Saturday, January 18, 2014

Advice for Political Parties: "Party Contentions" - January 1814



               It were well, if, instead of the bitterness and contumely of party contentions, men would learn to cultivate the end available and endearing ties of good friendship _ to permit party poison to pollute the sacred fountain of fellowship, and extend its baleful breath into the sweetest comforts of society, is robbing life of half its fleeting joys. Is the path of life so carpeted with bliss, that we need press causes of discontent into its transitory period? To soften that as severity which a difference in political opinions sometimes produces in the heart, should be the study of every man, whatever his sentiments, whatever his situation.

               The world is but one wide family, upon which the common parents look with an eye of equal protection and impartiality! How absurd, then, too – the draught of life with the nauseous dregs of jealousy, malice and contention! Let Minton consider their fellow men, like themselves, fallible; and not attribute to depravity of heart that which simply construed is but an error of judgment. Let them leave personal invective for manly argument; and endeavor to convince, rather than to irritate. Next reason prescribed bounds to enthusiasm, and their difference of opinion will cease to excite that degrading spirit of intolerance, so disgraceful to the dignity and benevolence of nature.[1]


[1] Republican Star or Eastern Shore General Advertiser; Date: 01-18-1814; Volume: 12; Issue: 20; Page: [3]; Location: Easton, Maryland.

Transcribed by John Peter Thompson January 18th, 2014.

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