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such that in all their wars, a captive female
was never known to be violated, nor favors
nor injuries forgotten !

9th— THE MILITARY LAW.

The character of the Military, is hinted in
the preceding lines. In civilized countries.
the Military power to act, emanates from the
civil authority in the Government; and those
who get killed, die according to law !

10th— LAWS OF NATIONS.

Custom adopted by common consent, arising
out of circumstances and the nature of things,
among the nations of the earth



The peace of nations is dependent on the
Laws of nations ; the Laws of nations is de-
pendent on the Military Law ; the Military
Law upon Civil Law; the Civil Law upon
Moral Law.

Shake Moral Law out of the minds of so-
ciety, and all confidence is gone and lost to
safety ; for where no inward obligation is felt
on the mind, there is no Conscience to influ-
ence the conduct. And man would be no bet-
ter than a demon let loose.

11th— LAW OF NATURE.

What is innate and inherent; being im-
planted in nature by its Author — and it is be-
yond the power of our control to extirpate the
principle ; although by grace, we may order
our example and practice, by the duty of the
Cross !

12th— MEDICAL LAW.

Provided one is initiated in the Medical So-
ciety, and hath a Diploma* — he is authorized
to practise according to Law.

Any one who administers to the sick, in
what is called Medicine, without leave or li-
cense from the Society — if the patient dies ;
why, the medicine, to be sure, killed him.

But if the regular Faculty administered the
same thing, then the disorder killed him — and
he died according to the Law of Medicine and
the Law of Nature too !

Here then is " Killing according to Law,''''
provided it happened accidentally or through
mistake in the medicine, by those who are
properly authorized to it according to Law. —
Privileged order of men !

If it be an " act of surgery" 1 to bind up a cut
finger or to dress a wound, or to give herb
drink to a child, be a '-practice of Physic,"
then surely, who can be safe from the penalty
attached to the invasion of Medical Law !
well may one cry out and say, " Good Lord
deliver us !"

The man who is killed in a duel, is killed
according to the " Law of Honor."

The man who kills another in self-defence,
does it according to the " Law of Nature ;"
self-preservation being the first Law of nature.



* " The President of the Medical Society, to

whom these presents may come, greeting know

ye that hath been approved relative to his knowl-
edge in Medicine and Surgery on examination, according
to the Rules and Regulations established by the Fellows

of the Medical Society. I do therefor* heYeby

license him to practice as a Physician and Surgeon, with
all the rights, privileges and honors thereunto appertain-
jng, and do recommend him to the notice of the Faculty,
and the improvement of the public.

In testimony whereof. I have hereunto set my hand,
and have caused the seal of the said society to be here-
unto affixed at Sec &c. 18J0."



The man that is hung for murder by the
sheriff is killed according to the statute Law
of the land.

The man that is shot by a Court Martial or
in battle, is killed by and according to Mar-
tial Law.

13th— LAW OF FAITH.

In former times as well as at the present day,
many have thought that man was only born
to believe what another taught.

But John Wesley well observed, in his
eauiii n against bigotry, and in his views of a
Catholic Spirit.

" Although every man necessarily believes
that every particular opinion which he holds
is true, jet can no man be assured that all his
opinions taken together are true."

•■ Every wise man will allow others the
same liberty of thinking, which he desires
they should allow him. And will no more
insisl (Hi their embracing his opinions, than
he would have them insist on his embracing
theirs."

•• No man can choose for or prescribe to
another. But everyone must follow the dic-
tates of his own conscience, in simplicity and
Godly sincerity. He must be fully persuaded
in his own mind ; and then act according to
the best light he has. Nor has any creature
power to constrain another to walk by his
own rule. God has given no RIGHT to any
of the children of men, thus to lord it over
the conscience of his brethren. But every
man must judge for himself, as every man
must give an account of himself to God."'

This doctrine of the inherent and unalien-
able "RIGHTS OF MAN"— to think and
to judge and to act for himself, is not incul-
cated and circumfused enough in the world,
to prevent bigotry, and to break down the
walls of superstition. For bigotry, and su-
perstition, and ignorance, always go hand in
hand together. The former being bottomed
on the latter !

Man cannot rationally believe without
evidence. Hence, Jefferson's notes on Vir-
ginia. — If one man believes in one God,
another believes in twenty Gods — what is
that to me ? If neither picks my pocket nor
breaks my leg; why thru should 1 persecute
him '.

Persecution may make a man a hypocrite,
through fear of punishment ; but cannot cure
him. .For a man must be convinced before
he will or can be converted.

You may love and pity him ; and strive to
convince ami persuade him ; but further you
may not go. For the conscience oi man is
the Divine Right and Prerogative — ami no
man has a right to invade it.



Hence with prayer and faith, carry him to
the throne of Grace, and leave him in the
hand of God.

The exercise of faith may be consi
as the " re-action" of the soul ox GOD,
(when the spirit of God operates on the
mind.) and this devotional re-action, is im-
puted to the man, (not as sin, but) for
righteousness, i. e. as a RIGHT ACT. This
is the true worship, being done in the Spirit
and in TRUTH ! £J

The soul gathers in strength, in this re-
actioncd devotion, which is not natural, but
supernatural, above nature. There is a kind
of miraculous virtue in it — a power, inward,
to hang on God ; to trust in him ; and to
sacrifice what is repugnant to his will, and
overcome it.

Hence, " This is the Victor:/ that over-
cometh the world, even our Faith" — " and
being justified by Faith we have peace with
God through Jesus Christ."

This inward strength of power to lay
hold on GOD, is what will support one in
the conflicts of life and death !

14th— LYNCHS LAW.

In the "Whig and Tory" days of the
South, when no man's person or property
was sate, the former laws having become ob-
solete, from the confusion of the times; a
man by the name of Col. Lynch, formed an
association, to expel suspicious characters
from the neighborhood, and chastise them at
discretion, which practice is continued in
some parts of the South and West to the
present day* as exemplified on Lynch's
Island, at the mouth of Cumberland river, in
the Ohio.

Dick and Bob understand it.

Pat calls it " Skelala," "Club Law," or
" Mob Law," a Buckskin with a whip !

15th— LAWS OF GOD.

The Laws of God, whether written, or in-
spired by the immediate influence of the
Spirit on the mind.

Those who hare not the written Law, are
a Law unto themselves, or have a Law
written in their Hearts ; their Cor,
bearing them witness, and their thoughts in
the mean while, accusing, or else excusing
one another.

Something INWARD approves or DIS-
APPROVES !— Tom Paine, admits that God
can, if he please, impress the Human mind.
Hume admits that all religions will persecute,
when trey have power, except the "True
one."'

Surely a ray of light is in every mind —



"The true Light which lighter, h every man
that cometh into the world."

For love to Goo and man, is the quint-
essence and sum of that religion, which
thinketh (or meaneth and intendeth) no evil,
but suffereth long and is kind.

If the exercise of Faith be the re-action of
the Soul on GOD — and a man is to be justi-
fied in such devotional exercise ; then we may
understand the doctrine of Faith being
" counted" — " accounted ;*' " reckoned" and
" imputed'' to man for " Righteousness."
Hence inspired with a strength superior to
Nature ; an inward sensation, a spring of
action, to surmount difficulties, in times of
danger, exigency and distress, when the
hands would hang down and the mind be
depressed — by Faith in God. we may over-
come and be victorious — when nature, ab-
stracts from divine aid, must have given up
and sunk down under the enormous weight
and heavy load, with gloom and despair.

But this stimulating principle of Divine
Life, will bring the peace and joy of the
kingdom ; to love the Lord supremely and to
love thy neighbor also.

Hence the soul progresses in strength, to
stand, to walk, and conquer. Therefore the
weapons are not carnal, but spiritual, mighty
through God to the pulling down the strong
holds of Satan ! Here then is the power and
Law of faith.

16th— JOCKEY LAW.

Get money honestly, if you can ; any how,
get money.

Take an old horse, file down his teeth ;
burn them with a nail rod, to make them ap-
pear under seven years. Give him three
bushels of sweet apples and three bushels of
green corn in the milk ; which in seven
days will make him appear fat. Shear off
the long hairs, and use some coloring if
necessary ; brush him up to make him shine ;
blow up the hollows above his eyes, &c. to
make him appear plump and full ; put a pep-
per pod in his tail, to make him antic and
full of. life; a spur in your own head and
cigar in the mouth ; a watch chain with a
button at the end, in your pocket ; give the
animal some bread and wine, to raise his
ambition; and taking some of the good stuff
yourself — then swear you have as good a
Colt as any gentleman with a fine shining
boot. So mount, showing in appearance,
that you are as clever a fellow and have as
good a horse as any on the Turf — according
to custom, which makes LAW !

Take water, burnt sugar, aquafortis, and
several drugs of a poisonous nature, mix with
the good old strong stuff — to make a bead-



lawful proof — expanded — 4 made into 5 casks,
according to law — i. e. take care the law don't
get hold of you.

Two half bushels — 2 yard sticks and bruised
tin measures — one to buy and the other to
sell with, &c. QcHo ensure the best end of the
bargain !

To make the sale of milk profitable. 1st.
Wash the milk well with u-ater. 2d. Thicken
it well with good starch ; then thirdly, sweet-
en it with magnesia, to prevent it from sour-
ing — then affirm that it is pure, good, sweet
milk.

17th— LAWS OF HELL.

" Devils with Devils damn'J ;
Men only disagree !"

t: The Devil and his Angels." Then goeth
he. and taketh seven other spirits, more
wicked than himself, they enter, kc. Shows
that the He there spoken of, was a spirit ; —
taketh, &c, implies an ascendency of power ;
more wicked implies degrees of wickedness
among the Devils, and a kind of Monarchy in
Hell.

" My name is Legion, for we are many," a
captain to every ten ; a centurion to every
hundred ; and an officer to each thousand —
6666. according to Roman order.

Beelzebub, Prince of the Devils, reigning
in the hearts of the children of disobedience,
as ' ; The Prince of this world," and "Prince
of the power of the air."

Superior and subordinate, according to the
degree of power possessed by each comman-
der, bent only upon evil as their chief de-
light.

" Evil be thou my good !"

God delivered Benhadad into the hand of
Ahab King of Israel, and appointed Ahab to
be his executioner; but Ahab, for a bribe, let
him go.

God replied, " Because thou has let go out
of thine 'hand, a man whom I appointed to
utter destruction, therefore thy life shall go
for his life, and thy people for his people."

Evil Angels are God's executioners. For
it is inconsistent with the nature of a good
Angel to go upon a bad errand.

On a visit, from the king of Judah, Ahab,
proposed to him to go by force and help to
take the bribe, which the king of Assyria had
promised, but not fulfilled— viz. restoration
of Ramoth, in Gilead.

The King of Judah saw the courtiers, the
prophets that belonged to Law religion, flat-
tering Ahab; inquired for a prophet of the
Lord. O yes, Micaiah, but I hate him, he
talks no good to me, I hate him !

The officers sent, said to Micaiah, flatter



like the others. He did, then Ahab put him
to his oath, who replied —

I saw the Lord sitting on his throne — host
of heaven round about, and the Lord said,
who will go and persuade Ahab, &c, one
said on this manner and another on that — a
good Angel could not go on a bad errand.

At length, a voice replied, I'll go and per-
suade him. How 1 I will be a Lying Spirit
in the mouth of all his prophets.

False people must expect a false spirit in
their false worship and false conduct, and be
deceived and destroyed in turn !

The King of Judah put on royalty, and
Ahab disguised himself. Unheard of orders
from Benhadad : Fight neither with great nor
small, save with the King of Israel. They
pursued the King of Judah, he cried out in
prayer, God interposed — they left him — saw
a man — possibly it may be Ahab — shot at
venture — no escape from the justice of God —
he died and was eaten of dogs on the ground
that was unjustly confiscated by a covetous
spirit ami the counsel and intrigue of awicked
woman. Jezabel had a mock trial, and per-
jured witnesses under a cloak of religion, to
destroy poor Naboth and get his vineyard AC-

( oi: DING TO LAW.

Whoever wishes to act wickedly, and cloak
it with religion and law, may read their des-
tiny by the hand of RETRIBUTIVE JUS-
TICE, as exemplified in the case of JJiab and
his wife !

The first born of Egypt were destroyed by
evil Angels, and unclean spirits like frogs
will go to the kings of the earth, when the
sixth Vial shall be poured out, under the
seventh trumpet.

Then take heed that by sin, ye do not for-
feit the Divine favor, and thereby lose his
"protection ; and thence fall into the power of
and be led captive by him at his will,
Thus

Become incorrigible, and thereby render
your situation irremediable.

Sinners cannot be everywhere. They must
he somewhere. Hence the propriety to send
them to a place fitted to their nature, to dwell
with beings, or company like themselves, in
the other world.

Swine were interdicted by the Jewish Law;
yet a herd of 2000 were kept. Evil Spirits
requested by prayer, a suffrage to enter. The
restraining power was taken oil'. Property
wickedly obtained, entails a Curse; the loss
was a just retribution.

Thus we have the principlcs'of their nature
exemplified, and the Law by which they are
governed, made manifest.

The Yankee Unitarians have given us a
new translation of the New Testament. In
which they assure us, that a Demon or Devil,



is only a disease — insanity that left the man
and got among the Hogs ; which would argue,
1, that a disease has intellects for ideas ; 2, rea-
son to arrange them : 3, language and speech
to address and communicate them ; 4, volition
to move and transport itself; 5, miraculous
power over the swine (if self-preservation he
the first law of nature in man and beast,) to
cause them to take to the water and drown !
Mefhinks it would take ten thousand times
more faith to credit their theory, about a mere
disease, than lo admit, that there is such a
thing as Evil angels — and that Evil Angels
are God's executioners.

18th— LAW OF OATHS.

An oath is an affirmation by something.

He who says he " swears,'''' and affirms by
nothing, tells a lie, and speaks an idle word.

The administration of oaths according to
Law, is so common, that its force is not felt ;
nor the obligation realized to be more than a
form, for the sake of order.

In the Law of Moses, the oath of the
Lord was between the parties, where no earth-
ly power was able to judge and determine ; but
the matter was referred to the Great Arbiter,
as the Judge, Justifier and Avenger. This
was the only case by command, in that econ-
omy.

Contrary to the command of God, which
was to make no league with the Canaanites,
but to destroy them all; the Sanhedrim or
Grand Council of seventy Elders, with Joshua
at their head, swore to spare the Gibeonites —
thus the Elders, as head of the nation, plight-
ed national Faith repugnant to the interdic-
tion. Some hundreds of years after Saul, as
head of the nation, committed a national
breach of Fidelity, by .-laying the Gibeonites.
This act of infidelity constituted a national
crime, which called for a national punish-
ment !

In the reign of David, there was a three
years' famine. David inquired the caus
obtained the answer — it is for Saul and his
bloody house ; because he slew the G
ites. Who replied, silver and gold we will
have none, but give US seven of the sons of
Saul, and we will hang them up before tin-
Lord in Gibeah ; and God was entreated for
the land.

From the foregoing we may infer the so-
lemnity, nature and obligation of an oath, and
also the meaning of the Psalmist, where he
saith (speaking of the character of a righte-
ous man) he that sweareth lo his own hurt,
and changeth not.

Those persons, who publicly avow that
they are i t.djured men, or else are impos-
tors, can have no claim to public confidence,



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but must appear in llieir true character, as
liars, taking their word for it, which is doing
them but true justice ; of course having de-
stroyed the force of moral obligation from
their minds, what trust or confidence can be
placed in them 1 Methinks they must feel
like Cain ! Afraid of their lives ! afraid of
men, and go into voluntary exile.

The king of Judah is condemned, for a breach
of faith, by violating an oath of the Lord to
the king of Babylon ; lost his eyes after see-
ing his sons slain, bound in chains to be car-
ried a captive to die in a strange land.

The Rechabites were a people of fidelity,
being instructed by their forefathers, to live
in tents and to drink no wine — were tried and
tempted by the prophet Jeremiah to drink, in
vain.

Hence the promise of God for their fidelity,
antl obeying parental instruction for 250 years,
which promise extended to generations, then
unborn. Jeremiah 35.

Judas turned traitor, was taken by the hand,
by those in authority, for a tool. Judas
thought of honor, and flattery and money;
but when he found they had no further use
for him ; he found himself forsaken and was
sensible of his folly, returned the money, con-
fessed his guilt, they tauntingly replied, wLu
is that to us 1 see thou to that, feeling his
situation, in a fit of frenzy he went and hang-
ed himself, as a warning to all traitors!

Micaiah, flattered by request, ironically,
until he was adjured and put to his oath by
Ahab, and then declared the message and
truth, of God, and so they found it to be.

Jesus said," swear not at all," "but when
they smite you on the one cheek, turn to him
the other also." Yet when he was smote on
the one cheek, instead of turning the other,
(being a prisoner, had a right to justice accord-
ing to Jewish and Roman Law,) replied, "If
I have done evil, bear witness of evil, but if
well, why smitest thou me ?"

And being silent, when questioned by the
High Priest, answering nothing ; the High
Priest put him to his oath, adjured him for
testimony on an important point, which caused
HIM to break silence, and answer the High
Priest accordingly, who flew into a flame of
passion at the reply.

Paul called God to record on his soul, by
an appeal to him.

The Angel standing with one foot on the
sea, the other on the land, lifting up his hand
swore by Him that liveth forever and ever,
that time shall be no longer.

The man whose yea is yea, and whose nay
is nay, inwardly feels and speaks in his heart,
" Thou God seest me."

But most people have not that close, con-
stant, inward feeling before God, as his spirit-



ual worshippers walking before him. Hence
in this dark, stupid, thoughtless age of the
world, governments and customs have thought
and found it necessary to use oaths, affirma-
tions, &c, to bring people to their feelings,
in point of testimony and obligation, socially.

And what feeling is exercised on this oc-
casion, and that which proceeds from yea and
nay— they both, when flowing from inward
truth, are bottomed on the same principle of
fidelity, founded on moral obligation, in then-
several degrees, as forms and modes alter not
the nature of principles. For the principle
of truth is a unit, and is as inflexible as the
Eternal Causeless CAUSITER!

{Jd=People may change, and things may
change, and in the turn cf times there are
great changes. But principles and Truth
and the Deity, change not!

The feelings and character of Cain, Ahitho-
phel, Judas and Benedict Arnold, should be
kept in view by all professed Traitors.

For if some people bribe and stimulate
others to acts of treachery, yet all mankind in
creation, despise THE TRAITORS.

19th— SUNDAY LAW.

" A Presbyterian Deacon's Cat.

" Went out to seek her prey ;

" She ran round the house, —

"and " ketch' d a mouse, —

" Upon the Sabbat li ihn/ .'"

"The Deacon being much offended,

"The crime was so profane :

" He laid down his book,

"The Cat he took,

" And bound her with a chain !

"You filthy jade, ain't you asham'd !

" Don't you deserve to die !

" to carry down to hell—

"My holy wile and I !"

There are some people, instead of worship-
ping and serving the Lord, they only worship
Sunday! being Sunday Christians and Mon-
day Devils ! whose religion is only in the
head, not in the heart. Hence if the head
were cut off, soul and body would go to the
devil !

In 1828, a widow, who had three young
children in bed, a young woman and two
young men, were seized in the night, and
carried nine miles by the Sheriff, (who show-
ed irons if he was not obeyed,) for the enor-
mous crime of returning from the funeral of
the young lady's mother, on a Sunday ; and
bringing some articles with them, which had
been given by the mother just before she
died. They had started according to a Pres-
byterian clock, (for the old man had been
watching like a spy,) thirty one minutes be-
fore sun-set — having no place to stay there,
but on expense, so they wished to return
home, although it snowed.

For which crime, they were fined a dollar



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OMNIFARIOUS LAW EXEMPLIFIED.



each, to mend Sabbath day broken, and about
30 dollars cost.

The Sheriff and officers made a mistake —
took too much cost — then plead for a new set-
tlement, to prevent their cost and damages
for false charges !

How few attend to the golden rule, to do
ti) others as they would that others should do
•'ii !
the late reply of the Committee in
Congress, about the Sunday mail, is worthy
to be preserved by every generous mind, in
the United States of America.

The old Priest with his long face, could
not see the reprobate wounded invalid; but
went by, then his Levite Deacon copied him
and passed by also.

But the Masonic Samaritan fulfilled the
second commandment, to do to the stranger,
a Neighbor's Part — " do as you would be
by."

Then beware of judging !

20th— LAW OF REFLECTION.

Thoughts are generally involuntary.

When in Philadelphia, at a certain time
during a yearly meeting, I expressed a desire
to be admitted in, to see their mode of doing
. but was negatived.

The night following in my sleep, thought
m\ -elf to be in a meeting composed of a few
ministers hut mostly Elders. One man arose,
and expressed a concern to visit a foreign
land. Another expressed his desire to be his
companion.

The Elders then arose, in form of half a
circle, ami drove the two men before them, to
the door of a house, which had iron gratings
which they passed; the Elders having the
keys, which none knew how to use but them-
selves.

In the floor of the room, was a brass trap
door, with slit work, which being unlocked
and raised, they confined one minister below
and the other above, and departed; there be-
ing no chance for light or air, but through
those grates.

At length the Elders returned, threw open
the doors; said, go and preach if you will.
Bui the old man stopped and stood in the sun
shine, in silent reflection, replied, the time is
passed in which the message should have
been delivered !

When I related the dream, with a desire
for an interpretation, one replied to another,
Lorenzo has been in the "Select Meeting of



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