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“ PEACE! HEAVENLY PEACE !!! THE DE
SIRE OF ALL NATIONS, DAWNS ON THE
Thus it stands at the head of an article, on the arrival of the dispatches, on the late defeat of the French armies under Bonaparte, and on the surren. der of Paris to the allied kings and princes; in a weekly journal, (called “the Liverpool Courier,") fourth month, 1814.*
With respect to this extraordinary intelligencer of “PEACE! heavenly peace,” it may be fair to conclude, that the three strokes at the end of it, certainly mean to convey a good deal more than is said ; I won't say, more than he knows! However, that such a thing as “ peace," ought to be desirable, I certainly do think, after twenty-five year's war,
* My reader will perceive, that a space of time of two years has elapsed since the first part of this work was printed, to the end of the second Letter; and upwards of three years since this PEACE first began to dawn. I have been queried by some on the long time this work has been coming forth, whether my remarks and hints on the peace would be now necessary, if at all applicable, as the passing events have been so rapid and extraordinary. Nothing, however, has happened to cause me to change my opinions, or to alter, in the least, my hints on a lasting peace. One thing, hovever, has happened, not to dwell on the hundreds of thousands which it is computed have been slain in battle, on the above occasion! millions, I presume passed from hence to the world of spirits, during my work coming forth ! Among the many I see the names of Sheridan, Lindley Murray, and Henry Tuke, whose principles and practices I have called
deluged with human blood, besides the spoliation of many fine towns and countries !
Now, as the whole of my work is designed, not only to promote this “heavenly peace," but appertains thereunto, I shall be very brief here. With respect to the late negociation-the subject matter of the articles of the treaty, I have nothing to do with.--I have nothing to do with the large standing armies, and warlike attitude of these powers-neither have I any thing to do with the balance of power" the balance of Europe,” commerce and trade; neither with naval and maratime superiority,” or (the authority of the element which comprises three parts of the globe) “ the seas .!” Neither have I any thing to do with the articles of the treaty (whether my own country was a party or not) of " the holy alliance” of the Emperor of Austria, the King of Prussia, and the Emperor of Russia :-treaties and definitive treaty I have nothing to do with, not even the latter, Great Britain united. If they, in “ dividing the kingdoms among them,” parcel out .
in question--- The great and awful day of judgement will determine between us! I say, one thing however has happened, and not less remarkable and extraordinary, as it respects myself: after all the exceeding great trials, and pecuniary disappointments, (see pages 54---60---62,) and since upbraidings by friends and enemies without, and fears and misgivings within---my heart, at times, “ like melting wax," ready to receive any impressions; God, in his infinite love and goodness hath permitted me to see this work finished..." hitherto hath he helped me," it is done ! and shall I despair of his blessing on the success ? Nay, and I may not presume too much, if, like the angel in the Revelations, (c. x.) who, with “his right foot upon the sea, and his left foot upon the earth," I hold up this little book.
a portion of the lands among their minor brethren, fellow-countrymen, they do well. It is enough for me to know, that “ the holy alliance” make the foundation of their conduct “upon the sublime truths which the holy religion of our Saviour teaches :" and solemnly declare, that in their political relations with every other government “ to take for their sole guide the precepts of that holy religion, justice, christianity, and peace!" And, conformable to the words of the holy scriptures, they consider all men their brethren-considering each other as fellow countrymen.* This is exactly what it should be; and as I profess to be guided by the holy religion which our Saviour teaches, I might enlarge here; but I shall confine myself to this “PEACE! Heavenly Peace! the desire of all nations !"-.I desire only to submit this work to the serious consideration of “my fellow countrymen ”--the brethren of the universe.
Now, in turning to “ the sublime truths" of the holy scriptures, I find God's wrath proclaimed against those who cry peace, peace, where there is no peace, (Jer. vi. 14.) and unto those who say unto every one that walketh after the imagination of his own heart, “no evil shall come upon you !" (xxiii. 17–22.) But thus saith the Lord," stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. (vi. 16.) The prophet Micah, (as well as the prophet Isaiah, c. ii.) is very clear on this “ desire of all nations !"-" Hear, I pray you, O heads
• Vide Manifesto---Signed and done at St Petersburgh, 25th 12th month, 1815.
of Jacob, and ye princes of the house of Israel : is it not for you to know judgement ?—They build up Zion with blood, and Jerusalem with iniquity! The heads thereof judge for a reward, and the priests thereof teach for hire, and the prophets thereof divine for money: yet will they lean upon the Lord, and say, is not the Lord among us?” (iii. 1-10.) “ But in the last days it shall come to pass, that the mountain of the house of the Lord shall be established in the top of the mountains, and it shall be exalted above the hills; and people shall flow unto it. And many nations shall come, and say, come, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, and to the house of the God of Jacob, and will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths ; for the law shall go forth of Zion, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. And he shall judge among many people, and rebuke strong nations afar off; and they shall beat their swords into plough shares, and their spears into pruning hooks : nation shall not lift up a sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.* In that day, saith the Lord, will I assemble her that halteth, and I will gather her that is driven out, and her that I have afflicted. And I will make her that halted a remnant, and her that was cast off a strong nation: and the Lord shall reign over them in mount Zion, from henceforth and for ever." iv. 1-7. “And I will shake all nations, and the desire of all nations shall come ; and I will fill
• Here the friends of reform---of, “the cause of civil and rerigious liberty all over the world;" may see accomplished, what they make so much noise about---“ British Baynots---committed to the Tower, and swords turned into plough-shares." ,
this house with glory, saith the Lord of hosts.” (Hag. ii. 7.) “ Therefore wait ye upon me saith the Lord, until the day that I rise up to the prey; for my determination is to gather the nations ; that I may assemble the kingdoms, to pour upon them my indignation, even all my fierce anger; for all the earth shall be devoured with the fire of my jealousy! For then will I turn to the people a pure language, that they may all call upon the name of the Lord, to serve him with one consent.” Zeph. iii. 8. Hence the Jews~"all Israel," as the apostle hath it, “shall be saved ” at the last. Rom. xi. 26.
I shall not stop here to enquire how happened the late persecution in the South of France-neither the revival of the Inquisition in Spain. Sure I am “ the holy alliance”-the sublime truths which the holy religion of our Saviour teaches, will not tolerate such proceedings for a moment! If I understand right “ the sublime truths which the holy religion of our Saviour teaches,” as being the only means of consolidating human institutions, and remedying their imperfections; a very great change must take place in the hearts of mankind, as well as their actions. And what, perhaps, will more than all facilitate this PEACE—this desire of all nations, will be " the pouring out of the seven vials, of the seven plagues, (Rev. xvi.) on the seat of the beast-spiritual Babylon, c. xviii. which, like Job's messengers, will quickly follow each other! This may accompany or precede the out-pouring of the Holy Spirit, which is also promised, (see also 2 Thess. ii. 8.) Here my friends, I will close these few remarks with a short extract from a full sheet letter press, of a pri