A new kind of Sabbath Preaching. We had heard of Cochran's impieties, of the ab-surdities and mockeries of the Mormons, of the wildest notions and practices of the wildest enthusi-asts of ages past and present; but in our strangest night dreams—in the idlest vagaries of imagination we had never figured to ourselves the shameful pro-ceedings of a new religious sect which has lately sprung up in this city, on the last sabbath. On Saturday evening we were informed that broth-er Upton of the Whig and Courier had received some very important Antimasonic circulars. We, however, allayed our curiosity, concluding that they would come to light on Monday, not dreaming that they were intended for a Sabbath day's sermon. What then was our surprise on returning from the house of worship Sabbath afternoon to find these political cir-culars paraded at every corner of the streets, headed—"To ALL WHIG ANTIMASONS." The dignified course we have marked out to ourselves will not per-mit us to speak of these proceedings in such terms as they richly deserve. We will not bemire ourselves for the sake of exposing the filthy reptiles who are crawling at the bottom of this loathsome business. But we can assure the circulators of these ridicu-lous papers, that those must be Whig Antimasons with a much deeper infusion of the former than of the latter, if they are to be taken by such a decoy at such a time. "Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy," is an injunction of the religion of Antimasons,—an injunction too sacred to be violated for the pur-pose of becoming political prostitutes for the lustful and rapacious demagogues of the whig or any other party. We despise such profligacy, and those who expect to draw the Antimasons from their party by such means will find themselves greatly mistaken. These handbills contained the correspondence we this day publish between certain citizens of Hallow-ell and Peleg Sprague, with a letter signed by those gentleman, expressive of their satisfaction with Mr. Sprague's letter, and exhorting Antimasons to unite with them in his support, another from Henry Sewall of Augusta of a like tenor, concurred in by Thomas Rice of Winslow. We are heartily glad that the real mover's of these circulars have with the poison furnished the antidote. There can be nothing better calculated to counteract the doctrines of the sermon, than Mr. Sprague's let-ter. Any one professing to be an Antimason, who considers that letter satisfactory, had better keep si-lent on that subject forever; for he may be assured he flatters himself with the idea of possessing a nobleness of soul foreign to his very nature. It is not in our hearts to be severe upon such of those gentleman as have been gulled into a course the remembrance of which will embitter some of the few remaining hours of their pious lives. Three of those whose names are on that circular have reached that period in human life, which is ill-fitted to resist the machinations of political demagogues, who, like roaring lions, are going about seeking whom they may devour. With words of flattery and falsehood, beardless young men approach hoary headed veterans of times gone by, and presume to be their teachers: and dictate with such assurance that even conscious integrity is shaken in its determinations. What is to be the fate of our republic if mere hoys are to usurp the reins of government, and teach their venerable grandsires to betray themselves into folly, by being made mere cat’s paws for reckless ambition? We doubt not the honesty of these venerable fathers; but it is not these that speak—others have spoken for them. The managers of a party in this State, in their ambition to bear rule, leave unattempted no means, however debasing, that may give them success. But they may be assured they are defeating their own pur-poses. Antimasons are not to be attracted by measures repulsive to every moral feeling of the human heart. A burst of noble indignation will be heard at the polls on Monday next, which will convince the whigs that there is a little honesty yet among the free-men of Maine. We have not yet forgotten a like proceeding which took place just before the presiden-tial election in 18-32. We afterwards learnt the prime movers of that affair. Most of the real Antimasons, whose names were on that circular have since assur-ed us that they should never again be caught in a like snare; and it gives us pleasure that so few anti-masons have been deceived to put their names to this circular. Two, at least, whose names are attached to it, have never acted with us, so that it appears that four Antimasons in this State, two of whom are ris-ing of fourscore years of age, have been drawn aside from their party. A noble triumph indeed? Let it be blazoned from Maine to Louisiana! Yes, by ap-peals to interest, affection, vanity, and by deceiving the aged, an unprincipled junto has succeeded in drawing away four Antimasons from their party. We can assure the whigs that for the four they have thus obtained, we shall receive ten times that number from their own party, who are too honest to endorse such reckless proceedings. The 8th of September will show whether the An-timasons of this State will tamely submit to the gra-tuitous dictation of a few individuals, who have the servility to be made the tools of party managers, who have always, except just before election time, mani-fested the most bitter hostility to the friends of equal rights. Since the above was in type we have learned that two Whig runners laden with the document above al-luded to, have been in this city, and made attempts to obtain the signatures of some of our Antimasons to it; but without success. We deem it our duty to caution the Antimasons to beware of these fellows. They will probably visit the principal Antimasons in this county, and by falsehood and flattery endeavor to get their names to a document that will redound to the shame and disgrace of all who sign it. Antimasons, look out for these worthless imposters! They are employed by the craft!
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