he standpoint of an abolitionist or of a universal reformer.
But now his rally was of anti-Sabbatarians who needed no converting, but should unite their voices in protest.
Hence the Address (germinated a dozen years before)
Ante, 2.111, 112.
To the Friends of Civil and Religious Liberty.
the right of every man to worship God according to the
Lib. 18.11. dictates of his own conscience is inherent, inalienable, selfevident.
Yet it is notorious that, in all the States, excepting Louisiana,
Originally a Catholic settlement, where the Civil Law obtained. there are laws enforcing the religious observance of the first day of the week as the Sabbath, and punishing as criminals such as attempt to pursue their usual avocations on that day,—avocations which even Sabbatarians recognize as innocent and laudable on all other days.
It is true, some exceptions are made to the rigorous operation of these laws, in favor of the Seventh-Day Baptists, Jews, and others who keep the sevent