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Jury, inviting them, or some of them, to dinner and so on. Nothing can be conceived-more disgraceful than a garrulous judge: his office and duty requires the utmost reserve, and he should sit on the bench as if he was ignorant of every thing that was passing out of doors. Officially, he should know nothing beyond the walls of the court in which he sits, as above all others, the office of judge is an office where silence indicates dignity and imposes respect. The political dispositions of our present judges, and the adulatory remarks that pass between them and certain persons at the bar, with the garrullity so prevalent in all the courts, must be painful to every reflecting mind, and affords a strong presumption that corruption has extended her baneful influence where, aboye all other places, there should be a manly independence, free from the slightest taint of servility, aud an exception from all earthly controul. A judge whilst in a court of law or justice, should not open his mouth, but to enforce a regularity of proceeding, to expound the law, or to pass its sentence on offenders. He is the representative of the law whilst sitting on the bench, and should regulate himself as a machine, and not display all the foibles common to man in society. But to come more closely with Judge Bailey, we would first observe, that his observation to the Editor of this publication previous to passing sentence, was as hypocritical as it was false: “ that had he the Editor directed the purchasers of his Deislical publications to their antidote at the same time, such as the writings of Lord Littleton, Soame Jenyns, and the Bishop Watson of Landafl, it would have been an extenuation of his conduct. The Editor cannot think but that it was known to Mr. Justice Bailey that he had published a cheap edition of Bishop Watson's reply to Paine, and that he was at all times ready to give facility to the distributors of all kinds of religious tracts, by giving them the liberty to stand behind his counter, and supply gratuitously all his customers. This was as notorious in London as the present persecution of the Queen. · Mr. Justice Bailey took care to make this paltry excuse for the severity of his sentence, when he knew there was no opportunity of contradicting it.
His conduct at York, on the trial of Messrs. Hunt and others, evinced a gross partiality, and an endeavour to conceal the merits of the case the better to ensure a verdict. His seniencing Knight and others for altending a meeting at Habergam Eves to two years imprisonment, and Mr. Hunt for attending that at Manchester to thirty months imprisonment,
forms a proof that he is as willing to be led by the nose by the present ministers, as any man in the profession of the law.
His late address to the men who pleaded guilty to the charge of High Treason, because their employers had no voluntary evidence to bring against them, and thus were glad to get out of the business by promising safety to the prisoners, was as presumptuous as it was false and delusive. God of Nature! to say that thou decreed poverty, misery and starvation to man, the better to draw his attention towards thee, was as blasphemous as it was infamous, and in my opinion, delivered as a deluding and deliberate falsehood, knowingly and with intent. Mộ. Justice Bailey is one of those fanatics that is alarmed for his religion or favourite idolatry, and begins to fear and tremble when he sees it exposed to the test of reason. He is conscious that the Goddess Reason will triumph over his idols, and then he will have written his commentary on the book of Common Prayer in vain. He fears a just exposure before he is prepared to leave his post, and writhes under the idea that he is the detected advocate of delusion, error, and falsehood.
TO THE EDITOR OF THE REPUBLICAN.
“ Who dares think one thing and another tell,
“ Who was the meekest man ? Moses !!!!! My dear Sir,
Upon a perusal of the gross impostures of the Jewish lawgiver, an enprejudiced person would, I should imagine, vaturally conclude that the answer to the above question, was intended as the severest satire, the bittcrest sarcasın, that could possibly be passed upon such a mau! He could not, for a moment, believe that it was a question seriously put, in order that it might as seriously receive the above affirmative reply. Who was the meekest man? Moses, say Jews and Christians. So, perhaps, was Mahoined in the seraglio ; and I question whether, upon the whole, he had not a much better claiin to such a character than his brother impostor, Moses. And yet, what do Christians represent him? Every thing that is vile, brutal, and infamous. And why? Because, say they, and very justly too, he established his religion in blood and desolation !- blaspheming the Most High, by representing himself as commissioned by him, to reveal liis wili to man, by such horrid and abominable means. But how did Moses establish the stupid and ridiculous religion of the Jews ? Was it not by the same cruel and unjustifiable means ? Did he not practice the most savage deeds, in the propagating of his
doctrines-deeds, upon the bare mention of which, the soul shriuks
“ The priest, who plagues the world, can never mend;
“ All force but this is impious, weak, and vain."
Strange and unnatural, indeed, must have been the disposition of
the Jewish people to be convinced of the omnipotence of their deity, only by a display of powers which were equally possessed by his creatures of bis justice, by the fostering of them to the exclusion of the rest of mankind of his love and mercy, by his forbearance towards themselves, and his cruelties toward others of his forgiveness, by requiring an adequate compensation or satisfaction for their transgressions; and of his immutability, by the frequent withdrawing of his love, and his still more frequent declarations of repentance and remorse, that he had ever selected them from among other nations, as the people of his peculiar love and favour
Who was the meekest man? Moses, say the priests; and had the question been who was the meekest amongst priests? we might, perhaps, have hesitated before we questioned the correctness of the reply ; especially, when recent events, as well as those that have transpired in the darker ages of the world, have tended to contirm us in the belief that none are so cruel, oppressive, vindictive, and unrelenting, as prophets and priests, whenever a fair opportunity is afforded them of manifesting their real dispositions.
Who was the meekest of men ? Moses, reiterate the priests, and those who have no eyes, no ears, no understandings, no opinions independent of these men, of which there are an immense multitude, readily believe them. But wliat do priests really think of this man? Any thing but what they represent him; and no doubt amongst themselves, Moses is a nick-name for the devil, or every thing that is pestiferous. Thus, when speaking to each other of any particular scoundrel, impostor, robber, plunderer, murderer, assassin, or instigalor to the vilest and most abominable crimes, they say, a more inhuman monster never existed; unless, indeed, it were Moses. And surely, if to kill a man, merely for striking another, be murder ;t if to eucourage an individual or people to borrow what they never intended to return, be robberyt--if to instigate men to the destruction of their
* Instance the miracles of Aaron's rod becoming a serpent; of the walers throughout Egypt being turned into blood ; of the frogs; of the lice; of the flies, and otber miserable miraculous interventions of the Jewish deity; all of which, it is said, the Egyptian magicians could as readily perform ; except in the solitary and dirty instance of the lice.
+ Exodus, c. II. And it came to pass in those days, when Moses was grown, that he went out unto his brethren, and looked on their burdens ; and he spied an Egyptian smiting' an Hebrew, one of his brethren. And he looked this way and that way, and when he saw that there was no man, he slew the Egyptian, and hid him in the sand. And when he went out the second day, bebold, two men of the Hebrews strove together; and he said to him that did the wrong, wherefore smitest thou thy fellow? And he said, who made thee a prince and a judge over us? intendest thou to kill me, as thou killest the Egyptian ? And Moses feared and said, surely this thing is known,
Exodus, c. XI. XII. And the Lord said unto Moses, yet will I bring one plaguc more upon Pharoah, and upon Egypt; afterwards he will let you go bcnce: whicu be shall let you go, he shall surely thrust you out
nearest and dearest relatives and friends only for difference of opinion, be the most ivhuman persecution * if to invade the country of an unoffending people for no other cause than that of plunder, and to order the indiscriminate slaughter of men, women, and children, be the most blood-thirsty violencet-if to be irritated at the conduct of men, for performing the most common act of humanity, in their attentions to the softer sex, whose protectors they had massacred, indicate the most brutal insensibility and if the ordering of such of those women, who had known man by lying with kim, to be put to death, under the pretext, that they had se
hence altogether. Speak now in the ears of the people, and let every man borrow of his neighbour, and every woman of her neighbour, jewels of silver and jewels of gold. And the children of Israel did according to the word of Moses ; and they borrowed of the Egyptians jewels of silver and jewels of gold, and raimeut. And the Lord gave thein favour in the sight of the Egyptians ; so that they lent unto them such things as they required : and they spoiled the Egyptiane.
* Deuteronomy, c. XIII. If thy brother, the son of thy mother, or thy son, or thy daughter, or the wife of thy bosom, or thy friend who is as thine owo soul, entice thee secretly, saying, let us go and serve other gods, which thou hast oot koown, thoui, nor thy fathers, Thou shalt not consent unto him, nor hearken unto him ; neither shall thine eye pily bim, neither shalt thou spare, neither shalt thou conceal bim; but thou shalt surely kill him: thine hand shall be first upon him to put him to death, and afterwards the hand of all the people. And thou shalt stone him with stones, that he die ; because he hath sought to thrust thee away from the Lord thy God, who brought thee out of the land of Egypt from the house of bondage.
+ Deuteronomy, c. II. And the Lord said unto me, (Moses) behold, I have begun to give Sihon and his fand before thee: begin to possess that thou inasest inherit his land. Then Sihon came out, he and all his people, to fight at Jalaz. And the Lord our God delivered him before us, and we smote him, and his sons, and all his people. And we took all his cities at that time, and utterly destroyed the men, and the women and the little ones of every city; we left none to remain : only the cattle we took for a prey unto ourselves, and the spoil of the cities which we look.
# Numbers, c. XXXI. And the children of Israel took all the women of Midian captives, and their little ones, and took the spoil of all their cattle, and all their flocks, and all their goods. And they burnt all the cities wherein they dwelt, and all their goodly castles, with fire. And they touk all the spoil and all the prey, bolh of inen and of beasts. And they brought the captives and the prey, both of men and of beasts and the spoil unto Moses and Eleazar the priest, and unto the congregation of the children of Israel, uoto the camp at the plains of Moab, wbich are by Jordan ucar Jericho. And Moses and Eleazar the priest, and all the princes of the congregation, weut forth to meet them without the camp. And Moses was woroth with the officers of the host, with the captains over thorne sands, and captains over hundreds, which came from the battle. And Moses said unto them, have ye saved all the women alive?