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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 27

Sunday Opening

page 15

Sunday Opening.

I did not know until lately that your Public Library is open on the Sunday, but I had taken means to compel you to open it upon the Sunday. (Cheers.) A gentle pressure was put upon you, because in your Library there will be large portions of the Scriptures, often the whole, in at least 120 languages or dialects. (Cheers.) Could you, if your port is resorted to by sailors from all nations—would you dare to shut out from men, from every nation and clime, the power to go and read the Scriptures in their own tongue— (cheers)—when you might afford them an opportunity of so doing? I thus put a gentle pressure upon you which would have compelled you to open the Library on the Sunday, but the Corporation, I find, have already taken a step which I think wise, and have without delay afforded that facility to the public. (Cheers.)