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"Not all thy foes on earth can say
Can turn my heart from thee away,

And yet my heart is free;

These wounds and scars, which men despise,
Are jewels precious in thine eyes,
And this is all to me.

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Such was Hosea Ballou's estimate of the doctrine in 1826, after having preached it for thirty-five years. He had not become tired of the theme. No hope of worldly honor could draw him away from it. He truly, like Paul, "kept the faith." No insidious philosophy could divert his heart from the truth; for, although he was in love with all wisdom, and prized knowledge of every kind, yet the gospel was, in his sight, the highest of all science; for it was this only which could make men "wise unto salvation, through faith in Jesus Christ." And yet at this time his work was little more than half

*For the whole piece, see "Voice to Universalists," by J. M. Usher, 1st edition. Boston: 1849. pp. 145-148.

done. To the age of eighty-two he continued to preach the same doctrine. Never even for once did he doubt, after he had received the truth; never did he give back or falter; but onward, onward was his course. How few men could have written in sincerity the poetry here given! How very few have lived lives that would correspond as well to the sentiments as Mr. Ballou's!


In February, 1827, Mr. Ballou received a letter from a young clergyman in Ohio, of the name here given. It contained very encouraging accounts of the springing up of Universalism in various parts of that state; and it attributed the spread of truth in that region, in no small degree, to the influence of the eastern periodicals.

"It is astonishing that the doctrine of divine love should have spread in this country as rapidly as it has. It seems by its native energies to have taken hold upon the minds of multitudes, and, unaided by ministerial instructions, to have led them by its own peculiar efficacy into the way of life. When a respectable man in this country becomes a Universalist, he is a centre of light, whence many rays diverge; and thus, in many cases, are his friends and relatives enlightened, and obtain a like precious faith. Eastern periodical publications are extensively useful among us in the diffusion of the truth. Hundreds in the West have been translated from darkness to light by the instrumentality of these publications; while others, like the noble Bereans of old, have resolved to search the Scriptures for themselves, and, by the unsophisticated truths of inspiration, have burst from the dark tombs of apostasy, and have come forth into the resurrection of life, ' and tasted of the powers of the world to come.'"

At the time this epistle was written, there was scarcely

a Universalist publication in all the great West; but the publications from the older states flowed out there; and no one, we think, exercised a more decided influence than the Universalist Magazine, at the head of which stood Mr. Ballou. Now, the Western States are abundantly supplied with Universalist periodicals, published and edited by faithful brethren who dwell there.


In the spring of 1827, Dr. Lyman Beecher, then in the meridian of his days, was busily engaged in "getting up" a revival in Cambridgeport, Mass. He had the use of the Baptist meeting-house for the purpose, as the present Orthodox society had not then come into being. All our readers will remember the words of Jesus, Matt. 16:27, 28,-"For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works. Verily I say unto you, There be some standing here which shall not taste of death, till they see the Son of man coming in his kingdom." On a certain occasion, when the doctor was preaching with great vehemence, he found himself in an unhappy predicament concerning these two verses. It is evident, beyond all contradiction, the Saviour was particular to inform the people, that the coming of the Son of man would take place before all those should taste death who stood near him at that time. Whenever any clergyman should read these verses in connection, every sensible person who heard him would immediately see this fact. But Dr. Beecher did not read them both.

He read the whole of the twenty-seventh verse with emphasis, and one or two words in the twenty-eighth ; but, probably seeing that by reading the twenty-eighth it would be made evident that his application of the passage was incorrect, he stopped short, after he had begun it, and directed the minds of his hearers to something else. The following was the manner: [reading very rapidly]"For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it. For what is a man profited, if he should gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or, what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works. Verily I'— hem! and another evangelist says, 'Whosoever denies me, I will deny him.'”

This matter came to the knowledge of Mr. Ballou in the course of a few days; and it gave him great pain. He found it very difficult to reconcile it with honesty on the part of the preacher. He called to mind the words,

Thou, therefore, which teachest another, teachest thou not thyself? thou that preachest a man should not steal, dost thou steal?" He then proceeded to say:

"Those preachers who testify that endless condemnation will be the just retribution of those who steal do, themselves, commit the worst of theft, when they craftily deprive the people of the divine testimony. When the preacher threatens his hearers with a day of judgment in eternity, and attempts to support his threat by citing the words of Jesus, Matt. 16: 27, 28,- For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works.

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Verily I say unto you'-but stops short here, knowing, if he adds the remainder of the sentence, he will defeat his object, and, in room of proving his notion of a judgment in the future world, will prove that this judgment took place in the generation in which Jesus lived in the flesh, is he not guilty of spiritual theft? Is he not guilty of handling the word of God deceitfully? Is he the faithful servant of the divine Master? I believe in a day of judgment and I believe that such preachers will be compelled to give an account. I furthermore believe that this judgment is now going on; and I believe that the good sense of honest people will consign such persons to the condemnation which is appropriate to their acts."


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On completing his fifty-sixth year, Mr. Ballou felt that the down-hill of life was before him. The bright scenes of youth and middle age never would return. had reflected very deeply on the relation existing between parents and children, and on the proper method of bringing up children. He seems, at this time, to have dwelt thoughtfully on the subject.


Having lived in this world fifty-six years, I have passed through the several stages of infancy, childhood, youth and middle age, and I know that the down-hill of life lies directly in my future path. Infancy, childhood, youth and middle age, I shall never again experience; but, though I am sensible of this fact, I really feel more interested for the good of those who are to pass these seasons of life than at any former period. That I may, therefore, cast in a mite, which may, in some possible case, tend to the advantage of human nature while travelling the path I have trod, I here attempt to give some advice.

"For the good of infancy, I must advise parents to look on their little ones according to the testimony which Jesus bore of

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