A Discourse on Religion and Doctrines, Delivered Before the Society of Free Enquirers, in Boston. November 15, 1829.

Boston: Hooten & Teprell, Printers, 1829. First edition. Original printed blue-green wrappers, 8.25 x 5.13 inches, 12 pages. Wrappers somewhat foxed, a little soiled and worn; some light wear; in very good condition. Item #19221

“With deep interest, Free Enquiry invites religion and education to her halls of science; natural philosophy invites them; moral science, and especially the philosophy of mind invites. They will *there* learn, that religion, morality, dignity of character, and happiness form one system, founded, not on *Revelation,* but on *relations* of man. . . .” From the Harvard-educated physician comes this broad-minded summary of the aims of the Society of Free Enquirers, one of the earliest American free thought associations, founded sometime in the summer of 1829 in response to a series of lectures delivered in Boston that summer by Frances Wright, this society formed under the guidance of the great blasphemer himself, Abner Kneeland. Windship evidently took a broad view toward liberal reform, approaching Bronson Alcott in December, 1829 with a plan to create an educational program for the children of free thought radicals. (Per French, Alcott “could have doubled his meagre income by accepting, but the psychic cost of associating himself with such persons outweighed the attraction of the money.”) With attractive ads on the rear wrapper for stationery and schoolbooks from Amos B. Parker, and fancy job printing (“punctually executed”) by Hooton & Tepprell. American Imprints 41569. See also French, Roderick S. “Liberation from Man and God in Boston: Abner Kneeland’s Free-Thought Campaign, 1830-1839.” American Quarterly 32, no. 2 (1980): 202-21.

Price: $250.00

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