The warning implied in the moral of the fable above1 was a favorite one of many writers in the early days of the Republic. The Reverend John Abbot was realistic enough to warn boys (schools at the time were only for boys) how much the moral life demanded of them. He wrote:

"You will often find that which is wrong, to be popular, and but few, and they perhaps reviled and persecuted, advocating that which is right.... The mass of men are corrupt and take the easy way or they are too meek."2

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