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HERALD OF PEACE:
A Monthly Journal,
PUBLISHED UNDER THE AUSPICES OF THE PEACE SOCIETY.
"Put up thy sword into his place for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword."-Matt. xxvi. 52.
OFFICE OF THE PEACE SOCIETY, 19, NEW BROAD STREET, CITY
Address letters plainly, 59.
Address of Dr. Pye Smith, Extract
Algeria, cost of its military occupa-
Alison on war, 202.
Amelioration and codification of inter-
Armaments, reduction of, 135.
Austrians, diabolical cruelty of, at
Badajos, storming of, 215.
Bornean massacres, 158.
Captain Warner's long range, 91.
Christians' inconsistency the occasion
Column for children, 127.
Conference of the friends of Peace, 80.
Cost of the Mexican war, 62.
Cost of defending 200 miles of Kaffir Germany, progress of peace principles
Death of Dr. Pye Smith, 117; Reso-
Debates on French and English esti-
Deguerry, G., letter from, 38.
Discovery of a new planet, 157.
Dr. Speiss, on the formation of Peace
Duelling, M. Visschers on, 89.
Fact for the friends of missions, 112.
Freeman, Rev. J. J. on Kaffir Treat-
Hall of Commerce, Lectures at, 81, 95;
Halle, letter from, by the Rev. II.
Richard, with descriptive sketches, 15.
Hodgkin, Mr. John, Speech of, at the
Horace Say, letter from, 39.
Erasmus, extracts from, 69.
Folly of the Sword, Douglas Jerrold
Form of petition for disarmament, 117.
signs from abroad, 92.
Great Exhibition, 154; Royal speeches
Important and unexpected move of
Indian convert, sensible remark of
It is impossible! from the Colnische
Kaffir grievances, 114, 130, 131.
Mackintosh, Sir James, extract from,
Meeting on the Kaffir War, 227.
Mr. Cobden's motion, debate on, 150;
M. De Girardin on non-intervention,
Lamartine on the character of Napoleon,
Latter-day pamphlets, extract from,
Wm. Ewart, Esq., M.P., R. Bar-
sword, 90, 102.
London, the great Peace Congress
Lectures, by Mr. Samuel Bowly, 81;
Londón Tavern, Meeting at the, 227.
Mr. Garnier's speech at the Congress,
Peace Society's form of bequest, 220 ;|
operations of, 79, 96,
tracts and publications for the
Talleyrand's plan of, 56.
The Soldier's Warning, 60.
Presentation of colours at Portsmouth,
Public securities and war-cries, 72.
Refutation of Alison, 202.
REVIEWS.-Peace Lyrics, by H. G.
W. Jay, 19; Royal Society's Prize
Rev. H. Richard's speech at the
Sandilli and Makomo, their message,
Self-protection, limits of, 129.
Harry Smith's blasphemous address
mode of extending
Spirit of the warrior contrasted with
the spirit of Christ, 13.
their own, 73.
St. Paul's Church, Frankfort, 27.
covert exhortations to, 198.
revolting brutality of, at Badajos
- Thomas Hastings challenge to Mr.
- Thomas More's Utopia, 2.
What the Rev. A. Fuller would do, 13.
William Molesworth on the Kaffir Wild tribes of India, 132.
"The Times" on diplomacy, 19; In-
Thomas Carlyle's letter to the London
Uncivilized tribes, how to treat, 132.
Utopia, Sir Thomas More's, 2.
Victor Hugo, letter from, 39.
War, Alison's remarks on, considered,
a mark of the Apostacy, 113.
cost of, to the people of Exeter,
HERALD OF PEACE.
"Put up thy sword into his place: for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword."-Mat. xxvi. 52. "They shall beat their swords into plough-shares, and their spears into pruning-hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more."-ISAIAH ii. 4.
No. I., NEW SERIES.]
A FRIENDLY APPEAL TO INTELLIGENT AND CANDID CHRISTIANS.
WE are about to commence a New Series of the HERALD OF PEACE, which we hope will overleap the limited circle within which Peace literature has for the most part been confined, and find its way extensively to the homes and hearts of a large class of intelligent and benevolent men, who have hitherto been scarcely touched with anything like living and active sympathy for our cause. We would fain, by a few words of kindly greeting, propitiate the feelings of those of our readers to whom the subject of Peace is comparatively new. We have a firm and sanguine conviction, that could we only gain the ear of the Christian public -could we induce them to examine the question deliberately and devoutly, it would not fail in time to arrest their attention and commend itself to their judgment, as one of the most important, and even one of the most practicable, ideas of the age. At present, we fear multitudes are either totally ignorant of its true character, or look upon it under the influence of "a foregone conclusion," or through the dense and distorting haze of hereditary prejudices.
"The Peace Movement" can hardly now be regarded as obscure and unnoticed. Its sound is gone forth through all the earth, and its words to the end of the world. And yet how many are there still, to whom it is nothing more than a sound-vague, confused, inarticulate! They are aware, indeed, of great stir and activity on the part of a considerable class, not usually regarded as either the least intelligent or the least virtuous portion of the community. But they hardly know what to think of their object; whether to deride it altogether as an absurd fantasy of dreaming and impracticable enthusiasts, or to hail it as the dawning of a more auspicious era in the destinies of humanity. In this state of incertitude, "wondering whereunto this thing would grow," the great majority even of Christian men have hitherto been content to remain. If they do not openly join with the mockers, they hold aloof from all hearty recognition of the movement, and when it comes across their path, greet it only with very equivocal and ceremonious respect. But is it right that intelligent But is it right that intelligent and earnest-minded men, who ought to have a genuine sympathy with truth, in all its manifestations, should allow themselves to remain in this condition of unmeaning neutrality? No one can pretend that the question is one of trivial importance, on which it may be allowable and safe for a Christian to have no distinct or decided opinion. The War-system is at least one of appalling significance and magnitude, and standing in most disastrously intimate relation to all the highest interests-religious, moral, political, and commercial-of man and society. The inquiry whether this system is not, in its whole essence and spirit, an utter
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affront to the genius of the gospel, and whether it may not be gradually abolished by resolute and united exertion, is surely one which Christian men cannot ignore or contemn, as undeserving their attention. And yet we submit, that this has been hitherto the case to a large extent. The ludicrously crude nature of the objections usually started in conversation, by even sensible persons, on this subject, is proof enough how little it has been seriously examined. All that we ask of those friends, among whom are many with whom we are in close sympathy on most other points, is, that they do not condemn before they inquire. We ask them only, not to put aside with an impatient gesture of contempt, as extreme, visionary, and impracticable, principles and opinions respecting which they have at least this presumptive evidence, that they are held, with profound religious convictions, by many Christian men, whom they will readily admit, are not contemptible either in sense, or piety, or practical wisdom. We propose to lay before them in this Periodical, with as much clearness as we can command, the various aspects of the argument on which the Friends of Peace ground their cause; and to examine, calmly and candidly, the objections that are wont to be adduced against it. Is it too much to expect, that before they summarily dismiss its claims, they will respectfully listen to what may be said on its behalf? "We speak as unto wise men, judge ye what we say.”
THE CLOUD OF WITNESSES.
UNDER this general title, we propose to give from time to time extracts from eminent writers, ancient and modern, Pagan and Christian, in prose and in verse, illustrating the wickedness, folly, and misery of war, and the beauty and blessedness of peace. It will be thus found what an enormous weight of testimony, from the wise and good of all ages, may be brought against the practice. Theologians, philosophers, statesmen, poets, and even warriors, shall contribute their quota to this pyramid of opinion. We shall endeavour to add to the interest of this section of our periodical, by giving brief biographical sketches, and characteristic anecdotes of the authors whose sentiments we cite. We shall also take the liberty occasionally to intersperse remarks of our own, calling the attention of our readers to what may seem to us most note-worthy in the observations of our witnesses.
We begin with a remarkable extract from a sermon of Dr. Chalmers. We call it remarkable for this reason. The Peace Society was formed in the year 1816. Like most other great and good enterprises, it "came not with observation." Its beginning was very humble and unostentatious, consisting of the association of some dozen gentlemen,