Sunday, May 28, 2023

Congressman Horace Mann, January 5, 1850

WASHINGTON, Jan. 5, 1850.

I went last evening with Mr. ——— to hear Professor Johnson lecture. In walking home, we got into some discussion about the condition of the country, and the prospects of humanity in general. I found Mr. ——— apparently sceptical about any amelioration of the condition of mankind, or that there is, in truth, "a good time coming." When I spoke of sloughing off the vices of mankind, he replied, that if men were to obey the laws of God, as I had been indicating, the drain of vices would be stopped, and the race would soon become so numerous as to lead of itself to infinite distress. I said, if men once understood their duty, and the means of happiness, no man would have any more children than he could support, educate, and leave in an eligible condition behind him, any more than a judicious farmer would have more stock on his farm than he could support with profit to himself, and with humanity to them. I told him, further, that the bringing of a human being into this world, with a moral certainty of his being unhappy and miserable, I regarded as a far greater crime, in the abstract, than sending a human being out of it. Both seemed to be entirely new ideas to him.

SOURCE: Mary Tyler Peabody Mann, Life of Horace Mann, p. 284

No comments: