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A presentation copy of a work on the slavery controversy within the Methodist Episcopal Church, published in the run-up to the American Civil War. The author, William Logan Harris (1817 – 1887), was an abolitionist and Methodist bishop. He gave this copy to his Methodist colleague Rev. J.H. Morrow, who in turn gave it to another minister.


Slavery was a major controversy within the Methodist Episcopal Church. It had divided the church in 1844 when members from the South who supported slavery formed their own faction, the Methodist Episcopal Church, South. But as this publication shows, the issue was to divide the church until the Civil War.


Harris’s text is a series of articles previously published in slightly different form in newspapers, revolving around the question, “Is the general conference competent to pass a simple rule of discipline which will exclude all slaveholders from the church?”. This issue had been discussed at the 1856 General Conference in Indianapolis without leading to a unanimous decision. 


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Methodist William Logan Harris on slaveholding. Presentation copy

€ 1.750,00Price
  • William Logan Harris.

    The constitutional powers of the General Conference, with a special application to the subject of slaveholding.

    Cincinnati, Methodist Book Concern, 1860.

  • 15,4 x 9,5 cm. 156 pp. Lovely modern half morocco, Spanish-marbled boards. The original first free endpaper restored and with a presentation inscription by the author: "Rev. J.M. Morrow With regards of the Author.", and another inscription (in pencil) by J.M. Morrow: “Rev. J. Quilin[?] with regards of Morrow”. Title-page backed with Japanese tissue paper and remnants of a blind stamp.

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