An Appeal to the Methodists of Missouri by a Missouri Methodist. [Slavery in Missouri]
An 1850 call for unity in the Methodist church in Missouri over the issue of slavery in the wake of the 1844 separation of the Southern Annual Conferences from the Methodist Episcopal Church. In that year, the Methodist General Conference split over the issue of Bishop James Osgood Andrew’s owning enslaved African Americans.
The work is attributed to Fernandez C. Holliday (1814 – 1888) who calls for an adherence to a “conservative” position on slavery, effectively tolerating it: “Methodists of Missouri, your duty is plain ... That you should maintain the conservative ground that the church has ever occupied upon the vexed question of slavery. That you should neither give way to ultraists from the North nor from the South.” (pp15-16)
The Rev. Femandez Cortez Holliday was primarily associated with Methodism in Indiana. See the response to this title per The Reply to the ‘Appeal of a Missouri Methodist to the Methodists of Missouri’ by James Mitchell, published in St. Louis in 1850.
Description: An Appeal to the Methodists of Missouri by a Missouri Methodist. [Slavery in Missouri]
St. Louis, Mo.: T.W. Ustick, Printer, 1850. 16 pages. 8¼ x 5¼ inches. Removed; without original wrappers. Soft, vertical center crease; scattered foxing; remnant of red wax seal to last page; Very Good.
LCP, Afro-Americana 4900.