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ELDER BEEBE: – To your editorial, vol. xii. No. 2. you have expressed an opinion entertained by me for many years; which opinion is predicated on the fact that all the literary institutions of the country are in the hands of the popular religionists of the day. Doct. Ely declared years ago that, “Two thirds of all the colleges, theological seminaries, and other academic institutions in this country are under the instruction and control of the Presbyterians.” At the present day none can obtain a situation as teacher, unless he is a professor of the popular religion. And this is not all; no books are suffered to be used, but such as have been prepared for the express purpose of instilling into the minds of the pupils, the principles which are to consolidate the power in their own hands. They say “they have felt desirous of rendering these books so abundant as to force out of circulation, those which tend to mislead the mind.” What the ultimate object of this organized system is, they have long since openly avowed. Doc. Burton said, “When all our colleges are under our control, it will establish our sentiments and influence so that we can manage the civil government as we please.” It is not improbably that the rising generation will consummate their plan, as the seeds of this principle are first sown in Sunday Schools, in which they report 9,000,000 now enrolled, and its growth is promoted through all the institutions of learning: and which does not know that the character of the man is built upon principles instilled into the mind of the children?

The moment they get the power into their own hands, those who do not subscribe to their views of religious duty, can expect to escape persecution; and the union of church and state is inevitably as associated with tyranny and oppression. Mr. Cheever, the Presbyterian minister, in a lecture lately delivered in New York, against Popery, fully demonstrated the principle. He said, he would no more (?) a Presbyterian with power to persecute then he would a Papist.” Queen Elizabeth, a Protestant, persecuted the Catholics and burned the priests. Take away the power and you draw the fang of the viper. Not before.. One conclusive proof of this may be found in the course pursued by the first settlers of this country, who notwithstanding they had themselves fled from religious persecution, so soon as they possessed the power, inflicted the severest punishment upon all who did not worship God according to their standard. See laws of Connecticut:

“Section 10. No one shall be a freeman, or give a vote unless he be converted and a member in full communion of one of the churches allowed in this dominion.

“Sec. 12. No Quaker, or dissenter from the established worship of this dominion, shall be allowed to give a vote for the election of magistrate or any office.

“Sec. 13. No food or lodging shall be offered to a Quaker, Adamite, or other heretic.

“Sec. 14. If any person turns quaker, he shall be banished, and not suffered to return, but on pain of death.

“Sec. 18. No one shall run on the Sabbath day, nor walk in his garden, or elsewhere, except reverently to and from meeting.

“Sec. 19. No one shall travel, cook victuals, make beds, sweep houses, cut hair, or shave on the Sabbath day.

“Sec. 20. No woman shall kiss her children on the Sabbath, or fasting day.

“Sec. 29. Every ratable person, who refused to pay his proportion to support the minister of the town or parish, will be find £2, and £4 every quarter, until he or she pay the rate of the minister.” 

Human nature ever being the same, the spirit of intolerance always will prevail with anti-christian professors of religion. And you may truly observe, “If chains of dire oppression are to clank around our necks, what will be the difference to Old School Baptists, whether they be forged by a Catholic or Protestant smith?”

W.

Signs of the Times.
Volume 12, No. 7.
April 1, 1844