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RELIGIOUS INSTRUCTION FOR THE
A SPEECH MADE AT THE ANNIVERSARY MEETING OF THE AMERICAN SUNDAY
SCHOOL UNION IN BOSTON, MAY 27, 1852.
I AM greatly honored, my friends, in being called on to preside over the Anniversary Meeting of this excellent Association, and I gladly avail myself of the opportunity to express, in a few introductory words, my cordial concurrence and sympathy in all its operations and in all its objects.
There is, indeed, no nobler work to which human efforts can be devoted, than that of sowing the seeds of Christian knowledge, and cultivating the growth of Christian principle, in the minds and hearts of the young, through the agency of Sunday Schools. There is no object, certainly, more conformable to our highest religious obligations, nor any more conducive to our most cherished social and civil interests.
I cannot forget that among the principal reasons of our Pilgrim Fathers for quitting Holland — where, as you all remember, they sojourned for nine or ten years after their memorable flight from England
was the desire to be in a condition to pursue this precise object. They sought not merely " freedom to worship God” for themselves, and in their own way, but they sought freedom and opportunity to bring up their children in the way they should go, and to habituate them to a proper observance and improvement of the Lord's Day.
In the words of their memorialist, as received by him from their own lips, they foresaw that Holland would be no place for