Side Glimpses

Side Glimpses

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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. 1894 edition. Excerpt: ... the churches of Old England a Poor Men's Box was set up, on which was engraved the appeal: "Remember the poor, and God will bless thee and thy store." It is written in the churchwarden's accounts of St. Mary's, Reading, of the year 1627: "Payde to Iohn Gripp the Joiner for making the poore mans box and the bannesters to it 8 shillings." This box was not seen in the colonial meeting-house. People who sat on its hard benches heard but little of that sympathetic preaching which impels men and women "To scorn the sordid world." There was a Society, on whose behalf sermons were preached, " For Propagating Christian Knowledge to carry the Gospel to the Aboriginal Natives on the Borders of New England;" but there were no temperance societies; no missionary societies sending teachers of the gospel into foreign lands. Colonial preachers had an aptitude for riding hobby-horses. Mr. Davenport, at New Haven, preached that men must take off their hats and stand up at the announcement of the text. Mr. Williams, at Salem, preached that women must wear veils during the exercises of public worship. Mr. Cotton, at Boston, preached that women ought to be ashamed to wear veils in the meeting-house; that married women had no pretense to wear them as virgins, and that neither married nor unmarried women would choose to wear them by the example of Tamar the harlot; nor need they wear veils for such purpose as did Ruth in her widowhood. In the year 1684, Increase Mather preached at Boston that "Gynecandrical Dancing or that which is commonly called Mixt or Promiscuous Dancing of Men and Women, be they elder or younger persons together, cannot be tolerated in such a place as New England without great Sin." more

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  • Paperback | 50 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 109g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236975529
  • 9781236975522