The Brotherhood of Thieves: Or, A True Picture of the American Church and Clergy : a Letter to Nathaniel Barney, of Nantucket

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Anti-slavery Office, 1844 - Slavery - 72 pages
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Page 58 - Such a nation might truly say to corruption, thou art my father, and to the worm, thou art my mother and my sister.
Page 26 - When I say unto the wicked, O wicked man, thou shalt surely die ; if thou dost not speak to warn the wicked from his way, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity ; but his blood will I require at thine hand.
Page 33 - Resolved, — by the delegates of the Annual Conferences in General Conference assembled, that they are decidedly opposed to modern abolitionism, and wholly disclaim any right, wish, or intention, to interfere in the civil, and political relation between master and slave, as it exists in the slave-holding states of this Union.
Page 27 - Depart from me ye cursed into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels; for I was an hungered and ye gave me no meat ; I was thirsty and ye gave me no drink ; I was a stranger and ye took me not in ; naked and ye clothed me not ; sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not.
Page 64 - Was committed to jail, a negro man. Says his name is Josiah. His back very much scarred by the whip; and branded on the thigh and hips in three or four places, thus (JM). The rim of his right ear has been bit or cut off.
Page 37 - Upon the whole, then, whether we consult the Jewish polity, instituted by God himself; or the uniform opinion and practice of mankind in all ages of the world ; or the injunctions of the New Testament and the moral law ; we are brought to the conclusion, that slavery is not immoral. " Having established the point, that the first African slaves were legally brought into bondage, the right to detain their children in bondage follows as an indispensable consequence. " Thus we see, that the slavery which...
Page 33 - ... at issue; — and whereas, in this aspect of the case, a due regard for its own character, as well as a just concern for the interests of the Church confided to its care, demand a full, decided, and unequivocal expression of the views of the General Conference in the premises, — Therefore, "1.
Page 14 - If slavery be a sin, and advertising and apprehending slaves, with a view to restore them to their masters, is a direct violation of the Divine law; and if the buying, selling, or holding a slave, for the sake of gain, is a heinous sin and scandal; then, verily, three-fourths of all the Episcopalians, Methodists, Baptists, and Presbyterians, in eleven States of the Union, are of the devil. They 'hold...
Page 7 - I said, at your meeting, among other things, that the American church and clergy, as a body were thieves, adulterers, man-stealers, pirates, and murderers ; that the Methodist Episcopal Church was more corrupt and profligate than any house of ill-fame in the city of New York; that the Southern ministers of that body were desirous of perpetuating slavery, for the purpose of supplying themselves with concubines from among its hapless victims; and that many of our clergymen were guilty of enormities...
Page 34 - What a stupendous, what an incomprehensible machine is man! who can endure toil, famine, stripes, imprisonment, and death itself, in vindication of his own liberty, and, the next moment be deaf to all those motives whose power supported him through his trial, and inflict on his fellow men a bondage, one hour of which is fraught with more misery, than ages of that which he rose in rebellion to oppose.

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