The God Proposed for our National Constitution. A Lecture, Given in Music Hall, Boston, on Sunday Afternoon, May 5, 1872. William Denton.

The God Proposed for our National Constitution. A Lecture, Given in Music Hall, Boston, on Sunday Afternoon, May 5, 1872.

Boston: Published by William Denton; for Sale by William White and Company, 158 Washington Street, 1872. First edition. Original printed drab wrappers, 7.63 x 4.88 inches, 34, [1] pages. Wrappers loose along the spine and nearly split, but holding; some light wear otherwise; in good to very good condition. Item #20516

“This God may seem a very harmless fellow, since he is only a thought god or a paper god; but, admit him into our Constitution, and out will come the army of fifty thousand priests that are hidden in his bowels, the gates will be opened to our enemies, and religious freedom be no more.” A fairly early free thought piece from the geologist, naturalist and political radical, and answer to the Christian Amendment movement that had grown up during the Civil War, which sought to amend the Preamble of the Constitution to include language making Christianity the basis of American legal authority. Early pencil ownership signature on the front wrapper. OCLC (1/2022) notes five locations (Cornell, Yale, Penn, LC, and the Henry Ford) for this 1872 edition.

Price: $250.00

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