History of the Welsh Sunday Closing Act

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General Books LLC, 2009 - 80 pages
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1885 Excerpt: ... XL-CONCLUSION. T took about fourteen years of hard work to obtain Sunday Closing for Wales, and about the same time have they been trying, more or less, for Sunday Closing in England. We have obtained the desire of our heart in this thing in Wales, and wish our friends in England God-speed. We promise them all the help we can possibly render, and beg them to take encouragement from what we have experienced. The difficulty in obtaining this Act was not to convince the people but to convince Parliament, and this is the difficulty which confronts Mr. J. C. Stevenson to-day in his English Sunday Closing Bill. The people for whose good it is intended are convinced, and are prepared for it, but Parliament, up to the present, seems not ripe for this change. We urge the people of England to press their representatives upon this point, and pressure will make them yield. England will never rest satisfied until free entirely from the ravages of intoxicating drink upon the Lord's.Day. The licensed victuallers have long boasted that they had been entrusted with the liberties of the people. But I ask, When) Where? How? did this come about. Who would ever think of handing over to the tender mercies of such a class the liberties of the people? What for? Are they better able to take care of them than the people themselves? Is it right to perpetuate such a system? Is it not a fact, that because of drink, the land mourneth? To save all this sorrow and death, let us try to stop this plague. If we want to open up the channels of commerce, and see our coal, iron, and cotton manufactories in a flourishing condition once more; to banish distress and cause sufferings to vanish; to usher in the reign of contentment and prosperity, then drink must be driven out of our midst. Eemove t...

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