Waterloo, Iowa: Van Metre & Wilson, Printers, 1882. First edition. 8vo, original printed blue wrappers, 19 pages. A little light wear and toning and sunning; a very good copy. Item #19037
“Even in so-called enlightened nations, and in modern times—even in our own country where Church and State are said to be forever divorced—where it is said with bursts of oratorical boasting, that in this ‘land of the free and home of the brave,’ the adherents of every religion possess equal rights to enjoy whatever religious ideas they may have imbibed, so long as they interfere not with the rights of others to enjoy theirs—even here, many have been arrested, fined, imprisoned or even sold into slavery for life, because, like Jesus, *they kept not the sabbath day!*” A curious bit of small-town Hawkeye State free-thought, from farmer and greenbacker Matthew M. Harrington (1822-1892); an unattributed clipped obituary found for Farrington notes, “Mr. Farrington was what is commonly called a free thinker.” This detailed historical and logical dissection of the practice of the Sabbath is made up of twenty articles, arguing against its observance—in part on the grounds of the separation of church and state. Per OCLC, aside from the weekly Waterloo Tribune, this pamphlet appears to be the only work on OCLC from Van Metre & Wilson’s press.