Charleston: Letter-Press of E.C. Councell, 119 East Bay, 1850. 16pp, disbound. Light foxing starting at edges, else clean. Very Good.
Dedicating his Discourse to Governor Seabrook of South Carolina, Reverend Barnwell denounces the Compromise of 1850, champions South Carolina's secessionist cause, and gives free rein to his fire-eating Southern nationalism. He warns of the "covert, but decided menace on the part of those in authority, to prohibit, by force, the exercise of her unquestionable right, to resume the powers delegated to the General Government, and secede from the Union, if she sees fit." The "General Government is a Usurper"; it holds together Sections lacking in empathy. Exhibit A is the North's failure to enforce the Fugitive Slave Act.
The North will "use the whole power of the Government for its own aggrandizement, and the destruction of an institution which we believe to be of vital importance to our welfare." Convinced of "the righteousness of our cause," he argues, "to take away one's property because it consists in human beings, is as unrighteous an act as to rob him of any thing else."
III Turnbull 85. OCLC 4272037 . Not in Sabin, LCP. Item #22078