The One Test of Character. A Discourse. (Religion of Reason, No. 4)
1860. New York: Ross & Tousey, 1860.
8vo, 24pp. Original pink printed wrappers. Very good.
§ Smith, a politician from New York, served as a U.S. Representative from 1853-1854. He was a noted philanthropist and social reformer active in anti-slavery campaigns and women's rights. One of Smith's less common sermons, conducted at the approach of the critical Presidential election of 1860, concluding "Church of Peterboro! Be true to your own God at the approaching Election. He is not your God, who would have men vote for candidates who are in favor of a white man's Party, and of excluding the black man from suffrage and citizenship. He is not your God, who would have men vote for candidates in favor of seizing the poor innocents, as they fly from the pit of slavery, and of casting them back into it." Item #106057