Excerpt from Principles and Prospects of the Friends of Peace: A Discourse Pronounced Before the Hartford County Peace Society, December 25, 1833
Now who could have been found thirty or forty years ago in Paris, to give utterance to such sentiments in a course of public lectures on philos - splay? Who would have come to hear them? Or if an audience could have been gathered, would not such views have been received with hissing and execration'} Yet these lectures, in 1828 and 1829, were attended by more than three thousand auditors composing the very elite of Paris Society. They were heard with unbounded delight and applause; and so eager was the public curiosity, that abstracts of them were daily published in the papers, the lectures were taken down in short hand at their delivery, corrected by the author, published weekly, and propagated to every part of France. Thesis facts certainly indicate that a great change has taken place in French thinking. If the reader will consult the writings of B. Constant, Boyer, Collard Jouﬂ'my, Laramigw'ere, and many others, that might be named, who enjoy a brilliant reputation, he will find them pervaded by a similar spirit. Unquestionably there is still a great amount of materialism and infidelity in France, especially among certain physicians and naturalists. But infidelity and mate rialism have lost altogether the predominance they formerly had. They do not occupy the high places as before. The current is in the other die rection. This appears even in the tone adopted by the adyocates of mm terialism. Broussais, a distinguished physician and physiologist, and I believe the only eminent writer who has lately appeared on the side of mm the preface to his work, de l'irritatt'on et de la Folie, (paris feels himself compelled to protest against the unpopularity of the Sensual philosophy, and complains that the advocates of materialism cannot now obtain a fair hearing. In short, from every quarter.
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