Boston: J. H. Eastburn's Press, 1861. First edition, apparently a duplicate from Harvard's library, with an early pencil gift notation noting receipt from an alumnus on the verso of the title page (but no other evident library marks). 8vo, original wrappers. Wrappers a little soiled, worn and loose; paper covering the spine largely perished; a very good copy. Item #13269
A moderately complex sermon on the issues of the day--Allen has much on the history of the compromises behind the Constitution and the errors of the South, but also harsh words for the Abolitionists: "A *Christian slave-holder* is, in his view, as much as contradiction as a *Christian murderer*. . . . Thus, the fundamental principle of Abolitionism, must, from the nature of the case, be evil and only evil, upon the heart and mind of those who *really* embrace it; and such, all experience, in our country at least, shows to be the fact."