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Are invited to assemble at the Wooster-street Military Hall, on
Thursday evening next, 16th Sept., at eight o’clock, to select by
Ballot, from among the persons proposed on the 6th Instant,
Candidates for Governor, Lieutenant-Governor, Senator, and a New
Committee of Fifty, and to propose Candidates for Register, for
Members of Congress, and for Assembly.

By order of the Committee of Fifty.

JOHN R. SOPER, Chairman.  JOHN TUTHILL, Secretary.

So far for the “Workies;” and now for Miss Wright.  If I understand this lady’s principles correctly, they are strictly Epicurean.  She contends, that mankind have nothing whatever to do with any but this tangible world;—­that the sole and only legitimate pursuit of man, is terrestrial happiness;—­that looking forward to an ideal state of existence, diverts his attention from the pleasures of this life—­destroys all real sympathy towards his fellow-creatures, and renders him callous to their sufferings.  However different the theories of other systems may be, she contends that the practice of the world, in all ages and generations, shews that this is the effect of their inculcation.  These are alarming doctrines; and when this lady made her debut in public, the journals contended that their absurdity was too gross to be of any injury to society, and that in a few months, if she continued lecturing, it would be to empty benches.

The editor of “The New York Courier and Enquirer” and she have been in constant enmity, and have never failed denouncing each other when opportunity offered.  Miss Wright sailed from New York for France, where she still remains, in the month of July, 1830; and previous to her departure delivered an address, on which “the New York Enquirer” makes the following observations:—­

“The parting address of Miss Wright at the Bowery Theatre, on Wednesday evening, was a singular melange of politics and impiety—­eloquence and irreligion—­bold invective, and electioneering slang.  The theatre was very much crowded, probably three thousand persons being present; and what was the most surprising circumstance of the whole, is the fact, that about one half of the audience were females—­respectable females.

“When Fanny first made her appearance in this city as a lecturer on the ‘new order of things,’ she was very little visited by respectable females.  At her first lecture in the Park Theatre, about half a dozen appeared; but these soon left the house.  From that period till the present, we had not heard her speak in public; but her doctrines, and opinions, and philosophy, appear to have made much greater progress in the city than we ever dreamt of.  Her fervid eloquence—­her fine action—­her soprano-toned voice—­her bold and daring attacks upon all the present systems of society—­and particularly upon priests, politicians, bankers, and aristocrats as she calls them, have raised a party around her of considerable magnitude, and of much fervour and enthusiasm.”

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