The Recent Attempt to Defeat the Constitutional Provisions in Favor of Religious Freedom, Considered in Reference to the Trust Conveyances of Hanover Street Church
Boston: Hilliard, Gray, and Co., 1828. Second Edition. 12mo (18cm.); removed; 24pp. Light foxing, else Very Good and sound.
Treatise by the Federalist Boston lawyer John Lowell (1769-1840), criticizing Orthodox congregationalism while promoting religious freedom and tolerance, arguing "Has not a man, or a body of men, a right to found a church for the maintenance of any religious opinions, and impose what restraints he or they please? To be sure they have. A man may found a mosque, a synagogue, or even a temple to Juggernaut. He may provide for what mode of worship he pleases, provided it is not revolting to public feeling" (p. 21). A note at the end of text on p. 24 reads: "Since the first edition of this pamphlet was published, I learn that there had been two or three of the examples which Dr Beecher would call 'pernicious.' They render it more important, that the public should comprehend the danger to christian liberty." SABIN 42457; SHOEMAKER 33925.