BC Sessional Papers

PETITION. British Columbia. Legislative Assembly 1891

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 54 Vict. Lord's Day—Presbytery of British Columbia. 423
To the Honourable the Speaker and Members of the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia.
The Petition of the Presbytery of Columbia, of the Presbyterian Church in Canada,
humbly sheweth :—
That, in the judgment of the members of Presbytery, the proper observance of the Lord's
Day is not only a religious duty, but also an indispensable safeguard of public morality and an
important condition of material prosperity.
That, inasmuch as the Lord's Day is an institution that bears directly upon the ordinary
relationship of human life, no valid objection can be urged against legislating for its proper
observance : That the passage of the Bill " For the better observance of the Lord's Day,"
introduced by the Provincial Secretary, while not interfering with the religious freedom or
rights of conscience of any individual, would secure to all classes in the Province the enjoyment
of their unquestionable and inalienable right of Sunday rest.
That by the adoption of the Bill your honourable House would simply be falling into line
with the Legislatures of the other Provinces of the Dominion, with the British Parliament,
and with the vast majority of the State Legislatures of the American Republic.
That your petitioners believe that the legislation proposed would be eminently acceptable,
not only to the members and adherents of the Church which they represent, but also to the
great majority of the electors throughout the Province.
That it would be highly conducive to sobriety, good order and public morality that all barrooms and saloons should be closed between the hours of seven o'clock on Saturday evening
and seven o'clock on Monday morning, and between the hours of eleven o'clock in the evening
and seven o'clock in the morning of the other days of the week.
The Presbytery, therefore, respectfully but urgently petition your honourable House to
legislate in regard to these two important matters, and your petitioners, as in duty bound, will
ever pray, etc.
Signed in the name and by the authority of the j J.  A. Jaffary,  Moderator.
Presbytery of Columbia. | D.  MacRae,  Clerk.
victoria, b. c.
Printed by Richard Wolfenden, Printer to the Queen's Most Excellent Majesty


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