St. Louis: Published by Keith & Woods, 1846. First edition. Original printed tan wrappers, 8.75 x 5.38 inches, , 126 pages. Light damp-staining to some lower corners of some leaves; some general soiling and light foxing; fragile spine more or less perished, but stitching sound; a good copy. Item #20263
“[The Jesuits] have always advanced by attaching the youth of the country to their cause, and selecting the most talented to fill their own ranks as co-workers. The scheme is wise, the means well adapted to their end, and the whole machinery is in operation in your midst; and you give your sons and daughters into their embrace! If, before your hair is silvered over and laid in the grave, you find them destroying the temple of liberty and of your God, you need not feel surprised;—it is a consequence invoked by your own acts.” An uncommon imprint and detailed polemic against the wiles of the Jesuits against the backdrop of increased opportunities for Catholic education in St. Louis (including the Jesuit St. Louis University); Brownson’s detailed response is dissected at length by Potts. American Imprints Inventory (Missouri 1803-1850) 486. Evidently an ex-library copy, with a small stamped red ink accession number to the title page and evidence of an erased DUP notation below that, otherwise no other obvious stamps or perforations, etc.