Item #14157 The American Citizen. A Discourse on the Nature and Extent of our Religious Subjection to the Government Under Which We Live: Including an Inquiry in the Scriptural Authority of that Provision of the Constitution of the United States, which Requires the Surrender of Fugitive Slaves . . John Krebs, ichael.

The American Citizen. A Discourse on the Nature and Extent of our Religious Subjection to the Government Under Which We Live: Including an Inquiry in the Scriptural Authority of that Provision of the Constitution of the United States, which Requires the Surrender of Fugitive Slaves . . .

New York: Charles Scribner, 1851. First edition, ex-library with a small ink stamp on the front wrapper (but no other evident marks). 8vo, original printed peach wrappers, 40 pages. Wrappers somewhat soiled, sunned and a bit worn; a very good copy. Item #14157

Krebs delivers a Thanksgiving sermon on the Fugitive Slave Law and the Christian necessity of returning fugitive slaves to their masters, both to provide a "sanitary cordon" against the influx of escaped slaves (and their baleful cultural influence) from the South, as well as to preserve slaves themselves from the corrupting influence of Northern meddlers, "because the stimulus to running away which is worked from the North upon the slaves of the South. It is not merely of their own accord, that the bulk of these refugees have fled from their masters. The most of them have not been spontaneous." Krebs notes in a prefatory letter that "I have not seen one candid attempt to state and meet the scriptural arguments lately published in support of the Constitution and the Laws: but I have seen, instead, some characteristic specimens of sneering, vituperation, and calumny against the 'clergy,' as being hard and unsympathising. . . . This is a small matter, to be judged by man's judgment. But it is a serious indication of the disloyal spirit that is abroad." Sabin 38314. OCLC appears to locate four copies only (under four different records) at MiU-C, MWA, Sutro & British Library.

Price: $100.00

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