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Henry Grew, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, "to the Friends of Righteousness and humanity to convene at West Chester on the 25th inst.", 1861 October 23

 Item — Box: Small Collections Box 75, Folder: 1, Item: 3
Identifier: id152255

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Regrets that he cannot attend the abolitionist meeting; hopes God will guide the convention; afraid that "the Temptor" will turn them from a "right end" and make them use "wrong means"; God may use the Civil War to bring about abolition, but he may allow wicked men to accomplish this; the faithful are obligated to not support the war if it is not a "right measure to accomplish a right end"; the war is not just because it seeks merely to restore the pre-war government that allowed slavery; support for a government that merely prevents the extension of slavery is not enough; even if the ends are right (i.e. total abolition), war is still wrong; God's command of "thou shalt not kill" applies to soldiers as well; ministers who leave the pulpit and accept commissions are hypocrites; God's weapons are sufficient to defeat slavery.


  • Creation: 1861 October 23


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