Washington: E. A. Waters, 1861. Wrappers. Octavo. 13 pages. Near Fine.
President James Buchanan declared January 4, 1861 a national day of fasting and prayer in an effort to calm both sides in the brewing secession crisis. This was the earnest sermon preached by Reverend Chew to his flock in Prince George's County, Maryland on that day. He here argues "that it was God who gave to our forefathers the wisdom to construct this government…[and] that though it may occasionally need repairs, those repairs should be made calmly, dispassionately, with circumspection and with caution; and that it is entirely too sacred a fabric to lightly and needlessly destroyed. Certain it is that if it is once destroyed, its place will never again be supplied. " Bound in printed paper covers over a saddle-stitched binding. Covers have a few chips along spine and edges, top fore corner of rear cover is chipped away.