Reading Room: 6,000,000 signatures

The National Sabbath Union held its first meeting in Foundry from December 11 to December 13, 1888. The church was festooned with petitions pasted on strips of red calico hundreds of yards in length. On each strip were signatures by the thousand. They totaled over 6,000,000, representing people asking Congress for a law that would guarantee all Government employees a day of rest and prohibiting interstate commerce on Sunday.

Col. Elliott F. Shepard was presiding officer at the sessions at which "many able speeches" were given. The entire meeting was calculated "to mark an era in the movement for preserving our Sabbath from the inroads of the advocates of the Continental Sunday."


This article, originally titled "The National Sabbath Union Meets" is provided and used with permission from Papers of Homer Calkin, University of Iowa Libraries, Iowa City, Iowa.