Boston: 1864. Folio broadside, printed in three columns, 11-3/4" x 14-1/4". Printed in four columns beneath the caption, two repairs to blank outer margin. Very Good.
The Society, founded in 1863, published numerous articles to promote support for the Union, emancipation, and victory. The first essay, on "The Next Presidency," praises Lincoln's "singular combination of prudence with boldness, of great steadiness of mind with great power of adaptation to circumstances... his remarkable faculty of inspiring every one with a sense that he is a thoroughly honest and trustworthy man." Delight is expressed "that the popular heart is set upon his re-nomination."
The Society vindicates the Catholic Church from complicity in the horrors of slavery, and exposes the foolishness of purported pro-Union men who support slavery only for the sake of continued Union. It insists upon immediate emancipation of Negroes, and quotes the Missouri Democrat's observation that "the advocate of gradual emancipation never will become prepared to admit that the time has come for the negro to be set free... The gradual Emancipationist, from any motive, is practically no Emancipationist at all."
Sabin 52696 [reference]. The Society's broadsides are scarce. The Library Company owns several, but not this one. We note a location at Gettysburg College. The Rubinstein Collection at Duke owns some Society broadsides, but evidently not this one. Item #37488