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Letter of William Huddleston


Held at: Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections [Contact Us]370 Lancaster Ave, Haverford, PA 19041

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William Huddleston was a 19th Century Indiana atheist turned spiritualist who attained some amount of notoriety for circulating anti-religion rhetoric throughout the midwest and in his hometown of Lotus, Indiana. An article in The American Spiritualist from February, 1872, reports on Huddleston's effort to disrupt a religious convention taking place in Cincinatti by passing out copies of his 16-line poem, "Religion is a humbug", which opens with the lines, "Religion is a humbug,/The Bible is a hoax,/The Preacher's in the pulpit/Bamboozling the folks". This collected letter of William Huddleston documents an effort he made to the stymy the conversion efforts of a church that had opened up in his hometown of Lotus, Indiana.

The letter consists of four loose-leaf, lined, bifolium pages written on in pen by the author, William Huddleston, about his efforts to run a newly-opened church out of his hometown, Lotus, Indiana, in the spring of 1872.

Collection was arranged by the creator.

Acquisition unknown.

Processed by Phillip Norman; completed April, 2019.


Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections
Finding Aid Author
Phillip Norman
Finding Aid Date
April, 2019
Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions

Standard Federal Copyright Laws Apply (U.S. Title 17).

Collection Inventory

Letter of William Huddleston, 1872.
Box 1

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