N.p. N.p., n.y. Paperback. 8vo. Self-cover. Very good. 4pp. Mild binding traces, else bright, clean and nice. Item #45634
Apparent first edition of this frustratingly-cryptic pamphlet, likely published in 1861 -- a rousing defense of slavery. The author's simple-minded response to the charge that "Slaveholding is in itself sinful, and therefore immediate and general emancipation is a duty" is "It is not true" -- and he defends slavery on Biblical grounds. This is the first grand mistake. Second grand mistake: "Slavery is the sole cause of our present national troubles." And the third: "The government has failed to suppress the rebellion, because it has not aimed at general emancipation." At the time this pamphlet was issued, quite early in the rebellion, only "several of the States have revolted and taken up arms against the government." The author's watery solution seems to be: Remember the Biblical precedent of slavery, forget emancipation and "we should doubtless now enjoy the smiles of Heaven." Scarce. A two-column format version exists that appears to be of later vintage. Not in Sabin.