapprobation, and whose curse, as a just retribution, scattered them abroad and laid the foundation for the different nations and dialects! Likewise the case of Saul, was a striking example of “ kingly power" not being founded in Divine wisdoin, nor agreeable to “ moral order.” But if there be kings, it would be better to have good men than bad oneshence the christians were to pray for them; as friends to society, who wish for peace in the land !
The power of the POPE, who is stiled “universal Bishop,” as the spurious “VICEGERENT of the Almighty upon earth” and “ KINGLY POWER” and SLAVERY, are all of a piece, though different modelled the principle is the same, being founded in “ moral evil," and requires terror and ignorance for its support-therefore tyrannical barbarity, and every species of cruelty that human nature could invent, has been used, to prevent the spirit of inquiry, that man might not see, feel, and detect the imposition--but quietly submit to the galling yoke of
without being permitted to think, and sce, and judge, or ACT for themselves! ---which shews that those Governors "love darkness rather than light, because their deeds are evil!"
But if all men are “ BORN EQUAL," and are endowed with unalienable RIGHTS by their CREATOR, in the blessings of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happinessthen there can be no just reason, as a cause, why he may .. or should not think, and judge, and act for binisell in. matters of religion, opinion, and private judgment.
For what right hath any man to meddle with that which does not concern him ?
If all men are “equal and independent" in their INDIVIDUAL capacity--yet it is equally self-evident that they are dependent in a social capacity. Natural rights are by virtue of existence-social rights by virtue of being a
member of society. Those rights imperfect in POWER, · are cast into the common stock by delegation and he
takes the arm of society, of which he is a part, in prefer ence and in addition to his own.
A whole being composed of parts, the parts collective Jy form one whole.
The “ CONSTITUTION” of the United States was framed by a delegated" CONFEDERATION, who were chosen by the people for that purpose. The Constitution, when framed, was rīcenincended by the Confederation to the different states---each of which voluntarily received it by their own proper legislative and sovereign authority, whose officers were chosen by the people for that purpose-all of which procedure is agreeable to natural justice, arising from the CREATOR'S to law of nature.”
And as the Constitution admits of AMENDMENT, how different this from the old theory~" Can do no wrong, nor think any evil." How great is the contrast, which admits of freedom of speech and of the press"--and the one “ DEATH” for “ IMAGINATION,"- death of the K***!
If the Creator made the ocean for the benefit of his creatures, as a common shighway” for all nations-by what right can one claim it for his own; and compel others to pay him for the privilege to use it?
Is it not assumption ?ma power without a just right, of course, an infringement upon natural justice and must be considered as an unjust Tyranny !
Universal rights of conscience should be established in every land, agreeable to the Creator's law of nature that light may be disseminated, and the joyful sound extend to every clime-that the earth may revert to its original and proper owner and his Kingdom come and rule over all!
It hath been a matter of thankfulness with me to the wise and good Creator, that my lot was cast in America For had I existed in any other age or nation, it would have bece naturally impossible for me to have enjoyed those privileges that I do now, because they did not then and there exist.
The times are eventful; and the fall of many no doubt is at the door. The “ten toes” of Nebuchadnezzar's image are now only remaining the second “BEAST*
from the earth (Asia) is come--and the five heads of the first BEAST are fallen-which shews the succession of POWER, and the TIME of the Church in the “wilderness."
The seve heads of the Dragon in pagan Rome, 1 Kings, 2 Consuls, 3 Dictators, 4 Triumviri, 5 Decemviri, 6 Military Tribunes, 7 Imperial. Constantine the Great, being the tail or last emperor: in Rome pagan, opened the door for corruption in the Christian church, by his “Law Religion” and the introduction of images, so the stars of heaven fell”-i, e. the ministry became corrupt-bence arose pride and ambition, and the papacy or first BEAST sprang up, out of the sea (Europe) who exercised whatever authority had ever existed at Rome56 " five of his heads are fallen," i Lateran, 2 St. Pen ter's, 3 St. Mark's, 4 St. Maria Maggiore, 5. St. Mary Major!
So the first beast is not (and Babylon reigns Queen) his power being taken from him in 1810-(see Wesley's potes, fifty-six years hesore hand) but he will rise and struggle once more before his final overthrow.
END OF THE HISTORY--BEING VOLUME FIRST O
[The second will consist of his Polemical works, &c.]
The Appendix by Peggy Dow, mentioned in the Proposals, is in a separate volume---this being so much Jarger than was contemplated--though both for the same price to subscribers, according to the statement.'