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and ministers do not and dare not interpose with dignity or effect. The desperate state of our army abroad is in part known. No man more highly honors and esteems the British troops than I do: I know their virtue and their valor: I know they can achieve any thing but impossibilities, and I know that the conquest of English America is an impossibility. You cannot, my Lords, you cannot conquer America. What is your present situation there? We know not the worst, but we know that in three campaigns we have done nothing, and suffered much. You may swell every expense, accumulate assistance, and spread your traffic to the shambles of every German despot, but your attempts will be forever vain and impotent; doubly so indeed from the mercenary aid on which you rely; for it irritates to an incurable resentment the minds of your brethren to overrun with the mercenary sons of rapine and plunder, devoting them and their
possessions to the rapacity of hireling cruelty. If I were an American, as I am an Englishman, while a foreign troop was landed in my country, I never would lay down my arms-Never! Never ! Never! But, my Lords, who is the man that in addition to the mischiefs and disgraces of war, has dared to authorize and associate to our arms the tomahawk and the scalping knife of the savage—to call into civilized alliance the wild and inhuman inhabitant of the woods ? To delegate to the merciless Indian the defence of disputed rights, and to wage the horrors of this barbarous war against our brethren in America. These enormities cry aloud for redress and punishment. The noble Lord on the other side of the house (Suffolk) has said we are at liberty to use all the means which God and nature have put into our hands. I am astonished, I am shocked, to hear such principles confess'd: to hear them avowed in this House or even in this country. My Lords, we are called upon as members of this house, as men, as christians, to protest against such horrible barbarity. What ideas of God and nature that noble Lord may entertain, I know not; but I know that such detestable principles are equally abhorrent to every feeling of religion or humanity !What! to attribute the sacred sanction of God to the massacres of the Indian scalping knife? Such notions shock every precept of morality, every feeling of humanity, every sentiment of honor. These abominable principles, and this more abominable avowal of them, demand the most decisive indignation. I call upon that right reverend and this most learned bench, to support the justice of their country, to vindicate the religion of their God! I call upon the bishops to interpose the unsullied sanctity of their lawn: upon the judges to interpose the purity of their ermine, to save us from this pollution, I call upon the honor of your Lordships to reverence the dignity of your ancestors, and to maintain your own.
I call upon the spirit and humanity of my country, to vindicate the national character. Lastly, I invoke the Genius of the British Constitution. From the tapestry that adorns these walls, the immortal ancestor of that noble Lord frowns with indignation at the disgrace of his country. In vain did he defend the liberty and establish the religion of Britain against the tyranny of Rome, if these worse than Popish cruelties and inquisitorial practices are endured among us. To send forth the merciless cannibal thirsting for blood! against whom? Your protestant brethren! to lay waste their country, desolate their dwellings, and extirpate their race and name, by the aid and instrumentality of these ungovernable savages. Spain can no longer boast pre-eminence in barbarity. She armed herself with blood hounds to extirpate the 'wretched natives of Mexico; we, more ruthless, loose those brutal warriors against our countrymen in America, endeared to us by every tie that should sanctify humanity. I solemnly call upon your Lordships, and upon every order of men in the state, to stamp upon this infamous procedure the indelible stigma of public abhorrence. I call upon the holy prelates of our religion to do away this iniquity: let them perform a lustration to purify their country from this deep and deadly sin. My Lords, I am old and weak, and at present unable to say more, but my feelings and indignation were too strong to allow me to say less. I could not have slept this night in my bed, nor even reposed my head on my pillow, without giving vent to my eternal abhorrence of such enormous and preposterous principles.
CORINTHIANS, CHAP. V.
For we know that if our earthly house of this tab. ernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, a house not made with hands eternal in the heavens. For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven: if so be that being clothed we shall not be found naked. For we that are in this tabernacle do groan, being burdened: not for that we would be unclothed, but clothed upon, that mortality might be swallowed up of life. Now, he that hath wrought us for the self same thing is God, who hath also given unto us the earnest of his spirit. Therefore we are always confident, knowing that whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord. Wherefore we labour, that whether present or absent we may be accepted of him. For we must all appear before the judgment-seat of Christ: that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad. Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men; but we are made manifest unto God; and I trust also are made manifest in your consciences. For whether we be beside ourselves it is to God: or whether we be sober it is for your cause. For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead: and that he died for all that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them and rose again. Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we him no more. Therefore, if any man be in Christ he is a new creature: old things are passed away ; behold, aīl things are become new. And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; to wit; that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ's stead be ye reconciled unto God.