OUTLINES OF A SPEECH FOR THE NORMANBY "FREE GIFT" ANNIVERSARY, 1851
"The present position and favourable condition of
the club calls forth gratitude. We ought to recognise the kind hand of an
over-ruling Providence. The manner your anniversary is celebrated is worthy
of all praise. The sermon at its commencement is very appropriate, and is
calculated to throw an air of seriousness over its festivities, while it
comports with those more serious reflections which the business of the day
must to some extent produce.
characteristics of the association.
“2nd: The noble object it contemplates.
“3rd: The legitimate means it employs for the
carrying out of its object.
"It is characterised by fraternity and unity. We
recognize in all confederacies of this kind an important element of the great
principle of 'universal brotherhood.' It is based on the principles of
true philanthropy. It rises far above the sordid views of selfishness, merges
all shades and hues of political opinions in the ennobling, lofty and
heaven-born spirit of, love. You contemplate not self interests and
aggrandisement, but seek to furnish means for your families and friends to
discharge their duty to you in the hour of affliction and death; and not only
this, but you contribute to this fund also for the relief of those who may not
be sharing with you the blessings of health. True, the benefits are mutual;
and here we perceive the result of unity of effort,-a principle without which
nothing great and noble could be effected. This is
the basis of all those institutions which are recognised by every reflecting
mind as the glory and bulwark of Britain,-institutions which contemplate the
amelioration of the spiritual as well as temporal evils of mankind. What has
raised Britain to such an elevated position in the scale of nations but unity?
'A kingdom divided against itself cannot stand.'
What has made her the almoner of God's bounty, the instrument in His hand of
disseminating His truth to all the nations of the earth, but unity of design
and effort. The great principle of unity which his
given her civil and political pre-eminence in the nations of the earth has
also given to her moral and religious supremacy in the world.
We have an example of what unity of effort can do in
the vast accumulation of the world's talent as exhibited in yonder Crystal
Palace in Hyde Park, London. Yesterday was the great day of inauguration,-the
great event, the great day for London.
To-day is the great day for
It is true we are not met to examine the mightiest
productions of art and science which the united effort of the world can
congregate together. Yet we recognise in the doings of this day an element of
the great principle which the promoters of the 'World's Fair' are seeking to
establish. They tell us their object is to procure amicable feelings in
nations, to propagate a spirit of peace and universal
"That there should be inequality in our
circumstances· and positions in society is what is necessary to the
construction of society so as our present blessing may be procured. The great
Giver of good never intended that all should be on an
equality. There is not, nor cannot be,
equality of talent, of ability, of views. N one of the faculties of the mind
can be pressed into one common mould. There cannot be one mould for the
understanding of all, one for the judgment of all, one for memory of all, for
will of all, for conscience of all."
Joseph Smith's speech 1863
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