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of increasing the number, that I have consented to have my poor, desultory Essays printed in a volume, and circulated until they shall be superseded by regular treatises on the great topic of PEACE & War, written by abler hands. I know that these Essays, weak and inadequate as they are; have had the effect of changing the opinions of many, not only as to the folly and wickedness of the custom of War, but also, as to the probability of its final abolition, and thus have, themselves, been in a degree, instrumental in hastening “ a consummation so devoutly to be wished.” It is presumed that the effect will not be less, but greater, by uniting these fugitive pieces įn a volume,-for, although the connection is not so intimate, but that they may read separately, yet they mutually support and strengthen each other.If my feeble exertions shall in any way adyance the great cause of “peace on earth and good will to man,” which brought the Savior from Heaven, the small space I have filled in existence will not be left a blank, and my fellow creatures will be benefitted more than they could be in any other way by
July 4th, 1827.
INTRODUCTION. MR. EDITOR,
Finding myself now at leisure, and that there has been but little in your paper on the subject of Peace and War since my last number, I consider it to be my duty to resume my labours. I am encouraged to do this, by information that a fulfilment of my promise has been called for, and from the favourable reception my essays have met with in the Northern and Middle States, where they have been frequently reprinted with marks of approbation; so that I have reason to think that my labours have not been in vain, and that I have not spent my strength for naught.
A further inducement for me to continue my lucubrations is the paucity of books and writings, on permanent and universal peace. It is difficult to write on self-evident propositions and generally acknowledged truths; and no truth has been more generally acknowledged, than that a spirit of war is in direct opposition to the spirit of the gospel.