Lot 7 of 522:
Methodist Church and slavery 1865  

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Lot closed - Sold For (Includes Buyers Premium):$1,560
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Liberty To The Captives! Special Collection, For The Liberated Slaves In America To Be Made On Sunday, 8th October, 1865, At The Brunswick Street Wesleyan Sabbath School.


Melbourne and Sydney

Clarson, Shallard and Co. Printers



Broadside, printed in black on white paper. The central portion of the text surrounded by nine Biblical quotes from both the Old and New Testaments, and at upper left a quote from Uncle Tom’s Cabin, “An’t yer mine now, Tom; body and soul?” 26.5x21 cm (10½x8½").

An important broadside concerning the stance of the Methodist Church and the liberated slaves. During the Civil War the British dominions including the colony of Australia were officially neutral. However, there did remain in Australia sympathy for both the Union and the Confederacy. As for the Wesleyan Methodist Church, from its founding in 1800, it had testified against slavery as a moral evil. Printed ephemera with an Australian connection to the American Civil War is very rarely encountered. This broadside represents that link between British political thought, the American Civil War, the emancipation of four million African-American slaves and the Methodist church.

Lot Amendments

Old horizontal fold, some loss to upper left corner, bent corner and short edge tears at upper right, corner crease at lower left, mild foxing across center section, short closed tears at folds; good or better.

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