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told, “ that, Corah was ambitious of the priest

hood; and offended that it was conferred on “ Aaron; and this, as he said, by the authority of “ Moses only, without the consent of the people. He " accused Moses of having, by various artifices, “ fraudulently obtained the government, and de• prived the people of their liberties; and of con

spiring with Aaron to perpetuate the tyranny “ in their family. Thus, though Corah's real " motive was the supplanting of Aaron, he per66 suaded the people that he meant only the pub“ lic good; and they, moved by his insinuations,

began to cry out,- Let us maintain the com" mon liberty of our respective tribes; we have 66 freed ourselves from the slavery imposed upon “ us by the Egyptians, and shall we suffer our“ felves to be made flaves by Moses? If we must " have a master, it were better to return to “ Pharaoh, whoat least fed us with bread and oni. “ ons, than to serve this new tyrant, who has

brought us into danger of famine.' Then they 66 called in question the reality of his conference “ with God; and objected to the privacy of the “ meetings, and the preventing any of the peo

ple from being present at the colloquies, or even approaching the place, as grounds of great

fufpicion. They accused Mofes also of peculation; as embezzling part of the golden spoons " and the silver chargers, that the princes had 6 offered at the dedication of the altar *, and the

offerings of gold by the common people t, as “ well as most of the poll tax f; and Aaron they “ accused of pocketing much of the gold of which “ he pretended to have made a molten calf. Be. “ fides peculation, they charged Mofes with an« bition ; to gratify which passion, he had, they “ faid, deeived the people, by promising to bring “ them to a land flowing with milk and honey; “ instead of doing which, he had brought them

* Numbers, chap: vii.
+ Exodus, chapter xxxv. ver. 22.
| Numbers, cisap. iii. and Exodus, chap. xxx.

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from such a land ; and that he thought light of “ all this mischief, provided he could

make him< self an absolute prince *. That, to support the

new dignity with splendour in his family, the

partial poll tax already levied and given to “ Aaron + was to be followed by a general one I 66 which would probably be augmented from " time to time, if he were suffered to go on pro“ mulgating new laws, on pretence of new occa“ fional revelations of the Divine Will, till their “ whole fortunes were devoured by that aristo


Mofes denied the charge of peculation; and his accusers were deftitute of proofs to support it; though facts, if real, are in their nature capable of proof. “ I have not,” said he (with holy confidence in the presence of God), “ I have not ta“ ken from this people the value of an ass, nor “s done them any other injury.” But his enemies had made the charge, and with some success among the populace; for no kind of accusation is so readily made, or easily believed, by knaves, as the accusation of knavery.

In fine, no less than two hundred and fifty of the principal men“ famous in the congregation, men of renowns," heading and exciting the mob, worked them up to such a pitch of phrensy, that

* Numbers, chap. xvi. ver. 13. “ Is it a small thing that " thou hast brought us up out of a land flowing with milk “ and honey, to kill us in this wilderness, except thou make " thyself altogether a prince over as?"

# Numbers. chap. iii.
I Exodus, chap. xxx.
s Numbers, chap. xvi.

they they called out, stone 'em, stone 'em, and thereby secure our liberties; and let us choose other captains that may lead us back into Egypt, in case we do not succeed in reducing the Canaanites. THE INTERNAL STATE OF AMERICA;

On the whole, it appears that the Israelites were a people jealous of their newly acquired liberty, which jealousy was in itself no fault; but that, when they suffered it to be worked upon by artful men, pretending public good, with nothing really in view but private interest, they were led to oppose the eftablishment of the new constitution, whereby they brought upon themselves much inconvenience and misfortune. It farther appears from the same inestimable hiftory, that when, after many ages, the constitution had become old and much abused, and an amendment of it was proposed, the populace as they had accused Moses of the ambition of making himself a prince, and cried out, stone him, stone him; fo, excited by their high-priests and scribes, they exclaimed against the Messiah, that he aimed at becoming king of the Jews, and cried, crucify him, crucify him. From all which we may gather, that popular opposition to a public measure is no proof of its impropriety, even though the opposition be excited and headed by men of disa tinction.

To conclude, I beg I may not be understood to infer, that our general convention was divinely inspired when it formed the new federal constitution, merely because that constitution has been unreasonably and vehemently opposed : yet, I must own, I have so much faith in the general government of the world by Providence, that I can hardly conceive a transaction of such momentous importance to the welfare of millions now existing, and to exist in the posterity of a


great nation, should be suffered to pass without being in some degree influenced, guided, and governed by that omnipotent, omniprefent and beneficent Ruler, in whom all inferia or spirits live, and move, and have their be. ing

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THERE is a tradition, that, in the planting of New-England, the first settlers met with many difficulties and hardships; as is generally the case when a civilized people attempt establishing themselves in a wilderness country. Being piously disposed, they fought relief from Heaven, by laying their wants and distreffes before the Lord, in frequent set days of fasting and prayer. Constant meditation and discourse on these fubjects kept their minds gloomy and discontented; and, like the children of Israel, there were many difposed to return to that Egypt which persecution had induced them to abandon. At length, when it was proposed in the affembly to proclaim another fast, a farmer of plain fenfe rose, and remarked, that the inconveniencies they suffered, and concerning which they had so often wearied Heaven with their complaints, were not so great as they might have expected, and were diminishing every day as the colony strengthened ; that the earth began to reward their labour, and to furnish liberally for their subsistence; that the feas and rivers were found full of fish, the air sweet, the climate healthy; and, above all, that they were there in the full enjoyment of liberty, civil and religious: he therefore thought, that reflecting and conversing on these subjects would be more comfortable, as tending more to make them contented with their situation; and that it


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