[Philadelphia]: From the Press, 1795. 18pp, sewn, untrimmed, partly uncut. Mild toning, blank lower margin with some small wormholes. Very Good.
A forthright (though anonymous), scarce and powerful early defense of the religious liberty not to bear arms, based upon the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment; and, as the author puts it, "upon the ground of UNRESTRAINED FREEDOM OF OPINIONS, which is the BIRTH-RIGHT, and the CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT of EVERY CITIZEN OF THESE STATES, whether in religious or other concerns."
The author objects to the pending militia bill in Congress, under which conscientious objectors would pay a fine in lieu of military service: "a man should not be forced to wrong his own conscience." For historical support he invokes the life and work of William Penn in his establishment of Pennsylvania.
Evans 28967. ESTC W13134 [9 locations]. Not in Cohen. Item #35827