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Elpis Israel
by Dr. John Thomas

All sorts of anti-government factions colleague with the Quakers in their cry of peace; not because they love peace for its own sake; but by curtailing the resources of the state, and so necessitating the reduction of armies, they think they can the more easily supersede the existing tyrannies by a still worse one of their own, as it would doubtless prove.

This unhallowed coalition proclaims its outcry to be "the world's cry".

We accept it as such.

It is the cry of the world, which echoes in tones of thunder in the ears of the true believers.

It is a cry, in the providence of God, which is a great "sign of the times"; announcing that "the Lord standeth at the door and knocks," and is about quickly and unexpectedly to appear.

It is the world's cry, as the cry of a woman in travail, which has been extorted by sudden and tormenting pains.

It blows a trumpet in the wise and understanding ear, sounding the approach of "the day of the Lord as a thief in the night"; for "so it cometh; and when they shall say, peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape".

Such is the divine mission of the Quakers, and their allies the Cobdenite Reformers.

Not satisfied with crying peace, they cry "safety" likewise.

This is a peculiar feature of Cobdenism, which urges the disbandment of regiments, and the dismantling of ships, on the perverse presumption that danger there is none!

Blind leaders of the blind!

The groans of nations ascending to heaven on every side; the kindling embers of war smoking in Rome, Vienna, and Constantinople -- and yet ye cry "Peace and safety"; surely ye are incorrigibly demented, and ripe for capture and destruction.