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iii the great vortex of excitement. How necessary, then, that the sacred-ness of the Sabbath should be observed, and kept free for quiet thought and repose, and attendance upon those means of grace with which we are so abundantly supplied in this favoured land; and it is to those who thus employ the leisure of this sacred day that we must look for support in upholding their right to its quiet enjoyment, free from the turmoil and bustle which an attendance at the Crystal Palace, and such like scenes, would superinduce. Surely the restraining parties from the commission of such a wrong cannot fairly be construed into the desire, as your correspondent has expressed it, of making men religious by Act of Parliament, as we only ask for ourselves not to be disturbed in what we consider more in accordance with the mind and will of God. Do we find from amongst the numerous cases of drunkenness which are brought before our Magistrates for disturbing the peace of the town, and shocking the decencies and proprieties of life, any qf that class who are accustomed to attend to the religious obligations of the Sabbath; or, rather, do we not frequently trace the cause of drunkenness to the neglect of this ordinance F
It has been my own conviction for many years that the desecration of the Sabbath, by railway travelling and other modes of dissipation, is bringing forth its natural fruits in the demoralization of a large portion of our countrymen. I dp not know that I can close this letter better than by transcribing the concluding words of one of the Essayists, who says, "As we value our temporal and eternal happiness—as we would secure the best interests of those who are near and dear to us—-as we love our country, and would wish to transmit to posterity the institutions that have made her great—let us regard the Sabbath as the sacred repository of our privileges, and inscribed with holiness to the Lord. Let us cherish it as life, guard it as our own birthright, and bequeath it to our children as an inalienable inheritance."
I am, Sir, your obedient Servant, Southampton, August 4th, 1853. EDWABD PALE.
But for the "word or two in reply" to my letter, by your Manchester correspondent, I could not have ventured to have again troubled you upon the question of the Observance of the Sabbath ; but I am sure you will allow me a small space in your paper to show that, if the Crystal Palace be allowed to be open for Sunday inspection, your correspondent's own position cannot be carried out. He start? his answer to my former letter by saying, " the whole case seems to be this—Has every man a right to act upon his own judgment of the nature of the institution of the Sabbath F" Now, Sir, is it not apparent to everybody who has taken the trouble to go into this question, if that be your correspondent's whole case, how impossible it will be for every man to exercise that right, unless the poor have some security that their services shall not be use of against their will on that holy day.
Listen to what is said by the Deputation of Working Men, in their Address on the occasion of their waiting on Lord Palmerston, on this subject:—"Is it not manifestly unjust for one portion of the working classes, in order that they may take their pleasure, to call upon another portion to do what they wordd most loudly protest against doing— namely to labour seven days instead of six.? If the Sabbath is the
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