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The Clergy And Reform

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Under this head, A. A . Phelps has presen, i ted to the public, in the Free American, ! some statements showing that ministers are not as far behind the times as many people suppo8e. Ho assmes that there are in the United States 10,000,000 of people of suita., ble age to take part in measures )f reforo,, and 20,000 ministers, being one to 500 Í pie. If now in the temperance or anti-slavery reform, one minister haa espoused thej cause of reform to eve.ry 500 psople, the; two clussep, as classes are even with eadÉ other. If, however, two minsters have ew poused the cause tu every ñvc hundred peo. i pie, then the ministers are a hundred per : cent. ín ad vanea of the people, and so on, in that proportion. The wliole number of mÍDÍsters n the state of New York, Feb. 6, 1838, was 2261, ot whom 1952 or eight ninths of the whole were tee-lotal abstinents. The people were certainly behind at this this time.' for eight I ninths of' them tvere nol tee-total abstinente. In 1826, a lar ge majorily of the Synod of Ohio, voted that the holding of slaves is manstealing. Ir 18d3, a lar ge majority of the clergy of Boston signed petitions to Cois[ress for the nbolition ofslavery in the District of Co. lumbia. Out of 1668 delegates who attended I ferent anti-slavery conventions and meeting from 132 to 1637, 335 orne fifth part were I ministers. Of 56 agents, employed by the American Anti-Slavery society, prior to 1837 43 were ministers.