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(1924) [MARC] Author: Fredrika Bremer
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True it is that the young preacher of condemnation
dealt so much with abstract ideas and barren
phraseology, that none of his descriptions of sin
seemed to touch the heads of the people who sat
on the benches. But I have heard other preachers
besides this one who preach to an audience which
evidently is not within the church.

June 18. I have to-day been present at a
sitting of the great Convention in the Capitol, which
has met there for the reconstruction, or rather
extension, of the State Constitution. I had on this
occasion the pleasure of seeing many well-formed
heads and foreheads and manly, vigorous forms
among the one hundred and thirty legislators here
assembled, and shook the friendly hands of divers
of them. But a bill regarding general education
was ordered to be laid on the table for some
future time, without exciting much attention. The
assembly occupied itself principally with the questions
regarding an increase of judges in the country
in accordance with the increased population.
The purport of this Convention was similar
to that in Ohio, and was designed to place greater
power than formerly in the hands of the people,
by giving them a participation in the election of
judges and other state officials, which formerly
lay more immediately in the hands of the

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