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169 ILL EFFECTS OF THE LATE SECESSION. AMONG the evils to which the late se- cession has contributed, those we are about to mention are of no light nature. It has been the means of exciting a sort of spiritual vanity, of awakening a desire of departing from received opinions, in certain young persons, who may be designated by the name of premature instructors. It has increased the alien- ation of the lower orders from the church ; it has afforded to some who are not favourable to serious piety, a pre- tence for indiscriminately classing toge- ther men of different views, characters, and principles. Among the more re- spectable, it has stirred up a spirit of