[Presentation Copy] Oration on the Principal Duties of Americans; Delivered before the Washington Society…on Thursday the 4th of July. With the Farewell Address of the Hon. William Drayton…
Presentation Copy from Thos. S. Grimké
Fourth of July address delivered in the immediate aftermath of the Nullification Crisis and inscribed by Grimké: “D. Howe Allen, Prof. M. and N. T., Marietta, Ohio, from Thos. S. Grimké.”
Thomas S. Grimké was a South Carolina lawyer, education reformer, and peace advocate. Like his more famous sisters, abolitionist and women’s rights advocates Sarah Moore Grimké and Angelina Grimké Weld, Grimké was a noted progressive social reformer. As an owner of enslaved African Americans, he eschewed anti-slavery efforts, though he did support the work of the American Colonization Society to “repatriate” enslaved American back to Africa. (ANB).
In his oration, Grimké praises the Founding Fathers and upholds the primacy of the Union and the U.S. Constitution. The pamphlet also publishes Col. William Drayton’s (1776–1846) farewell address. Drayton, “an implacable foe of nullification” (DAB), defends the federal union against South Carolina’s attempts to nullify the Tarriffs of 1828 and 1832.
Professor D. Howe Allen, D.D. of Lane Theological Seminary in Cincinnati, Ohio succeeded the seminary’s first president, Lyman Beecher (father of Harriet Beecher Stowe), as professor of systematic theology.¹ Thomas Grimké‘s brother-in-law, Theodore Weld, studied at Lane Theological Seminary and was a leader of the abolitionist student group called the “Lane Rebels.”
Description: [Presentation Copy] Oration on the Principal Duties of Americans; Delivered before the Washington Society…on Thursday the 4th of July. With the Farewell Address of the Hon. William Drayton…
Charleston [South Carolina]: Printed by William Estill, 212 King Street, 1833. [i]–iv, –39, [1 (blank)]pp. Removed. Printed green front wrapper; rear wrapper absent; foxed and browned.
Sabin 28860. Note. 1. Pamphlet Souvenir of the Sixtieth Anniversary in the History of Lane Theological Seminary… (Cincinnati, 1890), p36.