Augusta, Ga. Steam Power Press Chronicle & Sentinel, 1862. 15, [1 blank] pp. Disbound and lightly worn. Small rubberstamp at blank lower margin of page 14, two small rubberstamps at inner margin of final blank. Good+.
The Letter, according to De Renne, was written by Bishop Stephen Elliott of Georgia. It establishes the new Church in the Confederate States. "Forced by the providence of God to separate ourselves...at a moment when civil strife had dipped its foot in blood, and cruel war was desolating our homes and firesides," the Church has been required to adopt a new constitution and liturgy ["untouched in every particular save where a change of our civil government and the formation of a new nation have made alteration essentially requisite"]. Elliott insists that "the slaves of the South are not merely so much property, but are a sacred trust committed to us, as a people, to be prepared for the work which God may have for them to do in the future."
De Renne 647. Parrish & Willingham 9167. Item #30684