History and Proceedings of the Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association Volume 1

History and Proceedings of the Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association Volume 1

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1890 edition. Excerpt: ...all this about? It was all done according to law. Now to understand how these things came about in a land of boasted religious liberty, it is necessary to see what the laws of the State were at that time; and in order to find the germ we shall have to go back to the early settlement of Massachusetts. On the 23d of August, 1030, on board of the ship Arrabella, before they landed the "court of assistants" had a meeting, and the first question asked was "How shall the ministers he maintained?" It was ordered that houses should he huilt for them with all convenient speed at the public charge, and their salaries were estahlished, "At thepublic charge? Here is the germ of all the mischief that followed the union of church and State in New England. We honor these men for their regard for religion, for their care for their ministers, hut it was a sad mistake in them to say they should he supported at the public charge.. If Christianity will not stand on its own merits let it fall. If the people do not appreciate the services of their ministers sufficiently to support them without the coercive power of the State, let them do without ministers and take the consequences. By suhsequent acts this principle of supporting religion at the public-charge became a permanent law, compelling every citizen, whatever his religious belief, to support the ministry of the established church, and to pay all taxes which the dominant party might impose. In 1638 a law was passed that every inhabitant who would not voluntarily contribute his portion should be compelled thereto by assessment and distress, by the constable or other town officer. For ninety years this law was rigidly enforced against Baptists and other non-conformists. But in 1728...show more

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  • Paperback | 208 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 11mm | 381g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236962192
  • 9781236962195