12 DECEMBER 1840, Page 10

EXTRACT FROM A LE1"rElt TO A menntat or 'run socIETY


" 't on al Iner. If ever there was en oggres:ive and tin uul royal:id war,

it is tl at I aa urging Ly Engli-lawn on the eunt il.e still more

unjust t..e.'i. 6. in opined, it is that at the same litre 1,143 iii on uptinst the

Chinese le. Against these wars the. Society of Flit oil, toi":.1it to have

protest el, :•gitatt(1, with all that firvour which they canned into the agita- tion agnii lt3 hose they been dumb: Ihe.00nr 3 tea society too

much to binty 'elution upon your /moist 7,f.a AimI ion. But

still, isl,■ I lottIe to ss loan the counts a mild Lars rL tily looked the rot it e I t I ni hotly do not like to Le ito/itito/ hi their man But

is it M. political to frighten a foreign minister into pi lice lion to fire Colonial Si.1 retait to abolish the apprenticeship state ill ? 11y the word polities, bourn r, I lindersialtel our Lady to mean .i.ter/y path., s. Leo. ,ilan,tothis,thattheFriend:willcalt.youtt1.eirpriuei-

ples o L. ti 410 eo without euritriitt Mg ther elves for or against poli- tical poi le -. I. this net or et,11,inlefit Ought they mot to eland: their principle s, Lil.t sing dam to be tine, IA tIless of all pal tie s? Or is it their opinion !hot the t.-oeiel3 of Frit lids ctight to tiritt.T,1 j1:-(.11 unit tic I ;.f.,ive pro- fession 01 ill( p. et c, Lot In heed; re practically to (mien e. their

views u i a. I. l-gblat 71.0 '0.1,01(1 be to glue up the lights and duties of fire citizi I • hip. Let the Psict tie do Not conk lit the/moll e s x itli the cnuurialtiou of abstract i ie wy iirch davi rv, eel itch 1.11T■11.11.(1,t, and oilier fl111.Ai011f4 Of state

policy, in it! it II, it IL. cc litters , t hey tithe :in nuke. pipet odd part. Ilow then can thee. tiitl consist) itcy or loss fulatee, be litoodet. upon the great prinuiple of peace, alai It is their di:tivoili-hing Iiiasicteristie ? Think you that JoNAT11,v9

1./istoen ptatied his Prim iples :11,,rality for the lunik•shell ? : they are

wholly practical. Ms 19th Chapter especially points to the causes of war ; such as " Secret motives of Cabinets," &c. They are remarks entirely applicable to PALMERSTON and his colleagues. And why did DYMOND give to the world his practical precepts, but to enable the citizens of a free country the better to understand their duties, and to act sup to them. The friends of peace should, at every indication that the Government is disposed for war, be wive and vigorous in repressing such a tendency., By so doing, the Ministry will be fearful of the unpopularity nue danger of war. But so long as there is no Peace party to countervail the disposition of Ministers and aristocrats to foment wars, we shall he sure to have strife and blotidshed at no long interval. But besides a dereliction of duty, 1 ran see in the present supineness of the Friends loss of iefluence upon all other questions. The people are quick to perceive the inconsistency at goad men. The y mill look coldly and suspiciously upon the efforts of benevo- lence if they see your body flinching from the greatest of all Christian duties, merely because they e011lromis., you with this or that political party or home interest. I hate st °Imo out freely to you, knowing your candour, and feeling assured that you will appreciate my sincerity. At the same time, if I could speak trumpet -tongued, so ns to be heard by every follower of GEORGE Fox, I would not shrink from doing so."