Philadelphia: King & Baird, 1854. Original publisher's cloth decorated and stamped in blind, rebacked with gilt-lettered spine title. 251 pages. Several blank margin stamps of the "Afro American Book Store, 916 Locust St., Phila. Pa. Rev. D.,J. Russell, Jr., Manager." Lower blank margins of some leaves prominently spotted. Text generally clean. Good+.
A rare work by the African-American Rector of St. Thomas's, which Absalom Jones founded in 1792 as the first black congregation in Philadelphia. Douglass was born in Baltimore to Free Negroes, ordained in Maryland and, before coming to Philadelphia, was a Minister on Maryland's Eastern Shore.
In these twelve sermons he asserts, "the great master sin of the nation is, that of sanctioning that system of outrage, which allows man to hold property in his fellow man." He offers assurance that "retributive justice will overtake sinners at last." The sermons also emphasize the importance of a spiritual life of forbearance, forgiving injury, avoiding worldly temptations. Renewal "by the Spirit" is even more important than "a liberal contribution to some educational institution, or for religious purposes," although a donation "may be the means of promoting the present and eternal happiness of thousands of our race."
FIRST EDITION. Work 408. LCP 3242. Not in Sabin, Blockson, Dumond. Item #36837