This is from the bound collection—“bundle #5”—that includes sermons from January 2, 1910 to January 15, 1911.
A sermon given ahead of city elections. Starts at a general "philosophical" level comparing more-or-less civilized life in Pittsfield with that of a "barbarous and ill-organized" community or "mining camp" where law and order is carried in a man's pocket. The civilization of Pittsfield reduces certain freedoms with the benefit of new freedoms being opened up. As to specifics for Pittsfield in 1910, there is a concern about the city charter that gives all power to the state and the state's political machine. Utilities -- electricity and gas -- are gouging and should be taken over along the lines of water and sewer. The school buildings should be used in the evenings for talks, recreation, morally uplifting opportunities, as opposed to saloons, from which the city draws license fees - -and creates an opportunity for graft. Despite all of this, Davis is optimistic.
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Earl Clement Davis, sermons, minister, Unitarianism, religion, city elections, Pittsfield
Davis, Earl Clement, "Some Questions of Municipal Housekeeping" (1910). Sermons, 1905-1919. 65.