1785.015: Petition against Bill to Provide Teachers of Christian Religion (B).

Published: 1785

Full Title: To the honorable the general assembly of the commonwealth of Virginia. A memorial and remonstrance. We the subscribers, citizens of said commonwealth, having taken into serious consideration, a hill printed by order of the last session of the general assembly, entitled, “A bill establishing a provision for teachers of the Christian religion,” and conceiving that the same, if finally armed with that sanction of law will be a dangerous abuse of power, are bound as faithful members of a free state, to remonstrate against it; and to declare the reasons by which we are determined. We remonstrate against the said bill, because… [fifteen objections follow].

Author: Madison, James, 1751-1836.

Place Issued: Richmond

Issuing Press: Dunlap & Hayes

Description: 1 sheet [1 pg.]; (broadside).


Swem reported existence of this title, a second edition of a remonstrance written by James Madison (1785.014), published by George Mason (1725-92), author of Virginia's Declaration of Rights, in support of Madison's campaign to enact Thomas Jefferson's Statute for Religious Freedom in the Assembly of 1785/86, to which this petition was addressed; he attributed this title to press of Dunlap & Hayes, as he did the first edition. This title is either non-extant or typographically identical to first edition absent printer credit.

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