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way as directly as by a weapon, by the empirical sale of noftrums and quack medicines, which ignorance and avarice blend. --The loud tongue of ignorance impudently promises much,--and the ear of the fick is open.-And as many of these pretenders deal in edge tools, too many, I fear, perish with the misapplication of them.
So great are the difficulties of tracing out the hidden causes of the evils to which this frame of ours is subject,—that the most candid of the profeffion have ever allowed and lamented how unavoidably they are in the dark. So that the best medicines, administered with the wiseft heads,—thall often do the mischief they were intended to prevent. These are misfortunes to which we are subject in this state of darkness ;--but when men without skill,—without education,—without knowlege either of the distemper, or even of what they sell,-make merchandize of the miserable, and from a dishonest principle-trifle with the pains of the unfortunate,—too often with their lives,--and from the mere motive of a difhonest gain,-every such instance of a person bereft of life by the hand of ignorance, can be considered in no other light than a branch of the same root. It is murder in the true sense; —which, though not cognizable by our laws, -- by the laws of right, every man's own mind and conscience, must appear equally black and detestable.
In doing what is wrong,-we stand chargeable with all the bad consequences which arise from the action, whether foreseen' or not.And as the principal view of the empiric in those cases is not what he always pretends,the good of the public,—but the good of himself,—it makes the action what it is.
Under this head it may not be improper to comprehend all adulterations of medicines, wilfully made worse through avarice. If a life is lost by such wilful adulteration,—and it may be affirmed, that in many critical turns of an acute distemper, there is but a single cast left for the patient,—the trial and chance of a single drug in his behalf;--and if that has wilfully been adulterated and wilfully despoiled of its belt virtues,—what will the vender answer?
May God grant we may all answer well for ourselves, that we may be finally happy. Amen.
Matthew xi. 6. Blessed is he, that shall not be offended in me.
THE general prejudices of the Jewish na
1 tion concerning the royal state andocondition of the Saviour, who was to come into the world, was a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, to the greatest part of that unhappy and prepossessed people, when the promise was actually fulfilled.-Whether it was altogether the traditions of their fathers,—or that the rapturous expressions of the prophets, which represented the Messiah's spiritual kingdom in such extent of power and dominion, milled them into it;-or that their own car. nal expectations turned wilful interpreters upon them, inclining them to look for nothing but the wealth and worldly grandeur which were to be acquired under their deliverer ;whether these,—or that the system of temporal blessings helped to cherish them in this gross