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WITHINGTON, LEONARD. Thanksgiving Sermon: Preached Nov. 28, 1850, at Newbury, First Parish. By Leonard Withington, Pastor of the First Church. We never seem to gain a paltry advantage over them--ie. the abolitionists--in debate, without attacking some of those principles, or deriding some of those feelings for which our ancestors have shed their blood.--Burke's Speech in conciliation of America. Newburyport: Charles Whipple. Boston: Perkins & Whipple. 1850. 12mo. Bound in modern marbled paper covers with printed title label on front cover, clean, very good condition. Collation: 12 unsigned leaves. Pagination: (1) title, (1) blank, -24pp. Leonard Withington (1789-1885) Longtime Congregational minister (he lived to age 96) and a graduate of Yale (1814). We offer his sermon against the Fugitive Slave law. "Mr. Burke said in one of his pieces--and he was no radical--that 'bad laws are the worst kind of tyranny.' They are deliberate tyranny; tyranny on system--not a single act, but perpetual tyranny. If the Southern gentlemen did but know it, the Fugitive Slave Bill is the worst thing for their cause that could possibly be invented. Because it keeps the system constantly before our minds; it keeps us in constant irritation, and presents a spectacle which is always reminding us of the deformity of slavery and our participation in it... Now I venture to predict this constant spectacle will do more to alienate the two portions of the country than any thing that could be imagined..."--pp.17-18.