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Mortal Coils

Aldous Huxley


The Souls of Black Folk

W. E. B. DuBois


The Pictorial Key to the Tarot

Arthur Edward Waite


The Count of Monte Cristo

Alexandre Dumas


Lectures on British India

by George Thompson

Excerpt:

ON

BRITISH INDIA,

DELIVERED IN THE FRIENDS' MEETING-HOUSE,

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND,

IN OCTOBER, 1839,
BY

GEORGE THOMPSON,

WITH A PREFACE BY

WM, LLOYD GARRISON.

D- ^atotuctet, 3£t. K.:

PUBLISHED BY WILLIAM AND ROBERT ADAMS.
1840.

Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1840, by

Robert Adams,
In the Clerk's Office of the District Court of Rhoderlsland.

PREFACE.

Whatever relates to the rescue of suffering humanity,—the overthrow of oppression,—the extension of christianity,—overleaps all geographical boundaries, swims across all seas and oceans, scales the highest mountains, and embraces mankind. It matters not where the victims of arbitrary power are found pining in hopeless servitude ; or in what quarter of the globe the trade in " slaves and souls of men" is prosecuted ; or who they are that worship idols which their own hands have made; or how remote or how local is systematic iniquity; or how gigantic or formidable is the evil to be overthrown ; or how apparently hopeless are the chances of success. The faith that overcomes the world is disheartened, appalled, conquered by nothing that is in the world. It realizes perpetual victory, though engaged in perpetual conflict. Philanthropy and Religion can occupy no narrower field, in which to exert their powers, than the whole earth; and regard all castes and races of men with equal favor. To them there is no high, no low, no rich, no poor, no white, no black, no foreign, no native, but all stand upon a dead level. Hence their mission is, to make investigations into human misery, that it may be turned into happiness; to discover where darkness broods, that light may be disseminated ; to ascertain the strength and prevalence of tyranny, that its yokes and fetters may" be broken ; and where sin abounds, to cause grace much more to abound. It is the spirit of Cain which says, " Am I my brother's keeper V It is the spirit of Jesus which says, " Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature"—which hastens to the relief of him who has fallen among thieves, regardless of his origin, or by what name he is called—which aims to seek and to save that which is lost. If it be true, that he who has not this spirit is not of Christ, then it is certain, that he who feels no living interest in the redemption of the world—who allows prejudice to steel his heart to the cries and sufferings of others—who finds in the remoteness of those who are in a perishing condition, an excuse for giving no countenance to an enterprise which is designed and adapted to rescue them from death—whose compassion and love are hemmed in by geographical limits and national distinctions, or kindled or extinguished according to the complexion and condition of the sufferers—Cannot Be A Christian. The same mind is not in him that was in the Master whom he professes to serve. If he loves not those whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen ? And, in seeing any portion of mankind, he has seen them all; for God " hath made of one blood all nations of men," and " in Christ Jesus there is neither Jew nor Greek, Barbarian nor Scythian, bond nor free, male nor female, but Ail are One." Judging by this infallible standard, it follows, that a very large majority of those who profess to have put on Christ, in this country, are either religious impostors, or wofully self-de


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