Letters Addressed to Caleb Strong, Esq. Late Governor of Massachusetts, Showing that Retaliation, Capital Punishment, and War, are Prohibited by the Gospel; Justified by No Good Principle; Not Necessary to the Safety of Individuals or Nations; but, Incompatible with their Welfare; Inconsistent with the Christian Character; and Contrary to the Laws of Christ.

Providence: Printed by Miller & Hutchins, 1818. Stated third edition; the first appeared in 1816, Sabin also notes a stated third edition published in Philadelphia in 1818. 8vo, contemporary quarter calf, blue boards, 126, [1] pages. Edges quite rubbed, some wear and gouging to the spine; some light foxing; a very good copy. Item #11139

The attribution to Whelpley (1766-1817) is first revealed in this edition, on the final page. First published under the pseudonym Philadelphus, a series of pacifist and anti-capital punishment essays from the clergyman and teacher who had begun his career as a Baptist and ended up a Presbyterian (see Appletons'). Noted under Sabin 103230; American Imprints 46786.

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