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.
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).