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market, and because I wished, if need should be, that I might have a voice in their direction and action. But I would not sell such a right to any man, so far as now advised on all the premises.
I had the pleasure, at both these meetings, of witnessing much good sense, much sound Biblical knowledge, much well-directed zeal and much piety ; consequently, an unusual degree of harmony and unanimity in all matters of importance. I had, also, the pleas. ure of delivering several addresses on sundry grand themes, to very large and crowded assemblies of christians and fellow-citizens, at these meetings, and of hearing very edifying discourses from sundry brethren. On my way, I had also the pleasure of addressing several large and interested congregations at Wellsburg, Va., Covington and Georgetown, Ky., and of enjoying the christian hospitalities of our brethren in these places-sojourning on iny way with Bro. Mooklar, at Covington; Bro. Mitchel, at Georgetown; Bro. Allen and Mr. Bell, at Lexington, Ky,
On Tuesday, the 5th November, we sailed to Madison, Indiana, and we next day addressed the citizens of that place, assembled in the Methodist Chapel, the largest room in the city, on the subject of the Advocacy of the Holy Spirit, as commissioned by the glorified Messiah.
During my short stay in that place, we partook of the hospitalities of Father Bramwell, of the Christian Church, an aged brother, of long tried worth; of Gen. Stapp, now Mayor of the city, a member of the Baptist Church, and of Mr. Fitch, of the world, and his excellent lady, Sister Fitch, formerly of the Christian congregation in Baltimore.
From Madison, next morning, via Columbus, Ja., on the railroad, we proceeded towards the State capital, Indianapolis. On our way we addressed a very large assembly of brethren and friendly aliens at Columbus, some forty miles in the interior of the State. Here we met with Bro. Love Jameson, of Indianapolis, whose praise is in all the churches in Indiana, and with sundry other brethren, who labor in the word and doctrine of Christ. Our topic was the superlative personal and official grandeur of the Lord Jesus, as the oracle of God.
That same evening, and next morning at 9 o'clock, we spoke on the proper education of man, as a son of earth and an heir of heaven. Bro. Janieson, also, during the evening, delivered a very sensible, practical, and eloquent discourse, on christian piety. From Bro. Pidgeon's, with whom we abode, after our morning discourse, we immediately repaired to the railroad depot, but, no sooner had we
got under way, than the engine and some part of the train ran off the track, and gave to myself and several others who were standing up, a very severe shock, but, narrowly escaping the back of my seat, I received no harm. This accident, which detained us some five or six hours, was occasioned by the recklessness of an attendant on the freight train that preceded us, in not replacing the switch. While I traveled through England, a similar accident occurred from a similar neglect, which cost some lives, and several broken limbs and bruises; but the occasion of it was severely visited by the civil authorities for his neglect of duty. So ought it to be in this country, « for a terror to evil doers, and a praise to them that do well." But here it is too lightly treated, and, consequently, human life is too frequently placed in imminent danger through this criminal indifference.
From Columbus, in the afternoon, after dining with Bro. Crittenden, we proceeded, with more caution, through a very rich and beautiful country, to Indianapolis. From Madison to Columbus, after we ascend the river hill, the country, though all arable, and handsome to the eye, is not very rich: but all at once, on leaving Columbus, we travel through one of the richest and finest regions of the west. It is, indeed, exuberantly fertile, abounding in corn, and meadows of large dimensions, equalling any thing I have seen. in any part of the Valley of the Mississippi.
Arriving at Indianapolis past the hour of meeting appointed, and supposing the congregation was dispersed, we were taken immediately by Bro. Jameson to his residence. But no sooner had we sat down, than Bro. Butler's son and carriage were at the door, informing us that the congregation was yet awaiting our arrival, and that Bro. Bacon was holding them in abeyance, momentarily expecting our coming. Of course, cold and fatigued though we were, at almost 8 o'clock in the evening, we hied away to the great hall of the city, some ninety by sixty feet in its dimensions, and found a very large assembly in attendance. Bro. Bacon immediately give ing way, we rose and read a passage in one of Paul's Epistles, from which I addressed the audience on the trial, condemnation, and justification of the Messiah.
Next evening we addressed a still larger congregation, in the same hall, on the foundation which the justified and glorified Messiah-had laid for his great empire in this fallen world; and next day, (Lord's day morning,) to the largest concourse that could assemble in any
cne house in the State, we had the pleasure of unfolding the grand -scheme of heaven's philanthropy, now consummated in the death,
burial, resurrection and glorification of the Lord Jesus Christ. We elaborated this subject for some two hours, to a deeply interested auditory, and were sorry to learn, afterwards, that many citizens could not find a place in the hall, and that a portion of the vast assembly.could not satisfactorily hear all that was said on these rich premises. My vocal powers were, indeed, somewhat impaired by an incipient cold and too much speaking.
We had, one might say, the whole State in attendance, in the person of its Governor, and a State Convention of one hundred and fifty persons, then in session, new modling its constitution.
Early next morning I received an invitation from the convention, expressed in the following words:
“ INDIANAPOLIS, November 9, 1850. “ Messrs. Badger and Wolfe: The following is a copy of a resolution : adopted by the Constitutional Convention, on this day:
• Resolved, That Messrs. Badger and Wolfe be appointed a committee towait upon Elder Alexander Campbell, and request him to visit the Hall and open the Convention by prayer, on Monday morning next.' “Very respectfully, WM. H. ENGLISH, Prin. Sec'y..
“P. G. L. SITES, Assistant." Accordingly, on Monday morning, Bro. Jameson and myself visited the capitol, and, after reflecting on the important interests. lodged in the hands of this great body for the present, and probably for future generations, affecting their whole interests in all their relations of life, and being informed that a respectable proportion of its members were members of different religious communities, our own being largely represented in it, we addressed the Throne of Grace in reference to the occasion and the work on hand.
While sitting a few minutes in the hall, after the business of the day commenced, I observed Robert Dale Owen, son of my old antag. onist on the claims of christianity, sitting in his place amongst the representatives of the sovereign people. When about leaving the hall, he came round to give me his-hand, and to inquire after my health. After an exchange of the usual civilities of life, we retired, having learned that his father yet resides in London, and enjoys his philosophical visions of a future golden age, even in down-trodden, sectarian, and papistical Europe.
Robert Dale, as years leave their footsteps on his face, shows more and more his paternity. The same placid and romantically furrowed face, visionarily grotesque and benevolent, a little deeper chisseled, and with a finer instrument than that which furrowed the forehead and sculptured the placid cheeks of his far-famed sire, is
itself a truthful preface to all that he has written and said of human nature and human advancement.
Alike true to nature and his peculiar education, he is still in quest of a new order of society, adapted to man without religion and its conscience; both of which have had, by far, too much influence and sway, both in the old world and in the new, to suit the optimism which he propounds as his beau ideal of human bliss. He made a ' fine speech the other day on the rights of women, defrauded though they have been, by his work on moral philosophy. He makes them amends in goods and chattels, in the advocacy of new rights for old wrongs. He will honor the matrimonial compact made a sort of copartnery concern, with two sets of books--Dr. and Cr. ---between man and wife, each in his and her way making a little something for themselves and their bearns, with full right, when death dissolves the covenant, each to his and her own avails, to use, will, and dispose of them as in their separate wisdom may seem fit. This might have been a good provision in his special case in Scotland, some fifty years ago, inasmuch as a magnificent maternal estate was benev. olently, philosophically, and rather whimsically, alienated from Miss Dale, of Lanark, and her heirs, by Mr. Robert Owen and his and her heirs. But it is, I presume to say, a species of romantic oscillation between conjugal, paternal, and maternal attachments and interests, which no form of legislation could prevent or remedy.
Still, benevolence and justice are such beautiful words and ideas, that it always affords me pleasure to see any man do them homage, however eccentric and whimsical he may be. Even with all the visionary and imaginative aberrations of Robert Owen and Robert Dale Owen, I cherish for them both a melancholy benevolence, along with a deep conviction, that neither of them will leave the world as good and as happy as they found it.
From Indianapolis, after a promise to visit it again, on my return from Bloomington, we set out next day for the seat of the Indiana University. Accompanied by Bro. Jameson and Bro. O. Kane, we had a very pleasant day in traveling through a rich and beautiful country. We dined at Bro. G. Stafford's, midway between Indianapolis and Bloomington. The road, running almost parallel with White river all the way to Bloomington, affords a fine display of the exuberant fertility of this section of the State. Our Bro. Stafford lives on a farm of four hundred and eighty acres, of exuberant fertility enough to satisfy any reasonable man, whose aim is to have for himself and family a liberal competence of all the precious fruits of a generous soil and a genial climate. He asks no more. The
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only man I met in my late tour that said so. Seven miles from his residence we found ourselves in Martinsville; and after tea at Bro. Tucker's, we hastened to the meeting-house, into which, with great difficulty, we forced our entrance through a well-packed crowd, standing in the avenues between the seats and around the doors. We found room to stand no where but in the pulpit.
After worship, we commenced a discourse, but so illy ventilated was the house that we felt, in such a crowd, more like fainting than spea king.
To increase our difficulties, the babies of Martinsville, as if all simultaneously inspired with one spirit of remonstrance, raised a song which no one could interpret, and which no eloquence or argument could allay. The unhappy mothers were at their wit's end: I remonstrated, for the first time in my life, against insant wailings, but in vain. Cried down, I sat down, and confessed myself fairly vanquished.
Meantime, I urged Bro. O. Kane-a speaker of great strength and command of voice, and of great mental vigor-and-point-to make an effort. He did so. And by the charming potency of his voice, and his fine intonations, he allured the innocent wailers into a sort of speculative silence. Wonder-struck, their remonstrance died away, and, on his motion, I resumed my subject.
But, alas! no sooner had I rallied and propounded my thesis, than they began to murmur; and finally, a grand climax of some fifteen parts was rending the air, and filling the vaulted roof, but, as the indulgent and aggrieved mothers could find no way of escape, by door or window, no one willing to give way, I confessed myself wholly vanquished, drew to a close, and dismissed the assembly. It was here that I became acquainted with Bro. Blankenship, a very successful preacher, of great stature, and strength of body and mind. From the great number of his converts, and his untiring energy, I should judge that he is one of the most mighty men of the evangelical core in that region. He is, indeed, indefatigable, zealous, ardent, and devoted to the great work of converting men.
Next day we proceeded to Bloomington, and were very cordially received by our excellent and amiable Bro. James M. Mather, Editor of the “ Christian Record," and his excellent lady. After a refreshment, we went to the spacious and tasteful hall of the University, and there met with a very large audience in solemn stillness, awaiting our arrival.
Bro. O. Kane, after apologizing for my hoarseness and fatigue, delivered an eloquent and forcible address to a very attentive and much interested auditory. I had the pleas