New York et al. For Sale by American News Company et al. 1869. Hardcover. 8vo (9.1 in, 23.2 cm).  3-132 pp. Appendix.
Sole edition: Gerrit Smith (1797-1874) was a leading philanthropist and abolitionist. Smith generously donated to religious charities, promoted international peace, prison reform, temperance, land reform, and supported his wife and daughter who participated in the women's rights movement. Smith's greatest commitment was to end slavery and helped escaped enslaved people to reach Canada. Smith spent fifty years in politics in support of emancipation, helped to form the Liberty Party, often spoke in support of the cause, then spoke in support of Lincoln. In this controversial book, Smith who was religious but non-sectarian discussed natural theology, sin, suffering, science, and slavery with progressive Presbyterian pastor Albert Barnes who did not believe in original sin and that salvation was open to all of humanity.
OCLC. ANB. DAB. Sabin 82606 (indicates 1869). Publisher's dark brown binding, upper board with borders in blind and gilt lettering. Binding handled, prelims and terminal pages with a trace of pale foxing. Remarkably well-preserved, tight, and clean sole edition. Near fine. Item #1167