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LATTER-DAY PAMPHLETS.
by Thomas Carlyle
But as yet struggles the twelfth hour of the Night. Birds
of darkness are on the wing; spectres uproar; the dead walk;
the living dream. Thou, Eternal Providence, wilt make the
Day dawn!--JEAN PAUL.
Then said his Lordship, "Well. God mend all!"--"Nay, by
God, Donald, we must help him to mend it!" said the other.--
RUSHWORTH (_Sir David Ramsay and Lord Rea, in 1630_).
CONTENTS.
I. THE PRESENT TIME
II. MODEL PRISONS
III. DOWNING STREET
IV. THE NEW DOWNING STREET
V. STUMP-ORATOR
NO. I. THE PRESENT TIME. [February 1, 1850.]
The Present Time, youngest-born of Eternity, child and heir of all the
Past Times with their good and evil, and parent of all the Future, is
ever a "New Era" to the thinking man; and comes with new questions and
significance, however commonplace it look: to know _it_, and what it
bids us do, is ever the sum of knowledge for all of us. This new Day,
sent us out of Heaven, this also has its heavenly omens;--amid the
bustling trivialities and loud empty noises, its silent monitions, which
if we cannot read and obey, it will not be well with us! No;--nor is
there any sin more fearfully avenged on men and Nations than that same,
which indeed includes and presupposes all manner of sins: the sin which
our old pious fathers called "judicial blindness;"--which we, with our
light habits, may still call misinterpretation of the Time that now
is; disloyalty to its real meanings and monitions, stupid disregard of


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