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far reaching. If, in the place of political strife, the people's education could become the engrossing topic, we might soon write over our prison doors, “To Let."-Ed.]
RELIGION AS CONNECTED WITH EDUCATION.
“A religious education is most essential to the welfare of every individual. To the rich it is all but every thing; to the poor it may be said, without a figure, to be everything. It is to them that the Christian religion is especially preached--it is their special patrimony; and if the Legislature does not secure for them a religious education they do not, in my opinion, half execute their duty to their fellow-creatures.”
[“ Think not that Liberty
And understandingly, as wisely said Lord Byron,
“ The Tree of Knowledge is not that of life.
A power to make these subject to itself;
And again, he writes
“ I have known
A depraved high-taught intellect, blowing where it listeth, does but blight and scathe the souls of men. And the highest good of all demands that every child should be taught,
“ Not only
Principles earthy and of earth,
Knowledge without religion puffeth up, and is vain and blind.
“For never yet did philanthropic tube
Of nature, overlooks her author more ;
And what more invigorating to the faculties, than exercise on moral things, "the least of which seem infinite."-Ed.]
THE HUMAN MIND NO LONGER IN SHACKLES.
"I rejoice to think that it is not necessary to close these observations, by combating objections to the diffusion of science among the working classes, arising from considerations of a political nature. Happily the time is past and
gone when bigots would persuade mankind that the lights of philosophy were to be extinguished as dangerous to religion ; and when tyrants could proscribe the instructers of the people as enemies to their power. It is preposterous to imagine that the enlargement of our acquaintance with the laws which regulate the universe, can dispose to unbelief. It may be a cure for superstition-for intolerance it will be a most certain
but and true religion has nothing to fear from the greatest expansion which the understanding can receive, by the study either of matter or of mind. The more widely science is diffused, the better will the Author of all things be known, and the less will the people be tossed to and from by the