Thornwell, J. H. The State of the Country 1861 Confederate Sermon

Thornwell, J. H. The State of the Country 1861 Confederate Sermon

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Thornwell, J. H. The State of the Country; An article republished from The Southern Presbyterian Review. Columbia, S. C.: Southern Guardian Steam-Power Press, 1861. [6149]

Removed, no wrapper, 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches, 32 pp., outer leaves soiled. Good. Pamphlet.
This is Thornwell's review of three publications printed in Charleston, SC, in 1860, which justified the Seccession of South Carolina from the Federal Union. Thornwell writes, "South Carolina has now become a separate and independent State. She takes her place as equal among all other nations of the earth. This is certainly one of the most grave and important events of modern times...As it is a matter of the utmost moment that the rest of the world, and especially that the people of the United States, should understand the causes which have brought about this astounding result, we propose, in a short article, and in a candid and dispassionate spirit, to explain them, and to make an appeal, both to the slaveholding and non-slaveholding States, touching their duty in the new and extraordinary aspects which affairs have assumed." This article has been considered to be an important primary-source document giving the arguments for secession from the Union.

James Henley Thornwell (1812-1862), b. Marlboro District, SC; prominent Old School Presbyterian minister, educator, editor, and author. He taught at both South Carolina College and Columbia Theological Seminary. Thornwell founded the Southern Presbyterian Review, edited the Southern Quarterly Review, and had a prominent role in establishing the Presbyterian Church in the Confederate States of America. Thornwell preached the first sermon and wrote the first address for the new denomination. He died on August 1, 1862 after a long struggle with tuberculosis.