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BOOK OF PEACE:
A COLLECTION OF ESSAYS
WAR AND PEACE.
GEORGE C. BECKWITH, 601⁄2 CORNHILL.
PHILADELPHIA:-PERKINS AND PURVES.
NEW YORK-M. W. DODD.
14.-Waste of Property by War,
"33.-Insensibility to the Evils of War; by W. E. Channing, D. D., 269
" 44 The Battle-Field,
"43.-Solemn Appeal; by William Ladd,
"45.-Inefficacy of War; by Hon. William Jay,
THERE has been, since the time of the gifted Erasmus, a great deal of eloquent writing on Peace; and the following pages contain the best productions on the subject not only of past ages, but of our own. No theme has ever waked a purer or loftier inspiration; and on no topic in the whole range of morals, theology, or general literature, can there be found finer specimens of taste and eloquence. We have also culled from a wide as well as luxuriant field;— from the gardens of intellect and learning in both hemispheres, from some of the best writers in the last three centuries, from men of every faith, Protestant and Catholic, Orthodox and Unitarian, Episcopal, Baptist and Presbyterian. The subject is itself a sort of Delos, whither the best spirits of every party, creed and clime gather to blend in sweet and hallowed sympathy; and these pages exhibit a constellation of the peaceful pleiads pouring their mingled splendors on this common theme of religion, humanity and Christian patriotism.
We have studied the utmost brevity possible, and have sometimes condensed quite a volume into a short essay, without the omission of any essential argument, illustration or fact. Some of these tracts are of necessity selections, yet give both the sentiments and language of their respective authors. We have only condensed for the sake of greater brevity, economy and force. The work is truly multum in parvo, a thesaurus of information on peace,