An Address Delivered Before the Springfield Washingtonian Temperance Society Springfield, Illinois, on the 22d Day of February, 1842 (Classic Reprint)
An Address Delivered
Before the Springfield Washingtonian Temperance Society Springfield, Illinois, on the 22d Day of February, 1842 (Classic Reprint)
Opis: An Address Delivered - Lincoln Abraham
Excerpt from An Address Delivered: Before the Springfield Washingtonian Temperance Society Springfield, Illinois, on the 22d Day of February, 1842
Although the Temperance Cause has been in progress for near twenty years, it is apparent to all that it is just now being crowned with a degree of success, hitherto unparalleled.
The list of its friends is daily swelled by the additions of fifties, of hundreds and thousands. The cause itself seems suddenly transformed from a cold abstract theory to a living, breathing, active and powerful chieftain, going forth "conquering and to conquer." The citadels of his great adversary are daily being stormed and dismantled: his temples and his altars, where the rites of his idolatrous worship have long been performed, and where human sacrifices have long been wont to be made, are daily desecrated and deserted. The trump of the conqueror's fame is sounding from hill to hill, from sea to sea, and from land to land, and calling millions to his standard at a blast.
For this new and splendid success we heartily rejoice. That that success is so much greater now than heretofore is doubtless owing to rational causes; and if we would have it continue we shall do well to inquire what those causes are.
The warfare heretofore waged against the demon intemperance has, somehow or other been erroneous. Either the champions engaged, or the tactics they adopted, have not been the most proper. These champions for the most part have been preachers, lawyers and hired agents. Between these and the mass of mankind there is a want of approachability, if the term be admissible, partially at least fatal to their success. They are supposed to have no sympathy of feeling or interest with those very persons whom it is their object to convince and persuade.
And again, it is so easy and so common to ascribe motives to men of these classes other than those they profess to act upon. The preacher, it is said, advocates temperance because he is a fanatic, and desires a union of the church and State; the lawyer, from his pride, and vanity of hearing himself speak; and the hired agent, for his salary.
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Szczegóły: An Address Delivered - Lincoln Abraham
Tytuł: An Address Delivered
Podtytuł: Before the Springfield Washingtonian Temperance Society Springfield, Illinois, on the 22d Day of February, 1842 (Classic Reprint)
Autor: Lincoln Abraham
Wydawnictwo: FB &c Ltd
Rok wydania: 2015
Ilość stron: 26