doubt they are men as much after your own hearts,
as ever David was after the heart of God. And you Mr. [LaRoy] Sunderland in particu lar
you have no doubt, in an helpmete, after your own image and your own likeness. Congratulate yourself
great ly, in having obtained a man after your heart, to help
you to lie and persecute.
O ye priests, but you are a heaven born race; and that all
the world may well know by the company you keep. You have got for
your associate; a man no torious. for lying, for adultery, for stealing, for
swindling, and for villainy of all kinds, but for nothing else. Are
you not happily yorked [yoked] together with believers, precisely of your
own character? surely you are, since it is company of your own choosing.
For our parts, we shall consider it an hon or, to be belied
and persecuted by such de bauchees, in it we will rejoice as long as
we have breath, knowing if these men speak well of us, that
we are not doing the will of God. For the friendship of such, is enmity
against God. And the friendship of God, is enmity to such.
And there, O ye priests, we leave you with your holy company,
until it shall be said to you all, “Depart ye workers of iniquity,
into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels.”
There is another character, who has figur ed somewhat in the
affairs of granny . Doctor .
This poor pitiful beggar, came to a few years since, with
a large family, nearly naked and desti tute. It was really painful to
see this pious ’s
(for such he professed to be) rags flying when he walked the streets.
He was taken in by us in this pitiful condition, and we put him
into the printing office, and gave him enormous wages, not because
he could earn it, or because we needed his service, but merely
out of pity. We knew the man’s in competency all the time, and his ignorance, and
inability to fill any place in the literary world, with credit to himself,
or to his em ployers. But notwithstanding all this, out of pure
compassion, we gave him a place, and afterwards hired him to edit the
paper in that place, and gave him double as much, as he could
have gotten any where else. The subscribers, many at least, complained
to us of his inability to edit the paper, and there was much
dissatisfaction about it, but still we retained him in our employ, merely,
that he might not have to be supported as a pau per.
By our means, he got himself and family decently clothed,
and got supplied with all the comforts of life, and it was nothing
more nor less, than supporting himself and family as paupers;
for his services were actually, not worth one cent to us, but on the
contrary was an injury. The owners of the establish ment, could
have done all the work which, he did themselves, just as well without
him as with him. In reality, it was a piece of pauperism.
But now reader mark the sequel. It is a fact of public notoriety,
that as soon as he found himself and family in possession of de cent
apparel he began to use all his influence to our injury, both in his
sayings and doings. We have often heard it remarked by slave holders,
that you should not make a negro equal with you, or he would try to
walk over you. We have found the saying verified in this pious
, for truly this niggardly spirit manifested itself in all its
meanness; even in his writings, (and they were very mean at
best) he threw out foul insinuations, which no man who had one particle
of noble feeling would have condescended to. But such was the
conduct of this master of mean ness. Nor was this niggardly co[u]rse confined to
himself, but his sons also, were found en gaged in the same mean business.
His sons, in violation of every sacred obli gation, were found
among the number of granny ’s
men, using all there influ ence (which however was nothing; but they were
none the less guilty for that, for if it had been ever so great it
would have been used) to destroy the benefactors of their family, who
raised their family from rags, poverty, and wretchedness. One thing
we have learn ed, that there are negroes who were white skins,
as well as those who wear black ones.
a few others who acted as lackies, such as , , Cyrus P Smalling, etc.
but they are so far beneath contempt that a notice of them would be
too great a sacrifice for a gentleman to make.
Having said so much, we leave this hope full company, in the
new bond of union which they have formed with the priests. While they
were held under restraints by the , and had to behave with a
degree of propriety, at least, the priests manifested the greatest opposition
to them. But no sooner were they excluded from the fellowship of the
church and gave loose, to all kind of abominations, swearing,
lying, cheating, swindling, drink ing, with every species of debauchery,
then the priests began to extol them to the heav ens for their
piety and virtue, and made friends with them, and called them the finest fellows
in the world.
Is it any wonder then, that we say of the priests of modern
days, that they are of sa tan’s own making, and are of their father
the devil. Nay verily nay; for no being but a scandalous sycophant,
and base hypocrite, would say other ways. As it was with ,
so it is with these crea tures.
held in bounds by the church, and made to behave himself, he
was denounced by the priests as one of the worst of men, but no sooner
was he excluded from the church for adultery, than instantly he
became one of the finest men in the world, old deacon [Orris] Clapp of Mentor ran and took him and his
family into the house with himself, and so exceedingly was he pleased
with him, that purely out of respect to him, he went to bed
to his wife. This great
kindness and re spect, did
not feel just so well about but the pious old deacon gave him a hundred dollars
and a yoke of oxen, and all was well again.
This is the ,
that was author of a book which bears the name of , but
it was this said that
was the author of it;
but after the affair of ’s wife
and the pious old deacon, the persecu tors thought it better to put
some other name [p. 59]