The Two Prime Ministers on the Sunday Question.
A circular is being issued by the Working Men’s Lord’s Day Bess Association which gives the opinions of the late and the present Prime Ministers on this question as follows ;—The Earl of Beaconsfield, in voting against the Sunday opening of museums, said, in the House ofLords : —‘ Of all Divine institutions, the most Divine is that which secures a day of rest for man. I hold it to be the greatest blessing ever conceded to man. It is the corner stone of civilization, and its removal might even affect the health of the people. It (the opening of museums on Sundays) is a great change, and those who suppose for a moment that it could be limited to the proposal of the noble baron to open museums they will find they are mistaken. ” —The Bight Hon. W. E. Gladstone, M.P., has always voted against the Sunday opening of the British Museum, &c. , and in a reply to a deputation in March, 1869, he said—“ The religious observance of Sunday is a main prop of the religious character of the country. From a moral, social, and physical point of view, the observance of Sunday is a duty of absolute consequence. ” In a letter dated 13th January, 1876, Mr. Gladstone wrote as follows to Mr. 0. Hill ; —“Believing in the authority of the Lord’s Day as a religious institution, I must as a matter of course desire the recognition of that authority by others. But, over and above this, I have myself, in the course of a laborious life, signally experienced both its mental and its physical benefits. I can hardly overstate its value in this view, and for the interest of the working men of this country, alike in these and in yet higher respects, there is nothing I more anxiously desire than that they should more and more highly appreciate the Christian day of rest. English Paper.
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