REASONS FOR THANKSGIVING.
mighty problem, and our part is to stand still and see
his salvation. The poor creatures, even when called free,
may be robbed, kn< icked doAvn by bludgeons, hung upon
lamp posts, and consumed by fire, but as sure as there is
justice in heaven, these savage cruelties will hasten on
the arrival of a brighter day
Such are some of the ideas impressed upon hundreds
and thousands of minds by the progress of the war, and
who will say they are not likely to remain 1 It is im¬
possible to tell what a day, much less, what a month, or
a year may bring forth, but thus much is certain, it will
be hard to recede, or fall again into practical indifference
as to these grand fundamental principles which must
affect the welfare of this nation through all future time.
Points have been secured, eminences occupied, vantage
ground gained, from which things Avill be looked upon
in new lights, and seen under iicav and better aspects.
No change of administration, no fresh combination of
parties, no curious freak of political horoscoping, Avill be
likely to turn back the nation's sun-dial, for either fifteen
or five years.
3. Positive victories, which Ave hope will tend to restore
the blessings of peace to our distracted country, have been
This is the end which every good and true man must
desire, and the attainment of it, upon any just and proper
basis, would fill the land Avith a universal outburst of
thanksgiving. Not only are our leading statesmen la¬
boring to secure an object on every account so important,