A Sermon on Lotteries by Henry Francis Adams. Pastor of the First Baptist Church, Yarmouth, N. S. [caption title]. Canada, Henry Francis Adams, Lotteries.

A Sermon on Lotteries by Henry Francis Adams. Pastor of the First Baptist Church, Yarmouth, N. S. [caption title].

[Yarmouth, Nova Scotia: n. p., 1889?]. First edition. Unbound pamphlet, 8.13 x 5.75 inches, [4] pages. Some light toning and wear; in very good condition. Item #17905

An uncommon stinging attack from the shores of the Bay of Fundy on “this raffling abomination.” The Baptist pastor Adams notes that while his attack on lotteries and raffles “was suggested by the Roman Catholic Lottery, advertised for Nov. 9th,” he does not intend to make his sermon a personal doctrinal attack—after which of course he proceeds to unleash broadside after thundering broadside both legal and religious against the practice of raffles (with reference not only to the Decalogue but to commercial statistics in the United States for 1889, as well as Canadian laws passed in 1884 and 1887): “A lottery is the worst form of gambling that I know of, because it requires no sleight of hand, no knowledge of trickery, so that a child can participate in it. . . . God save us and our children from the blighting power that teaches that men may do evil that good may come, and that ‘the end justifies the means.’ Upon every brick of a church built with money gained by gambling there is written in invisible letters, ‘Anathema Maranatha.’ ”.

Price: $150.00

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