Memoirs of the Rev. Ammi Rogers...of the Episcopal Church...Persecuted in the State of Connecticut, on Account of Religion and Politics, for Almost 20 Years, And finally Falsely Accused and Imprisoned in Norwich Jail, for 2 years...Also, An Index to the Holy Bible; And a concise view of the Authority, Doctrine, and Worship, in the Protestant Episcopal Church
3d ed. Middlebury, VT, Copeland, 1830, 268pp, marbled paper on boards. w/leather spine, index.
This small early volume written in 1823 by the minister of the Episcopal Church in Hebron, Connecticut gives a view of Connecticut during the time the Congregational Church was the established church and most public officials were members of that church. This theocracy was not changed in Connecticut until the 1818 Constitution passed which eliminated the special privileges (including being supported by taxes) of the Congregational Church.
In the introduction Rev. Rogers writes: "There has been, for years past, much animadversion on the union of Church and State. I have practically felt the operation of the two fold chord which is now happily broken in Connecticut, and which has almost prostrated me in the destruction of it."
Rev. Ammi Rogers' memoirs gives an extensive view of life under a theocracy while being a minister of a "dissident" sect of the Protestant faith, ironically the branch of the faith that was the established religion in England at the time.
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