THE DUTY OF A RISING CHRISTIAN STATE TO CONTRIBUTE TO THE WORLD'S WELL-BEING AND CIVILIZATION, AND THE MEANS BY WHICH IT MAY PERFORM THE SAME. THE ANNUAL ORATION BEFORE THE COMMON COUNCIL, AND THE CITIZENS OF MONROVIA, LIBERIA- JULY 26, 1855: BEING THE DAY OF NATIONAL INDEPENDENCE. Rev. Alex Crummell.
THE DUTY OF A RISING CHRISTIAN STATE TO CONTRIBUTE TO THE WORLD'S WELL-BEING AND CIVILIZATION, AND THE MEANS BY WHICH IT MAY PERFORM THE SAME. THE ANNUAL ORATION BEFORE THE COMMON COUNCIL, AND THE CITIZENS OF MONROVIA, LIBERIA- JULY 26, 1855: BEING THE DAY OF NATIONAL INDEPENDENCE.

THE DUTY OF A RISING CHRISTIAN STATE TO CONTRIBUTE TO THE WORLD'S WELL-BEING AND CIVILIZATION, AND THE MEANS BY WHICH IT MAY PERFORM THE SAME. THE ANNUAL ORATION BEFORE THE COMMON COUNCIL, AND THE CITIZENS OF MONROVIA, LIBERIA- JULY 26, 1855: BEING THE DAY OF NATIONAL INDEPENDENCE.

[Boston]: London: Wertheim & Macintosh. 1856. Reprinted by the Massachusetts Colonization Society, 1857. Original printed wrappers [some dustsoil, a small rubberstamp], stitched, clean text. 31, [1] pp. Very Good. Pencil inscription at upper margin of front wrapper: "With respects of John Orcutt," probably the New England minister who was active in the American Colonization Society; and ink ownership signature, "Mrs. T. Cole," noted by that name in several relevant references as active during the 1890s.

Crummell was an Episcopal clergyman and, as the postscript notes, "of unmixed African extraction, well known to the Colored People of New York and Boston." Having traveled to England "to obtain the means of erecting a house of worship for a Protestant Episcopal congregation of Colored People in New York," he then became a missionary to Liberia, "where he has since resided." Here he celebrates Liberian independence day. The task for Liberia in the future is, "We must cultivate MEN." For, he says, "I doubt whether there can be found an eminent man in this country who is not haunted by the gloomy spectre of past thraldom."
FIRST AMERICAN EDITION. Blockson 8256. LCP 2843. Not in Work, Sabin, Dumond, Weinstein, Eberstadt, Decker. Item #36836

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