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(SLAVERY & ABOLITION.) Thomas Bacon. Sermons Addressed to Masters and Servants. vi, blank leaf, 238 pages. 12mo, contemporary calf, minor wear, spine label worn; foxing; ownership inscriptions and tag on front endpapers and flyleaf. Winchester, VA: John Heiskell, circa 1813
First American edition of sermons by a Maryland Episcopalian minister Thomas Bacon (1711-1768), urging that enslaved people be included in the Church and taught the principles of Christianity. Bacon's first two sermons were previously published in London in 1749 and 1782 as "Two Sermons Preached to a Congregation of Black Slaves at the Parish Church of S.P in the Province of Maryland by an American Pastor." They were followed by "Four Sermons, upon the Great and Indispensible Duty of all Christian Masters and Mistresses to Bring up their Negro Slaves in the Knowledge and Fear of God," published in England in 1750 and 1783. This edition includes a long supplement of "other tracts and dialogues on the same subject, and recommended to all masters and mistresses to be used by their families by the Rev. William Meade." Meade later freed his own slaves but defended the institution of slavery; he became the bishop of Virginia. Afro-Americana 762; Shaw and Shoemaker 27769.
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