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Recent Acquisitions, December 2001
Pamphlet, "The Duties of Patriotism. A Sermon for the Times"
William Wilson, 1861
Funds from the Friends of the Libraries purchased the printed pamphlet of a
sermon, delivered two weeks after the fall of Fort Sumter. William Wilson preached
"The Duties of Patriotism. A Sermon for the Times" before the 1st
United Presbyterian Church in Washington, Iowa on April 28, 1861. This powerful
sermon puts forth a moral argument against slavery, and hotly accuses the South
of wrongdoing. "They would not even await the result of negotiation, but
took the initiative in war. Because our government proposed to send provisions
to the starving garrison in Sumter, they bombarded the fortress tore down the
stars and stripes which floated there, and in their stead unfurled the flag
of rebellion......Events have been so controlled that the whole South
is now arrayed against the entire North; and we cherish the hope that
the day of compromise is past forever, and that when this unholy rebellion is
put down, Slavery, the great element of agitation, the blight and curse of our
country will fall forever, and that as a nation we will break every yoke."
Wilson states "For this Government to submit to a recognition of the Confederate
States is to utterly demoralize itself. To do so is to sign its own death warrant.
The deed is suicidal
.Slavery is an insatiate and insatiable monster, with
its black mouth ever open, and ever crying give! Give!
" He closes
the sermon by calling the congregation to the patriotic support of the government
of the North, whether that be by joining the cause to fight, or by supporting
the cause at home.