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Entered, according to Act of Congress, in the year 1837,

BY REV. LA ROY SUNDERLAND,

In the Clerk's Offiice of the District Court of New York,

PREFACE.

In whatever points of view we look at the question of American Slavery, it assumes an aspect of the greatest importance. If it merely affected the temporal interests of the enslaved, or the present peace and safety of the enslavers, it would present claims upon the attention of this entire nation, which no well informed politician, no true patriot, could find it possible to pass by without the most serious and candid examination.

But this momentous question reaches beyond the grave, it involves consequences as real as the unending displea. sure of the offended Deity, or the bliss of everlasting life. How, then, can the faithful Watchman upon the walls of Zion, deny to this subject that consideration which its awful importance demands ? How can it be consistent for professing Christians to seek for a knowledge of the condition of the heathen, in foreign lands, when they may know, and should know, that a nation of heathen, without the Bible, and generally with. out the means of grace, are here—in their very,midst ?

The design of this book is to give a succinct view of the question of American Slavery, with which it con. cerns every man, woman, and child, in this Christian Republic, to be familiarly acquainted. In selecting such facts as was deemed proper to present on this subject, the author found it necessary to abridge a large mass of matter, which he had originally prepared for this work.

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