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CONTENTS OF VOLUME VI. AND VII.
INDEX FOR 1852_VOL. VI & VII. | Death is silent. David and Jona-
91 Einployment, Elitorial Miscellania, 38-45
122 | Elitorial Mi cellania, 149-190-286-433
Art Trens'ires in the Tiber,
159 | Early Musical Education in Germany, 252
A Life Picture,
03 / External objuets, Embalming, 385-415
Extravag 'nt use of Language,
A Few Thoughts-A Revery in Flowers of the heart,
Act Fell pour part,
364 | Great objects obtained by little things, 118
An Ernption of the Great Geiser, 420 Geology. Genius, Talent and Enter-
Bops in City and Country,
510 | Injuvlicious Education. It is well, 4-590
California. Chinese in California, 328-331 Instinctive Knowledge of Insects, 502
450 Jeptha's Daughter, James Montgome-
Chat about the Seasons.
Diligence in doi g good. Dreams, 269-317 ) Library of Congress, Lif..'s Decline, 431-475
137 Tribute of Madame De Strel, 1o Neckar,
143 The Republicanisni of Literature,
Rest at Twilight Hour,
239 The Maine Law–True anecdote of the
Sick room Musings,
122 | The Printing art. The Climate of
Strasbury Cathedral. Shelley, 450-508 William and Mary Howiti
The Influence o? Christianity on Hu Walks about Liverpool
MONTHLY LITERARY MISCELLANY. :.
DETROIT, JANUARY 1, 1852.
For the Monthly Literary Miscellany.
BY REV. H. D. KITCHEL.
The records of History prior to the com- , In all those four thousand years, the docing of Christ, are simply the chronicles of trine was growing up and entrenching itself despotism; and the best method of estimat- in all the thoughts and ways of the world, ing the influence of Christianity on civil that government was a divine gift to a ruling freedom will be by a comparison of the few, for their own behoof; and as to all present with the past.
| these teeming millions of mere human creaLook back, then, over the condition of the tures, these were simply so much raw mateancient world. Consider what manner of rial wherewith the kingly few might work policy prevailed in the governments of the out for themselves a name and a glory in the earth. What was the aim of Civil Govern- earth. One after another the great empires ment? What did it accomplish through all of the ancient time realized this theory.-those ages of the world's minority ?-what They had no People. The princely and the did it even aim to accomplish for the People servile were the only classes. The Egypti
-for the millions whom it held under its an, the Assyrian, the Persian and the Macesway? In all that tract of ages you search donian-which of these ever estimated the in vain for a single instance, in which that, common sort of man as anything nobler than which is now seen to be the true end of gov- a toiling, fighting, tribute-paying animal ? ernment among men, was recognized and it was only apparently better in Greece, or porsued! The good of the governed, the in the so-styled republican age of Rome; comfort, the elevation, the just rights of for when you penetrate beneath their fair those myriads who stood on the lower levels forms and sounding names, you find almost of humanity-where and when, before the as little of genuine liberty, in the sense of Christian era, were these ever sincerely pro- practical popular freedom, as in the veriest posed as its great end by any ruling power ? despotisms. The Free People of Athens One instance may be named; but it is one was a certain, yery limited aristocracy, not, marked with peculiarities that set it broadly by any means, the mass of the citizens. Cer. eside from the inquiry. I refer to the He- tain select and refined classes had rights and brew Theocracy in which God became him- franchises, but humanity had not yet risen self the Ruler of men. But this exception to stand on its own intrinsic dignity. And stands alone Governments had wholly an- in Rome it was not so well as in more refinother purpose in view than that of the prac-ed and cultivated Greece. tical benefit of the people. It was not even Thas you search the ancient world in discovered as yet, that there was a People vain. Genuine liberty, as a popular attainin the question, having any place or existencement was not yet known. That was a Chrisas a party in the matter of government Stian discovery. The People, as a party to