[John Brown, Execution of:] The Iniquity: A Sermon Preached in The First Church, Dorchester, On Sunday, Dec. 11, 1859.

Two sermons on American slavery and on the recently executed John Brown


Two anti-slavery sermons preached by Nathaniel Hall 1805–1875) in Dorchester, Massachusetts just days after the December 2, 1859 execution of radical abolitionist John Brown. The pamphlet’s cover title describes its content: Two Sermons on Slavery and Its Hero-Victim. The sermons are printed chronologically out of sequence.

Declaring of John Brown, in the second sermon, Hall preached:

Call him, if you will, mistaken, foolish—mistaken as to the justifiableness of the means employed, foolish in his estimate of the efficiency of those means in relation to his end. What has it to do with the moral rightness and wisdom of the man? If you deny him the attribute of a prudential rationality, you must accord him the virtues, in glorious measure, of courage, magnanimity, humaneness, truth. ... If you say he believed in a “God of battles,” he believed, at any rate, in a God who battled for right as against wrong, for the oppressed as against the oppressor, and who puts swords into his servants’ hands, to do, if need be, likewise. (pp26–27, emphases in original)

This sermon on John Brown, titled The Man,—The Deed,—The Event: A Sermon Preached in the First Church, Dorchester ... 1859, was preached twice, on December 4 and again on December 11, 1859.

On the latter day, Nathaniel Hall preached an additional, new sermon, The Iniquity: A Sermon… (printed first within this pamphlet) on American slavery urging slaveholders and their “abettors” to “Repent [and] reform.” Further: “We will no longer be partners in the upholding and cherishing of this accursed barbarism.” (p17–18)


Description: [John Brown, Execution of:] The Iniquity: A Sermon Preached in The First Church, Dorchester, On Sunday, Dec. 11, 1859.

Boston: Printed by John Wilson & Son, 1859. 37, [3(blanks)]pp. First Edition. 9¼ x 5¾ inches. Printed wrappers; stitched. With separate title page (same imprint) for second sermon. General wear; upper wrapper with soil and sl. wear and separating from spine; good.

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Price: $150.00