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Morality is, however, the creature rather of constitution, inte rest, or habit,than of refl:ection and choice. But what then 17 Why this most certainly: the more spurious, imperfect, and contingent the fl:oating every-day morals of the world are, the more. Grave, the more necessary, the more incumbent is the duty of wisely and jealously warding off the obliquitous in fl:uences by which men are known to be governed to so great an extent, and to secure if possible that the causes which habitually affect our morality should be as sound as they are permanent. Perhaps there is nothing that can be named, next to the power of domestic life, that operates on our mo rals with such uniform emphasis as the laws under which we live. They are made to produce certain effects, they are armed with high sanctions, they are backed by an all but irresistible power, they are enforced by pains and penalties, they are a present and constantly operating motive, either restraining or inciting. Let me illustrate this by a reference to circum stances around us. Poverty is, it is well known, when execs sive, in most instances the mother of crime. If, therefore, the laws of a country doom the greater part of its people to a. State of poverty, they become permanent ministers of sin, (hear, hear,) and, as far as they have this tendency, they are chargeable with the guilt of immorality. 'hat an appalling mass, then, of antagonist power are the governments of the world? The anathemas uttered in Paradise contained no elements inimical to the moral interests of the banished parents of our race. None. But, alas, the infl:uence of most bodies of human law is ultimately ruinous to the character of the people for whose government they are framed. An immoral law is seminal revolution and, like all other semi no.1 powers, requires only that time and circumstances should elaborate the mighty mischief. Hence the decline of former empires. Assyria, Greece, Rome, Carthage, where are they? And the same cause will precipitate, if not comute racted, our own fall. Immoral laws generally begin their history by creating false wealth, and false standards of ex cellence and power, which again become the seeds of other evils, and work the ruin of the state. (hear, hear.) Take the subject of poverty in connection with the spread of reli gion. A greater obstacle to the spread of religious truth, and its infl:uence on the hearts of the people of this country, (apart from the natural indisposition of the human mind to the re ception of peculiar doctrines,) does not exist, than the exces sive and wide-spread destitution of the people. (applause) Take, for example, the small number of the poorest of the people who attend the various places of worship: to say no thing of the sense of shame which keeps them back, or their inability to pay pew rents, or to leave their Sabbath contribu~ tions behind them. How is it possible, even in well-regulated minds, to disabuse the heart of care, that has already become familiar with the pangs of hunger? (bean) Religion com mands contentment with some, but, surely not with every de gree of indigence, or with indigence by whatsoever cause brought about. God has designed that all his creatures should.

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