[Broadsheet] War or Slavery

[Manchester: Union and Emancipation Society, n.d., ca. 1863. First Edition. Text reproduces an address delivered by the Rev. Enoch Mellor of Liverpool "in his INAUGURAL ADDRESS at the ANNUAL MEETING of the CONGREGATIONAL UNION held in London," in which he "declared his sentiments on the present American Conflict." Mellor (1823-1881) was the life-long minister of the non-conformist Square Congregational Church in Halifax, West Yorkshire, with the exception of a five-year period coinciding with this address when he succeeded the abolitionist Congregational minister Thomas Raffles (1788-1863). Mellor's argument begins with reference to the Lancashire Cotton Panic, an economic depression caused by a dearth of baled cotton imports following the start of the American Civil War. Mellr goes on to say that "War /may/ be wrong, slavery /is/ wrong," comparing its presence on the American continent with that of the propagation of polygamy "carefully and resolutely laid as a foundation-stone in the territory of Utah." Original broadsheet handbill (22x13.5cm.); extremities chipped with shallow losses not approaching text, the whole rather dust-soiled and unevenly toned, else Good or better overall.

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