Strickersville, Pa., April 14, 1846.
BROTHER BEEBE: – I find that the sabbatarians of our country are putting into execution the threat contained in the resolutions published in the Signs some time since; to enforce the blue laws of Pennsylvania. A celebrated Abolition lecturer by the name of Burly has been sentenced to prison one month for selling Abolition tracts on the holy Sabbath. But I do not feel that sympathy for him which I should for some others, since the Abolitionists have mounted the same beast with the popular clergy – both having, as I presume, the same object [political power] in view. From what I have seen of the beast I think it must be the same that John saw coming up out of the earth, having two horns like a lamb, but the voice of the dragon. The reason why I think it must be that beast, is, because I think it must have come from the earth, or a worse place, if possible, as I cannot see the least resemblance of heaven in it. One thing, however, occasions some little doubt of its being that beast, and that is, that I am at a loss to see any resemblance of the lamb in it; it appears to be all dragon from head to tail. – But I think the union between these two is like that between Judas and the High Priest; and should the clergy accomplish their purpose they will treat the Abolitionists as the Priest did Judas. But as you have thought about these things, will you tell us the difference between the right of distributing Abolition and religious tracts? and between selling tracts on the Sabbath to buy them on Monday? For my part I am just ignorant enough to think that an Abolitionist has the same right to distribute his tracts which our religionists have to distribute their’s; and that the collecting of money, on the holy sabbath is just as criminal as it would be to sell tracts on that day, but I confess that I am far behind the age, and this may account for my inability to discover the distinction referred to, that is, if their is any.
But I had like to forgotten to mention the name given to the beast; it is Temperance; and under this name it is carrying its rider Jehu-like; they have rode it into the legislative halls of this and our neighbouring states, and tempted a majority of both to mount it, and indeed a majority of the people have, if not fairly mounted its back, got hold of its tail, but I feel willing to hope that by some sudden twitch it may break their hold; but we shall see what we shall see, and if our dear bought rights are not torn from us it will not be for want of zeal on the part of the clergy, and the clergy ridden of the communities, or the apathy of others; from the latter of which I apprehend the greatest danger. They seem to be folding their arms in fatal security while the enemies of our natural and inalienable rights are straining every nerve to accomplish their unhallowed purpose, and all the hope we have is from the God of nations to whom we owe the many privileges we enjoy; and should it be his pleasure to withdraw his protection and leave us a prey to the teeth of our enemies, we must submit under the consoling reflection that all things work together for good to them that love him, to them who are the called according to his purpose. When I look at the portentious clouds gathering thick around us, thus highly charged with death and destruction to our liberties, my cowardice prompts me to ask a discharge from the war, that I may be where the wicked cease from troubling and the weary are at rest; but enough at present.
From yours as ever,
Signs of the Times.
Volume 15, No. 11
June 1, 1847