John Leland’s Fourth of July Oration

John Leland, born in Grafton, Massachusetts, served for a while in Virginia and then back in Massachusetts. This was part of his 4th of July 1802 oration: . . . Disdain mean suspicion, but [...]

A Colonial Baptist Plea for Relief from Taxation

A Colonial Baptist Plea for Relief from Taxation In 1775, the Baptists sent this resolution to the Massachusetts General Court. They were appealing for relief from the burdens of taxation to pay [...]

A Baptist Plea for Religious Liberty from 1774

A Baptist Plea for Religious Liberty from 1774 The Warren (Rhode Island) Baptist Association sent Isaac Backus (1724-1806), a prominent pastor from Middleborough, Massachusetts, to the [...]

Baptists and Religious Liberty

Baptists and Religious Liberty Here is some brief background information: Baptists enjoyed amazing growth in New England in 18th century. From 96 churches in 1740 they grew to 457 churches in [...]