Excerpt from Information for the People, or the Asylums of Ohio: With Miscellaneous Observations on Health, Diet, and Morals, and the Causes, Symptoms and Proper Treatment of Nervous Diseases and Insanity
However much Ohio may be deficient in edu cation and religious advantages, in one point of view she presents a noble and splendid aspect; an aspect not only of enlightened civilization, but of the highest benevolence. I speak of the high character of her Asylums. She has reared three of these evidences of her wisdom, and great phi lanthropy - one for the Insane, one for the Blind, and one for the Deaf and Dumb. These are the fruits of the existence and prevalence of Christianity. In this point of view, Ohio com pares favorably with any other State in the Union, or any nation in the world. The pure philanthro py, the active benevolence ofa man, is the mea sure of his soul, and the standard of his religion so of any nation or community. Ohio, amid all the agitations and mutations of parties, and in all the monetary revulsions which have occurred since this great work of State benevolence was commenced, has completed these institutions, and they are now in heavenly Operation, pouring their untold blessings on the bodies, and minds. And circumstances of the various classes of un fortunates who come within their respective spheres of Operation. Now should our children be visited, in the dispensations of Divine Provi dence. With deafness, or blindness, they are fur hished, by the philanthropy of a great State, every human facility for lessening or removing the cal amity. Should the mind - that which allies man.
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